If you don’t mind taking your Twitter experience beyond the usual methods of communicating like tweeting or sending replies and DMs, try Twitter Spaces. It allows you to tweet and talk at the same time and offers a unique way to have live audio conversations on Twitter.
How to use Twitter Spaces for communication
It’s quite true that communication depends more on the spoken word than it does on the written word. Moreover, the effectiveness of the spoken word hinges not so much on how people talk as on how they listen. Twitter Spaces is one space listeners can use to follow the conversation with captions, read pinned tweets, react with emojis and request to speak themselves.
- Login your Twitter app.
- Tap the Space icon at the bottom of the app screen.
- Choose a space that is Live.
- Hit the Start listening button.
- Tap on an Avatar.
- Join as a listener.
- Tap the + icon to tweet about the space and invite more people.
- Interact by sending emojis or other reactions.
- To request to speak, tap the Request icon.
- Turn On Captions, if required.
- Leave the space when done.
Please note – You can host live conversations by creating your own space. However, you need to have more than 600 followers to create a Space. That’s because its makers believe such accounts are likely to have a good experience hosting live conversations.
How do you enter spaces on Twitter mobile?
Spaces bring conversations to life in a completely new way. To get started, log into the Twitter app. Currently, the feature is not available for Desktop versions.
Tap the Space icon (seen as a mic icon) at the bottom of the app screen.
Choose a space to join. It should be Live. The Live Spaces appear at the top of the timeline, making it easy for people to join yours.
Hit the Start listening button present at the bottom of the app screen to join the conversation.
Tap an Avatar to find more ways to interact with the host. If you would like to tweet about what you are listening to on Twitter, tap the + icon at the bottom of the screen and add a description for the tweet.
To react to the statement made by the host, tap the Reactions icon (seen as a heart-shaped icon) to send emojis or other reactions.
How to enable Captions for Twitter Spaces
For some people, it can be a bit difficult to catch up with the accent of the host. This shortcoming can be overcome by enabling the Captions for the space. When the host starts to speak, you’ll see the texts appearing in the space in real-time. Just find the Menu button (visible as 3 horizontal dots and adjacent to the Leave option).
Tap it to display the list of options. Select the Turn on captions option.
You can also request to speak in between the conversations to put forth your views, provided the host grants you the permission. To seek permission, tap the Request icon(mic-shaped) present at the bottom of the screen and hit the Request to speak button.
To leave the session, simply tap the Leave option marked in red and visible in the upper-right corner of the app screen.
The host might save the space as a recording. If it has your voice snippet, it might be heard by more people once the space ends.
In all, just like a physical space where an in-person discussion about a specific topic takes place amongst a selected group of people, Twitter Spaces allows you to replicate the same experience on your mobile.