Twitter Spaces, the company’s new live audio rooms feature, is opening up more widely. The company ad Today, it makes Twitter spaces available to any account with 600 or more followers, including iOS and Android users. It also officially unveiled some of the features it is preparing to launch, such as spaces with ticketing, scheduling features, reminders, support for co-hosting, accessibility improvements, and more.
Along with the expansion, Twitter is also making Spaces more visible on its platform. The company notes that it has started testing the ability to find and join a space from a purple bubble around someone’s profile photo straight from the home timeline.
Twitter says it decided the 600 follower figure was the minimum for accessing Twitter spaces based on its previous tests. Accounts with 600 or more followers tend to have “a good experience” hosting live chats because they have a larger existing audience that can connect. However, Twitter says it is still planning to offer spaces to all users in the future.
In the meantime, it is accelerating with new features and new developments. Twitter has created public spaces, taking user feedback into account, as it prioritizes features and updates. Already he has built a expanded set of audience management controls, as users have requested, introduced a way for hosts to mute all speakers at once and added the laughing emoji to its set of reactions, after users have requested it.
From now on, its objective is to turn to creators. Twitter spaces will soon take over several co-hosts, and creators will be able to better market and even charge for access to their events live on Twitter spaces. A feature, which will arrive in the coming weeks, will allow users to schedule and set reminders on spaces they don’t want to miss. It can also help creators who market their event in advance, as part of the RSVP process, it could involve pushing users to “set a reminder” regarding the upcoming show.
Twitter Spaces rival Clubhouse also just announced a reminders feature at its town hall event on Sunday as well as at the start of its Android external tests. It looks like the two platforms may soon be neck and neck in terms of the feature set.
But while Clubhouse recently launched an in-app donation feature to support favorite creators, Twitter will soon introduce a more traditional way to generate income from live events: ticket sales. The company says it is working on a feature that will allow hosts to set ticket prices and the number of tickets available for a given event, in order to give them a way to earn income from their Twitter spaces.
A limited group of testers will have access to the ticketed spaces in the coming months, Twitter says. Unlike Clubhouse, which has yet to tap into creators’ income streams, Twitter will take a small portion of those ticket sales. However, he notes that the “majority” of the revenue will go to the creators themselves.
Twitter also noted that it is improving its accessibility feature, live captions, so that they can be paused and personalized, and is working to make them more accurate.
The company will host its own Twitter space today at around 1:00 p.m. PT to discuss these announcements in more detail.