About Twitter Spaces
Spaces is a new way to have live audio conversations on Twitter. We’ve been testing and building this in the open with @TwitterSpaces and your feedback so we get it right. We love how it’s shaping up, but there is much more to come including new features and updates. Stay tuned!
Note: We are early in our launch but growing. Anyone can join, listen, and speak in a space on Twitter for iOS and Android. We’re currently working on building the ability to participate in a space on twitter.com.
How to use Spaces
How do you start a space?
- The creator of a space is the Host. As a Host on iOS, you can start a space in two ways: Long press on the Tweet compose on your Home timeline and then tap the new Spaces icon (multiple circles forming a diamond shape) on the far left. Or, tap on your profile image in Fleets, scroll to the far right, and tap Spaces.
- Spaces are public, so anyone can join as a Listener, including people who don’t follow you. Listeners can be directly invited into a space by DMing them a link to the space, Tweeting out a link, or sharing a link elsewhere.
- Up to 11 people (including the Host) can speak in a space at any given time. When creating a new space, you will see options to Name your space and Start your space.
- Once the space has started, the Host can send requests to Listeners to become Speakers by tapping on the people icon and adding speakers or tapping on a person’s profile picture within a space and adding them as a Speaker. Listeners can request permission to speak from the Host by tapping on the Request icon below the microphone.
- When creating a space, the Host will join with their Mic off and be the only Speaker in the space. When ready, tap Start your space.
- Allow mic access (speaking ability) to Speakers by toggling Allow mic access to on.
- As the Host, you’ll need to follow the prompts to allow captions. This will allow people who need captions to follow along with the conversation.
- As a Listener, choose whether or not you want to see captions (if Hosts/Speakers have turned them on) by tapping the View Captions toggle to on or off in your Spaces settings.
- Get started chatting in your space.
- If you’re hosting, make sure to Tweet out the link to your space so other people can join. Tap on the icon to Share via a Tweet.
For now, all Spaces are public like Tweets, which means they can be accessed by anyone. They will automatically appear at the top of your Home timeline, where you see Fleets, and each space has a link that can be shared publicly.
For now, all spaces are public and anyone can join any space as a Listener. If you create a space or are a Speaker in a space, your followers will see it at the top of their timeline, in their Fleets.
By default, your space will always be set to Only people you invite to speak. You can also modify the Speaker permissions once your space has been created. Tap the icon, then tap Adjust settings to see the options for Speaker permissions, which include Everyone, People you follow, and the default Only people you invite to speak. These permissions are only saved for this particular space, so any space you create in the future will use the default setting.
Once your space has started, you can send requests to Listeners to become Speakers by tapping on the icon and adding speakers or tapping on a person’s profile picture within a space and adding them as a Speaker. Listeners can request to speak from the Host.
Hosts can also invite other people outside of the space to speak via DM.
The Host of a space has control over who can speak. They can mute any Speaker, but it is up to the individual to unmute themselves. Hosts/admins can also remove, report, and block others in the space.
Speakers and Listeners can report and block others in the Space, or can report the Space. If you block a participant in the space, you will also block that person’s account on Twitter. If the person you blocked joins as a Listener, they will appear in the participant list with a Blocked label under their account name. If the person you blocked joins as a Speaker, they will also appear in the participant list with a Blocked label under their account name and you will see an in-app notification stating, “An account you blocked has joined as a Speaker.” If you are entering a space that already has a blocked account as a Speaker, you will also see a warning before joining the space stating, “You have blocked 1 person who is speaking.”
If you are hosting a space, people you’ve blocked can’t join.
To mute a speaker in a live space, tap on the account’s avatar, which will pull up an option menu. Tap Mute their mic and you will receive an in-app notification that will let you know the individual has been muted. You also have the option to mute all speakers in your space at once.
Spaces are accessible while they are live; once ended, they will no longer be available publicly on Twitter. Twitter retains copies of audio from Spaces and captions (if turned on) for 30 days after a space ends in case there is a need to review them for violations of the Twitter Rules. If a space is found to contain a violation, we extend the time we maintain a copy for an additional 90 days to allow people to appeal if they believe there was a mistake.
Upon creating or speaking in a space for the first time, people are asked to consent to having their speech in spaces captioned in live time. At any point while Hosting, Listening, or Speaking inside of a space, any person can tap the Show captions button, which will allow them to see live captions (with a few seconds of delay) of any Host or Speakers who have consented to having their speech in spaces captioned. If a Speaker wants to turn on captions after they’ve started a space for the first time, they can do so in their device settings.
We understand that this solution relies on the Speaker turning on automatic captions on their device for participants, and we are strongly encouraging all Speakers to do so. As a quick follow-up, we are working on a solution where Twitter services will perform the automatic captioning and any participant will be able to turn on captions at any time.
Captions only appear on-screen when a person is looking at a live space. We do not show captions to a person if they have docked the space to the bottom of their Twitter app or are off the app (although the audio will continue to play).
We’re collaborating internally with our accessibility teams and with an external accessibility vendor for review.
Spaces will also release with accessibility for screen readers, though like any product, we'll continue to make additional improvements over time.
When creating a space, you have the ability to turn on live captions for all Speakers and Listeners to see, either when creating a space for the first time or later in your device settings. Spaces currently relies on automatic captioning on both iOS and Android, so there will be inaccuracies resulting from background noise or other factors. We’re actively working on making live captions better.