Twitter will now allow Spaces hosts to download an audio file from their space
This could be a big addition for those looking into the audio social trend.
Today in the middle of a overview of the various recent feature updates that it’s added to its Spaces option, Twitter included this note:
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Space records (hosted in the last 30 days) are now available to hosts. The functionality is located in the “data” folder of your data download.
– Twitter media (@TwitterMedia) June 16, 2021
Yes, you can now upload your Spaces audio – although the process itself isn’t quite ideal yet.
As Twitter notes, in order to access audio, which Twitter keeps on file for 30 days for potential ends of moderation, users will need to download their personal data files that Twitter will provide to you, upon request, through the “Your Account” section in your profile settings.
In the “Download and archive your data” section, you can tap “Request archive” to get a zip file of all the data Twitter has on you, which will include your audio Spaces.
As you can see here, once you have requested your archive, it can take up to 24 hours, but you may be able to find your audio Spaces in the “Data” folder of the zip.
Twitter has been working on the audio download options for the past few months and will likely improve this process so that you don’t have to download all of your Twitter information to access the audio file. This could provide more utility and value for Spaces, with people then being able to reuse that audio content to broaden the reach of their audience and strengthen the connection with those who may not have been able to connect live. .
Of course, there are also potential complexities in such recordings, ensuring consent for reuse by all speakers. Twitter is also addressing these concerns and will likely add some consent option for this at some point as part of the Spaces User Agreement. While it’s not there yet, then where that leaves you on reuse isn’t entirely clear, but it’s up to, at least in part, the Spaces host to ensure that all speakers agree to any reuse, especially for commercial purposes.
As stated, the ad was part of a longer tweet string outlining recent updates for Spaces, including space planning, the development of the new Spaces tab in the app (which is still being tested), the ability to connect through desktops and news options for how pinned and shared tweets are displayed in a Space.
There is also this:
# ️⃣ Clickable hashtags + mentions # ️⃣
Add your brand or campaign hashtag as the title of your space to broaden the reach of your conversation. Are you organizing a panel or a Q&A? Anyone you “@” in your title will also be clickable.
– Twitter media (@TwitterMedia) June 16, 2021
This is another small but important update to the option, which will provide another way to help maximize Spaces reach and build brand awareness for your broadcasts.
While Clubhouse has kicked off the audio social trend, for now it looks like Twitter is leading the way, with the reach and engagement potential of spaces much higher than Clubhouse rooms, and functionality is improving as well, including including discoverability, which is an increasing challenge for Clubhouse as it grows.
Clubhouse is gaining ground in India, however, which could become a more important focus for the platform in the future, especially given the more recent clashes with Indian regulators on content posted in the app, which could cause further complications for the platform in the region.
Of course, Clubhouse could also fall under Indian regulators at some point, with the real-time nature of audio rooms making them difficult to moderate effectively. But right now it’s gaining momentum, which appears to offer a more viable path for the app’s continued growth amid the growing challengers in the market.
But then again, Facebook could simply blow them up with the eventual launch of its social audio tools, which took it one step further via a live test by Facebook executives earlier this week.
With massive reach and possibly highly targeted and relevant audio rooms within Facebook groups, which are used by 1.8 billion people, Facebook might be in a better position to tackle the discovery problem, and as it also seeks to strengthen With its presence in India, it could look to further expand the capacity of WhatsApp, the most widely used messaging app in the region, which could quickly replace Clubhouse as the key audio social platform of choice.
Regardless, right now Twitter Spaces is the leader, and as all of these tools continue to evolve, it offers more options for your own broadcasts and new ways to engage and disseminate. ” interact with your online communities.