Twitter could add an integrated podcasts tab

Looks like Twitter is creating a dedicated podcasts tab, like shown in a screenshot posted by reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong. The image shows a microphone icon in the bottom menu bar of the Twitter app, which appears to lead to a page titled “Podcasts”.

The screenshot shows no indication of how podcasts might be displayed on the platform or if it will somehow incorporate Spaces, the platform’s audio-only chat rooms. Right now, Live Spaces are placed at the top of Twitter feeds, and it would make sense to organize them into a separate tab.

Twitter began branching out into audio when it first launched Spaces in 2020 and dove even deeper into the medium with its acquisition of social podcast platform Breaker. Spaces is an ongoing project for the platform, which recently started allowing anyone to create chat rooms and allowing all mobile users to record conversations.

Recorded Spaces are already a bit like podcasts, albeit temporary, that only last 30 days. If a Twitter podcast feature is something like Spotify or Apple Podcasts, users could choose and listen to podcasts at their leisure, without rushing to catch a Spaces live stream or listen to recordings before time runs out.

As social platforms look to add more features to potentially generate more revenue, Twitter is just the latest to possibly develop another arm to support podcasts. Last year, Facebook launched a podcast feature for select creators, while Reddit just enabled recording for its audio-only chats. The edge reached out to Twitter with a request for comment, but did not immediately respond.


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