Twitter moves Spaces into its own dedicated tab: Here's what has changed
The company's Clubhouse competitor never really had its own “space” on the app, which explains the arrival of a dedicated tab for the feature on the navigation bar.
Twitter launched its brand new premium subscription service called Twitter Blue on Thursday, offering paying users in limited regions the ability to “undo” sending their tweets, read threats more efficiently and organise their bookmarked tweets. However, that’s not the only change announced by the microblogging platform – the service also updated its Android app to give extra focus to its new Spaces feature.
The changes to the Twitter app for iOS that grant the company’s Clubhouse competitor ‘Spaces’ greater prominence were first spotted by TechCrunch. Instead of a small icon that shows up when you long-press the compose button, or in the top bar that shows your fleets, users will see a dedicated tab for Spaces on the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.
The company reportedly stated that the reason why the new tab was created was to make sure there was a dedicated place for a user to find and keep track of Spaces, or simply discover new ones. Compared with the old system, the new Spaces tab will feel familiar to users who have accessed Clubhouse, which has evolved its discovery feature over the past year.
Users who click on the new tab for Spaces will be able to see more detailed information about upcoming (scheduled) Spaces, including details about currently-running Spaces including who the host is, as well as people who are participating. It must be noted that while all Twitter users on Android, iOS and the web can now access any Twitter Spaces, the company only rolled out the ability to start and host Spaces to users who had 600 or more followers in May.
However, there’s no word on when the feature will roll out to all iOS users, as the report states the company is only rolling it out to 500 users from the “original” Spaces beta test today. This number could increase in the future, but the rollout to all users could take much longer. Meanwhile, Android users might have to wait a little longer – after all, the Spaces feature itself arrived on iOS a few months before it was launched on Android.