Spaces offers Twitter users the opportunity to chat with each other in audio-based rooms and now there’s the option to co-host a Space. Twitter first began testing Spaces in December of last year. After initially launching on iOS devices, Spaces rolled out on Android devices back in March, and before Clubhouse did. For those interested in co-hosting a Space with someone else, it only takes a few steps to get started.
Although users need at least 600 users to host a Space, anyone can join one by clicking the purple bubble located at the top of the Twitter feed, allowing them to listen to the conversation and react with emojis. Users can even DM the host to ask if they can contribute to the conversation. Earlier this year, Twitter announced that Spaces would also make its way to the desktop version of Twitter, presumably in another attempt to get ahead of Clubhouse. Twitter also recently began to offer Ticketed Spaces, providing users with the opportunity to monetize their Spaces by setting a ticket price.
Hosts are now able to invite up to two people to be co-hosts. Once deemed a co-host, the user gains a wide range of abilities, including inviting other speakers, removing people and pinning Tweets. To invite someone else to be a co-host, start a Space, tap on the two-person button, and then on the ‘Invite co-hosts’ option. From there, the user just needs to select up to two people by tapping on their names and hitting the ‘Send co-host invite’ button. At which point a screen will pop up asking if the host is sure about sending out the invites. By tapping ‘Send co-host invite’ once again to confirm, the co-hosts will be invited to share hosting duties with the original Space creator.
Why Co-Hosting Is A Great Feature
Co-hosting is a great addition to Spaces because it means everyone involved, including the original host, will be able to enjoy the conversation more. When hosting duties are shared between people, there’s less pressure on the creator. It also means that anyone who is causing trouble in a Space can more easily be spotted and dealt with. Essentially, the ability to co-host is likely to lead to a more enjoyable conversation by fostering a more comfortable atmosphere in general.
Twitter Spaces has a lot going for it and seems to be releasing features quickly enough to give Clubhouse a real run for its money. However, with Clubhouse now out of beta and no longer needing an invite, the race may be only starting between these two audio-room apps. With Twitter now offering a co-host option, Spaces has gained a new depth and an additional way for users to enjoy their Spaces with friends and followers.
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