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 functionality 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 at the top of your timeline.
  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 13 people (including the host and 2 co-hosts) 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 co-hosts or speakers by tapping on the people icon  and adding co-hosts or speakers, or tapping on a person’s profile picture within a Space and adding them as a co-host or 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, your Space will automatically serve live captions.
  9. As a listener, choose whether or not you want to see captions by tapping the Show captions button 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 start a Space?

People on Twitter for iOS and Android can start 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, and each Space has a link that can be shared publicly. Since Spaces are publicly accessible by anyone, it may be possible for people to listen to a Space without being listed as a guest in the Space.

We make certain information about Spaces available through the Twitter Developer Platform, such as the title of a Space, the hosts and speakers, and whether it is scheduled, in progress, or complete. For a more detailed list of the information about Spaces we make available via the Twitter API, check out our Spaces endpoints documentation

Can other people see my presence while I am listening or speaking in a Space?

Since all Spaces are public, your presence and activity in a Space is also public. If you are logged into your Twitter account when you are in a Space, you will be visible to everyone in the Space as well as to others, including people who follow you, people who peek into the Space without entering, and developers accessing information about the Space using the Twitter API.

If you are listening in a Space, your profile icon will appear with a purple pill at the top of your followers’ Home timelines. You have the option to change this in your settings.

Manage who can see your Spaces listening activity
Step 1

Tap your profile photo on the top left menu and navigate to Settings and privacy.

Step 2

Under Settings, go to Privacy and safety and then to Spaces.

Step 3

Choose if you want to Allow followers to see which Spaces you’re listening to by toggling this on or off.

Step 1

Tap your profile photo on the top left menu and navigate to Settings and privacy.

Step 2

Under Settings, go to Privacy and safety and then to Spaces.

Step 3

Choose if you want to Allow followers to see which Spaces you’re listening to by toggling this on or off.

Step 1

On the left nav menu, tap or click on the more  icon and go to Settings and privacy.

Step 2

Under Settings, navigate to Privacy and safety.

Step 3

Under Your Twitter activity, go to Spaces.

Step 4

Choose if you want to Allow followers to see which Spaces you’re listening to by toggling this on or off. 

Your followers will always see at the top of their Home timelines what Spaces you’re speaking in.

What does it mean that Spaces are public? Can anyone listen in a Space?

Spaces can be listened to by anyone on the Internet. This is part of a broader feature of Spaces that lets anyone listen to Spaces regardless of whether or not they are logged in to a Twitter account (or even have a Twitter account). Because of this, listener counts may not match the actual number of listeners, nor will the profile photos of all listeners necessarily be displayed in a Space. 

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 unless you’ve blocked the account. If you create a Space or are a speaker in a Space, your followers will see it at the top of their timeline.

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 EveryonePeople 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 or co-hosts by tapping on the  icon and adding speakers or tapping on a person’s profile picture within a Space and adding them as a co-host or speaker. Listeners can request to speak from the host.

Hosts can also invite other people outside of the Space to speak via DM.

How does co-hosting work?

Up to 2 people can become co-hosts and speak in a Space in addition to the 11 speakers (including the primary host) at one time. Co-host status can be lost if the co-host leaves the Space. A co-host can remove their own co-host status to become a Listener again.

Hosts can transfer primary admin rights to another co-host. If the original host drops from Space, the first co-host added will become the primary admin.

Once a co-host is added to a Space, any accounts they’ve blocked on Twitter who are in the Space will be removed from the Space.

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. Scheduled Spaces are public and people can set reminders to be notified when your scheduled Space begins.

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.

Can I record a Space?

Hosts can record Spaces they create for replay. When creating a Space, toggle on Record Space. While recording, a recording symbol will appear at the top to indicate that the Space is being recorded by the host. Once the Space ends, you will see how many people attended the Space along with a link to share out via a Tweet. Under Notifications, you can also View details to Tweet the recording. Under host settings, you will have the option to choose where to start your recording with Edit start time. This allows you to cut out any dead air time that might occur at the beginning of a Space.

If you choose to record your Space, once the live Space ends, your recording will be immediately and publicly available for anyone to listen to whenever they want. You can always end a recording to make it no longer publicly available on Twitter by deleting your recording via the more icon on the recording itself. As with live Spaces, Twitter will retain audio copies for 30 to 120 days after they end to review for violations of the Twitter Rules.

Co-hosts and speakers who enter a Space that is being recorded will see a recording symbol (REC). Listeners will also see the recording symbol, but they will not be visible in the recording.

Recordings will show the host, co-host(s), and speakers from the live Space. 

What controls do I have over my Space?

The host and co-host(s) of a Space have control over who can speak. They can mute any Speaker, but it is up to the individual to unmute themselves if they receive speaking privileges. Hosts and co-hosts 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 or co-hosting a Space, people you’ve blocked can’t join and, if you’re added as a co-host during a Space, anyone in the Space who you blocked will be removed from the Space. 

How can I block someone in a Space?

While in a Space, tap on the account’s profile photo to pull up the option menu. Tap Block. This action will also block the account on Twitter. Blocking someone in a Space will not automatically remove them from the Space unless you are a host or co-host of the Space. 

How can I mute a speaker in a Space?

To mute a speaker in a live Space, tap on the account’s profile photo, 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. Since Spaces are publicly accessible by anyone, it may also be possible for an unknown number of logged-out people to listen to a Space’s audio without being listed as a guest in the 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 more 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 profile photo 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 13 people (including the host and up to 2 co-hosts) 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 available captions for 30 days after a Space ends to review 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 (a total of 120 days after a Space ends) to allow people to appeal if they believe there was a mistake. Twitter also uses Spaces content and data for analytics and research to improve the service.

Hosts may download copies of their Spaces for as long as we have them by using the Your Twitter Data download tool.

Links to Spaces that are shared out (e.g., via Tweet or DM) also contain some information about the Space, including the description, the identity of the hosts and others in the Space, as well as the Space’s current state (e.g., scheduled, live, or ended). We make this and other information about Spaces available through the Twitter Developer Platform. For a detailed list of the information about Spaces we make available, check out our Spaces endpoints documentation

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?

People in a Space can tap the Show captions button to see automated live captions (with a few seconds of delay).

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?

People in a Space can navigate to the more  icon and tap the Show captions button to see automated live captions (with a few seconds of delay).

 

What Spaces will feel like


Spaces Sensory Guide


A sensory guide is an accessibility tool that identifies sensory stimuli that people may encounter in an environment.

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


A social narrative is a simple story that describes social situations and social behaviors for accessibility.

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

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).

Showing two ways to Join a Space: purple outline at the top of your Timeline, and an invitation in a Tweet.

3. Once I’m in a Space, I can see the profile photos and names of some people in the Space, including myself.

Preview of the profiles and names of people who are already in the Space. The last profile shows the number of additional people in the Space: +26

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.

Highlighting the Request button at the bottom left of the screen.

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.

A Speaker is muted upon entering the Space. The unmute button says “Mic is off.”

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.

Listener selects the “peace sign” reaction when they join the Space.

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.

The Leave button is located in the top right of the screen, next to the Space’s name.

Hosting a Space

1. When I start a Space, that means I’ll be the host. Anyone 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 logged-in, people have joined, I will be able to see their profile photos, too.

To start, the Host is the only person in their Space.

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.

The "Mic if off" button has a slash through the mic and is located at the bottom left of the screen.

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 have speaking privileges in my Space at the same time, 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.

The Host can choose to let the person speak, by choosing the checkmark, or not, by choosing the "x".

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.

The Host views the Speakers and can revoke speaking capabilities if they choose.

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.

The reactions button is selected and 5 emoji options appear: 100, raised fist, peace sign, waving hand, face with crying tears of joy.

10. When I end my space it will end for everyone.

The "End" button is located in the top right corner to the right of "Your Space."

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