What is Twitter Spaces
Spaces is the name of a new experiment with which Twitter is going to test how the voice could become that new form of communication within its own platform. A richer option than text and that if it were to take hold could completely change the way in which most use the popular social network.
Of course you wonder why Twiiter wants us to use voice instead of text, of those 280 characters (initially only 140) that have always defined it. The reasons are basically having a greater capacity when it comes to transmitting emotions, nuances and even empathy towards other users.
And there we do have to give them the reason that it is practically the only safe way to do it. Because who has not read a message with the wrong tone? Well, that is partly what this new feature that Twitter is testing with a small number of users wants to solve at the moment.
Going into a little more detail, Spaces will allow creating small spaces where a small group of users will be able to connect directly and intimately. That is, as if they were small audio chat roomsThe idea is that the conversation that takes place is as pleasant as when we meet for dinner with a small group of people.
In any case, it is important to know that in these new Twitter spaces, absolute control will be held by whoever creates it. That means everyone will be able to hear what is being said inside, but Only the owner of the space and those people who are given permission participate to do it.
What other users will be able to do is make use of reactions through emojis and the like. Something that possibly also sounds familiar to you because of what can be done on other platforms when a live is performed, etc.
Twitter Spaces and the Clubhouse model
If you are involved in all this of social networks, platforms, online services, etc., you probably know Club House. This is a particular social network that is very fashionable and not because of its massive growth but because you need an invitation to access it.
When you manage to be part of Clubhouse, what you find is that it is a 100% auditory social platform. The only thing you need to enjoy it, in addition to the logical invitation because otherwise you cannot access it, is a pair of headphones to listen carefully to everything that is discussed in its rooms.
That is another of the peculiarities of the platform, is organized in rooms which you can access to talk about topics as diverse as politics, technology, economics, etc. Each of these rooms has its moderator and although they have received some criticism, the truth is that inside you can find important figures within the Silicon Valley entrepreneurial world or celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher.
Well that's more or less the model that Twitter seems to implement with Spaces. And the good thing is that with this you already know a little about what problems and dangers you face, so they are already working on solving all that before its global launch if it happens. Because again we must remember that for now it is just an experiment.
The future of social media: voice
As we said at the beginning, there are those who believe that voice will be the future of social networks and they may be right. During this 2020 we have seen how to connecting with those who matter to us became more relevant. It is true that it has not been an easy year and the COVID 19 pandemic forced many to remain locked at home, barely able to communicate with other people except through the use of technology.
This is how various proposals such as the direct ones from Instagram, video calling applications such as Houseparty, Zoom, Meets, etc., gained more and more users. And all of this also made some wonder to what extent it was worth betting on a communication where audio is the most important thing.
In Wired they speak very highly of this whole situation and how now it seems that all of them are going to experiment to see to what extent or what is the formula for success that they introduce voice as an element of communication in social networks equal to or more important than written messages.
For now, Twitter tries this option while the rest profiles what it already has or is making changes to allow interaction with more people at the same time. However, the biggest challenge in using the voice is the fight against harassment. If they achieve tools capable of making the user feel safe, then victory will be near.
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