Twitter has finally announced that it is rolling out its new audio feature ‘Spaces’ to all its users. The feature will be available on both iOS and Android.
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Twitter Spaces is rolling out to more people! now everyone can tap in to join a Space and more of you can host pic.twitter.com/ReSbKTlDCY
When Spaces was launched, it was available to a limited number of users as it was still under testing, which was back in March. Spaces is more like Twitter’s replica of Clubhouse, the platform that Android users couldn’t access, and so part of Twitter’s plan to expand Spaces to Android was inspired from the lack of availability of Clubhouse for Android.
Twitter explains that Spaces will be offered to users with at least 600 followers, which would suggest that these users “are likely to have a good experience hosting live conversations because of their existing audience.”
However, the 600 followers limit is a clever move by Twitter, as Clubhouse has the same limitation; the only difference being that while it is a technical limitation in Clubhouse, that is not the case with Spaces. It is just Twitter’s way of adding some amount of FOMO and exclusivity, so as to create excitement among users without access to the feature, before they too are able to host their own Space.
The 600 followers limit was, nevertheless, a key element in Clubhouse’s growth, as it caused it to become a platform for the coolest of users who could secure a much-coveted app invite, hence boosting Clubhouse’s initial momentum and making audio social the next big thing.
It looks like, though, that Clubhouse could lose its momentum with Twitter taking over. Potential Clubhouse users can even start their own Spaces on Twitter without even downloading the Clubhouse app.