Twitter Provides New Raised Hand Emoji to Sign Questions in Areas, Expands Roll Out of Voice Results

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While we await the launch of Twitter’s dedicated Spaces tab, which will increase the presence of the audio meeting room option in the app, Twitter continues to roll out new optimizations and updates to the format to improve the audio engagement experience .

Today Twitter added a new raised hand emoji feature available for Spaces Speakers, hosts and co-moderators that allow speakers to signal that they want to add something to the discussion without interrupting the chat.

As you can see in the second picture, speakers can now turn on the ‘raised hand’ that appears in their profile bubble in the top right corner of space. Unlike other reaction emojis, the raised hand does not go away and remains present until the user either turns it off or unmutes it to speak.

It’s a handy, functional addition to the Spaces process, and while it’s not a big change, each update adds a little more refinement, making it a more inclusive, engaging experience.

Additionally, Twitter says its new language change options are now available to 50% of iOS users.

Twitter first announced its Voice Transformer tools for Spaces last month, and the pool of tests will gradually expand over time. The idea is that by providing more options to control your sound, people will feel more comfortable engaging with Spaces while also providing another fun, engaging option to play with the tool.

Is Audio Social a real trend or a fad driven by the heightened need for social connection amid COVID lockdowns around the world?

It feels a lot like live streaming, which has been hailed by many as a potential “game changer” for social media usage, but which faded pretty quickly when everyone could use it and people realized that most of the live streams were just not very good were good quality.

Audio Social has signs of going in the same direction, with many of the early clubhouse users now ignoring the app as its exclusivity wanes and good rooms are harder to find.

That doesn’t mean Audio Social will go away completely – a lot of people are still streaming live and getting good results, and new use cases keep emerging. But the idea that it will be a more important element seems less likely over time, even as Twitter tries to double up Spaces with its own dedicated elements.

We’ll have to wait and see, but either way there may be ways to increase engagement in your online communities.

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