Twitter to update Spaces, testing themed stations and daily digest

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As TechCrunch has learned and confirmed by Twitter, Twitter is developing an updated version of its audio chat product known as Spaces. The company said it is currently working on a new experiment for the Twitter Spaces tab in its app, but declined to discuss the specifics of the change. However, screenshots from one of the earlier versions of this test include what appear to be themed audio stations, as well as a personalized audio digest.

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The test shows the updated look and feel of Spaces, which organizes audio rooms by topic, such as Music or Sports. They are represented by colorful cards and images from the programs. (Oddly, in some cases, the images represent traditional podcasts.) There’s also a feature dubbed “Your Daily Digest,” which includes a selection of programs that can be played at the touch of a button. The tab also shows who is listening to you, as it is now.

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The company said that an official announcement will be made later, after the finalization of the concepts, but did not give a specific timeline.

Image credits: Twitter screenshot via Watchful

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Twitter also highlighted these images, which came from a competitive intelligence firm. Vigilant – are inaccurate and outdated. We are told that they are only an “initial version” of a new experience that is in development. (The company asked us to pause posting for this reason, but we declined. TechCrunch often covers new products in their early stages — and it’s interesting to see what direction Twitter might take with Spaces going forward. even the final product looks noticeably different when it hits the market. We think our readers agree.)

Image credits: Twitter screenshot via Watchful

Based on our assumptions, the updated version of Spaces seems to be based on Spaces support for themes, launched last year. This allowed creators to tag their audio programs with up to three topics from a common list. This spring, Twitter also made it easier for users to access more details about Spaces when they tapped the Space tab by posting space at the top of the screen which displayed who is hosting, topics and other information. Now you can experiment with themes to better group different spaces together.

In any case, it’s clear that the company is thinking about how to better present the spaces of interest to listeners – and one way to do this is to improve the organizational system and improve the user interface.

Today, the Spaces tab makes it hard to find as it offers a few suggestions at the top, followed by spaces from people you follow, then other live spaces that are happening right now, and below is a selection of popular spaces. Programs themselves often now have long, unwieldy titles as creators insert keywords, hashtags, and searchable Twitter usernames into the show’s title. At any given time, the choice of popular and active spaces is brimming with investment- and crypto-focused ones, as web3 proponents are active on Twitter. It also makes it harder to find as you have to scroll a bit to find shows outside of that genre.

Also, the layout today only makes sense to people who are regular users of Spaces. When more casual users have free time, they may want to find Spaces based on what’s being discussed rather than their connections to social media hosts or what’s “hot” right now. The digest can also make the product more appealing to those who want to keep up with Spaces but don’t have time to keep up with the news.

We will let you know if Twitter decides to share product changes.




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