Twitter starts launching Ticketed Spaces for some iOS users

Twitter is starting to roll out Ticketed Spaces, or paid live audio rooms. The company announced yesterday that it is “experimenting” with the feature for some iOS users. It first rolled out applications to try out the product in June with the plan to eventually make it available to all interested iOS and Android users.

“Know it will take some time, but we want to do this right for you,” Twitter wrote in the announcement yesterday.

Hosts can charge between $1 and $999 for their ticketed rooms and can also set a room size limit for them. These test group participants will initially keep 97 percent of the money they earn, after the fees Apple and Google charge for in-app purchases. But Twitter will increase the discount from 3 percent to 20 percent if a user earns a total of $50,000 from their revenue on the app.

This fee will also increase as the feature becomes more widely available. In a preview of the feature in May, Twitter said hosts would instead keep 80 percent of their revenue, after app store fees.

In the months since Twitter announced and previewed Ticketed Spaces, it’s also made changes to how people can find these live audio spaces; they now appear at the top of the Twitter mobile app for some users when someone following a user only listens for a space. They used to have to host. (You can hide this activity from your own account through the settings menu.) It’s also updated the API so that third-party apps can point users to Spaces.