The attack on the Clubhouse’s likely short-lived domain continues as more and more social networks begin to cast their own vision on social audio spaces. This time it’s Twitter’s turn to join the fray, making Spaces available to everyone. This, however, comes with a caveat that still limits who can use the audio-only feature to those who have hundreds of followers who are supposed to justify having a Space in the first place.
Twitter was really one of the first to try to create something similar to the Clubhouse last year. Unlike Facebook, which directed its New Product Experimentation group to create all kinds of new applications and services, Twitter actually acquired another company to help drive the development of Spaces. The social podcasting service Breaker announced this acquisition at the beginning of the year and its developers started to work on Twitter spaces.
After a trial period, this feature is now available to everyone. Well, at least for everyone with 600 followers or more. Twitter justifies this requirement by saying that “these accounts are likely to have a good experience hosting live conversations because of their existing audience.”
Spaces has the usual features of an audio-only platform that supports three classes of users, namely, hosts, speakers and participants. The last group is silenced by default and can only react through emojis, but can ask to speak to be heard. Spaces also has a very special system for handling accounts that you have blocked and you will see labels when you enter a Space where someone you have blocked is a speaker.
Twitter predicts that Spaces encourages both small, intimate conversations with 600 followers and large discussions with thousands of followers. It is also a joke that will present ways to monetize the new platform, specifically with tickets that hosts can sell. Whether it will get better than its Story-like fleets is another question.