Starting Monday, Twitter will bring the ability for accounts with 600 or more followers to host Spaces, the clubhouse-like social audio rooms. While this is slightly later than the company’s April launch, users on iOS and Android devices will be included in the update.
The company said it landed on the 600 followers following feedback from readers and what it has learned since then introduced Spaces at the end of last year. “These accounts probably have a good experience hosting live conversations because of their existing audience,” the company said in a blog post announcing the changes. “Before we give everyone the opportunity to create a Space, we want to learn more, make it easier to discover Spaces, and help people enjoy them with a great audience.”
If you’ve used Clubhouse, Discord’s Stage Channels, or any other social audio product, you should feel right at home in a space designed to allow groups of people to talk among themselves while others listen. The format is great for things like interviews or panel discussions, but at Clubhouse, social audio rooms have also been used as comedy venues, pitch rooms, and more.
Twitter also revealed a feature Clubhouse doesn’t have: Twitter plans to provide users with a way to monetize Spaces through ticketing. The company says hosts can set ticket prices and the number of tickets sold, allowing people to create exclusive events and make some money for their efforts. (Twitter says it will cost “a small amount” in ticket sales.) The feature will be available to “a limited group,” the company said in the coming months.
Clubhouse also offers a way to make money on its platform through instant payments, although the option can receive payments are currently only available for a small test group. With ticket-paid Spaces, the upcoming Super Follows that allow you to request additional content, and a rumored “tip jar” for profiles and Spaces, it seems Twitter is stepping up its efforts to monetize their followers right from the web. platform people to places like Clubhouse, Substack and Patreon.
Twitter also announced that planned Spaces and co-hosting are in the works, although the company has not provided a timeline for when those features could become available. We also asked Twitter when Spaces will launch on the web, and while a spokesman confirmed the feature is still in the works, they haven’t said when it might roll out.
A big advantage that Spaces already has over Clubhouse is live subtitles, which will also be upgraded soon. Twitter plans to add the ability to pause captions, scroll back, and adjust fonts. To date, Clubhouse has no caption options, and the company did not respond to an email asking if the feature would be added to future updates.