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So you can start using Twitter Spaces, the new Clubhouse rival with which we can create audio chat rooms



Twitter Spaces, Twitter's response to the Clubhouse phenomenon, is here. Maybe 'answer' falls short: the microblogging network aspires to repeat the achievement of Instagram when it copied the 'stories' format and left its creator out of the game, Snapchat.



What Spaces offers is, in a nutshell, a tool to create, in a very simple way, public chat rooms (without limit of listeners) based on audio. And all this without leaving the Twitter app itself.





First glance



For now, only a minority of users have received the notification that they are already capable of hosting these kinds of conversations, but in the next two weeks this functionality will be generalized until it reaches all tweeters (as long as their accounts are not protected).



And, in any case, all of us can participate now as listeners- You can test it out by joining the spaces you'll see at the top of your Twitter timeline.



Of course, you will need to be using the latest versions of the Twitter apps for Android and iOS; Well, when trying to join a space (via link) in the web version we have received the following message:




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The message in the picture is misleading, because Android users can access to spaces ... what they cannot, for now, is to act as hosts thereof. Small limitations that we will see disappear once Spaces leaves its current beta phase.



Good news: once you are participating in a space, you can continue making normal use of your smartphone, it is not necessary for Twitter to remain maximized on the screen.







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How to create a space (only for iOS)?



  1. Press and hold the 'Write' button, then press the 'Spaces' icon.

  2. Select who will get permission to speak in the conversation. The options are: "Everyone", "People you follow" or "Only the people you invite to speak" (in the latter case, you will have to select them one by one and they will receive the invitation link in a direct message) .

  3. Press "Start your space" to get started, then give the Twitter app access to your device's microphone if you haven't already.



Space



Remember that you also have the option to add a descriptive title to your space, so that users know what you are talking about.



What new features can we expect in the coming weeks?



Apart from what we have said above about the fact that soon all users will be able to be both listeners and hosts, there are a series of functionalities that Twitter is already working on, such as the possibility that a space has more than one host.



Those responsible for Twitter claim to be developing tools for those hosts who wish to record their spaces... and, in parallel, and for security reasons, they promise that they will enable measures that prevent conversations from being recorded without the consent of the attendees.



More: Hosts will be allowed schedule the broadcast of your spaces, so that users interested in listening to them do not have to be aware of when the link is posted to access them once they have been created.



Currently, we can share tweets with the participants of a space ... but, in addition, from next week all the people who join one will be able to see all the tweets that have been previously shared in it.