Twitter is opening Spaces, its live audio conversations platform, to anyone with over 600 followers. Up until now, Spaces was under beta testing and available to a limited number of Twitter users.
Twitter Spaces is similar to Clubhouse, where one can host a room and have a live audio-only conversation. Twitter also announced a new set of features that it intends to bring to Spaces in the coming weeks and months.
Twitter Users With 600+ Followers Can Now Host Spaces
Twitter is now allowing anyone with over 600 followers on the platform to host a Space. So, how did the company deem 600 followers to be a good enough number for someone to host a Space? In its announcement on the Twitter blog, the company says that based on its learnings, accounts with over 600 followers “are likely to have a good experience hosting live conversations because of their existing audience.”
The company is also taking this as a learning opportunity and is looking to help improve Spaces discoverability before opening it up to everyone.
Ticketed Spaces Will Allow Hosts to Generate Revenue for Hosting a Space
Twitter also revealed the features that it would be adding to Spaces next. The first in line is Ticketed Spaces that will allow hosts to monetize their Space using a ticketing system.
Hosts will be able to set ticket prices and decide the number of tickets available for sale. Twitter will keep a small amount of the revenue generated via the sale of tickets, with the majority going to the host. The company did not provide an exact revenue sharing figure for this.
Twitter will be rolling out Ticketed Spaces to a limited group of users in the coming months.
Ticketed Spaces: we’re working on a way for hosts to be rewarded for the experiences they create and for listeners to have exclusive access to the convos they care about most. soon, we’ll test ticketed Spaces with a small group where hosts can set ticket prices and quantity pic.twitter.com/uHxxvmo3wC
— Spaces (@TwitterSpaces) May 3, 2021
Secondly, you will be able to schedule and set reminders for upcoming Spaces. This will ensure that you don’t miss a Space being hosted by your favorite Twitter user. This feature will be rolled out in the coming weeks.
Twitter is also making it easier to join Spaces easily. When a user is hosting a Space, a purple bubble will be displayed around their profile picture in your timeline. You can tap on it to join the Space.
Another new feature coming to Spaces is Host with others, which will allow you to co-host a Space with other people who can help manage speakers, participants, and more. Accessibility improvements are also coming to Spaces, including improved live captions with the ability to pause them, scroll back, and change their fonts.