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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. Currently you can listen in a Space on Web. We are working on building out more abilities on twitter.com.

 

How to use Spaces

How do you start a Space?

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To schedule a Space, tap Schedule for later. Choose the date and time you'd like your Space to go live. 
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Allow mic access (speaking ability) to Speakers by toggling Allow mic access to on.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Get started chatting in your Space.
  11. 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.
 

Spaces FAQ

Where is Spaces available?

Anyone can join, listen, and speak in a Space on Twitter for iOS and Android. Currently, starting a Space on Web is not possible, but anyone can join and listen in a Space.

Who can see my Space?

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.

How do I invite people to join a Space?

Invite people to join a Space by sending an invite via DM, Tweeting the link out to your Home timeline, or copying the invite link to send it out.

Who can join my Space?

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.

Who can speak in my Space?

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.

Can I schedule a Space?

Hosts can schedule a Space up to 14 days in advance. Hosts can still create impromptu Spaces in the meantime, but can only have a max of one upcoming scheduled Space.

When you open up Spaces, tap Schedule for later and pick the date and time you’d like to schedule your Space to go live. As your scheduled start time approaches, you will receive push and in-app notifications reminding you to start your Space on time.

How do I get notified about a scheduled Space?

Guests can sign up for reminder notifications from a scheduled Space card in a Tweet. When the Host starts the scheduled Space, the interested guests get notified via push and in-app notifications.

What controls do I have over my Space?

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.

How can I block someone in a Space?

While in a Space, tap on the account’s avatar to pull up the option menu. Tap Block. This action will also block the account on Twitter.

How can I mute a Speaker in a Space?

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.

How can I see people in my Space?

Hosts, Speakers, and Listeners can tap on the  icon to see people in a Space. 

How can I report a Space?

If you think a space violates the Twitter Rules, you can report it while in the Space by tapping the   icon and tapping Report this Space. Anyone in the Space can report it. Speakers and Listeners can report a Space and any account in a Space.

How can I report a person in a Space?

To report an account in a Space, tap on the account’s avatar and then tap Report. You will then need to choose the reason for reporting the account.

How many people can speak in a Space?

For now, a maximum of 11 people (including the Host) can speak at the same time.

How many people can listen in a Space?

There is no limit on the number of listeners.

What happens after a Space ends and is the data retained anywhere?

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.

Who can end a Space?

The Host of a Space has the ability to end a Space. A Space may also end if it is found to be in violation of the Twitter Rules.

Does Spaces work for accounts with protected Tweets?

Accounts with protected Tweets are not able to create Spaces. They are able to join and speak in other people’s Spaces, and their presence will be visible to other participants.

Is Spaces accessible for people who are deaf or hard of hearing?

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).

How is Twitter thinking about accessibility?

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.

Does Spaces support captions or other accessibility options?

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.

 

What Spaces will feel like


Spaces Sensory Guide


Joining a Space

Sensory guide of how joining a space might feel.
  Sound Level Motion Level Imagery Level Information Level
Receives invite via DM to join a space or sees an active space in Fleet line or timeline Quiet Low High High
Joins space as a listener and enters a conversation Medium Captions off: Low; Captions on: Medium Captions off: Medium; Captions on: High Captions off: Medium, Captions on: High
Requests speaker privileges Medium Low Medium Medium
Unmutes self and contributes to the conversation Loud Captions off: Low; Captions on: Medium Caption off: Medium; Captions on: High Caption off: Medium; Captions on: High
Space ends or leaves conversation Quiet Low Low Low

Hosting a Space

Sensory guide of how hosting a Space might feel.
  Sound Level Motion Level Imagery Level Information Level
Opens Twitter app on iOS Quiet Low High High
Taps "Start Space" Quiet Low Medium Captions off: Medium, Captions on: High
Names and starts Space Quiet Low Medium Medium
Launches Space, begins speaking as listeners join Medium to Loud Captions off: Low; Captions on: Medium Caption off: Medium; Captions on: High Caption off: Medium; Captions on: High
Ends Space Quiet Low Low Low


Spaces Social Narrative

Twitter Spaces allows me to join or host live audio-only conversations with anyone on Twitter.

Joining a Space

  1. When I join a Twitter Space, that means I’ll be a Listener. I can join any Space on Twitter, even those hosted by people I don’t know or follow.
  2. I can join a Space by selecting a profile photo with a purple, pulsing outline at the top of my Timeline, selecting a link from someone’s Tweet, or a link in a Direct Message (DM).
  3. Once I’m in a Space, I can see the profile photos and names of everyone in the Space, including myself.
  4. I can hear one or multiple people talking at the same time. If it’s too loud or overwhelming, I can turn down my volume.
  5. As a Listener, I am not able to speak. If I want to say something, I can send a request to the Host. The Host might not approve my request though.
  6. If the Host accepts my request, I will become a Speaker. It may take a few seconds to connect my microphone, so I’ll have to wait.
  7. Now I can unmute myself and speak. Everyone in the Space will be able to hear me.
  8. When someone says something I want to react to, I can choose an emoji to show everyone how I feel. I will be able to see when other people react as well.
  9. I can leave the Space at any time. After I leave, or when the Host ends the Space, I’ll go back to my Timeline.

Hosting a Space

  1. When I start a Space, that means I’ll be the Host. Anyone on Twitter can join my Space, even people I don’t know and people I don’t follow.
  2. Once I start my space, it may take a few seconds to be connected, so I’ll have to wait.
  3. Now I’m in my Space and I can see my profile photo. If other people have joined, I will be able to see their profile photos too.
  4. I will start out muted, which is what the microphone with a slash through it means. I can mute and unmute myself, and anyone in my Space, at any time.
  5. I can invite people to join my Space by sending them a Direct Message (DM), sharing the link in a Tweet, and by copying the link and sharing it somewhere else like in an email.
  6. Up to 10 other people can speak in my Space, and I can choose who speaks and who doesn’t. People can also request to speak, and I can choose to approve their request or not.
  7. When people join my Space, I may hear one or multiple people speaking at the same time. If I think they’re too loud, I can turn down my volume or mute them.
  8. I can revoke speaking privileges, and block, remove or report someone if they’re being offensive or disruptive to me or others.
  9. When someone says something I want to react to, I can choose an emoji to show everyone how I feel. I will be able to see when other people react as well.
  10. When I end my space it will end for everyone.

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