This could be a great addition for those turning to the social audio trend.
Today, along with an overview of the various recent feature updates it added to its Spaces option, Twitter added this notice:
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Recordings from Spaces (hosted in the last 30 days) are now available to hosts. The function can be found in the “data” folder of your data download.
– Twitter Media (@TwitterMedia) June 16, 2021
Yes, you can now download your Spaces audio – although the process itself isn’t exactly ideal.
As Twitter notes, to access the audio that Twitter keeps for 30 days For possible moderation purposes, users must download their personal data files, which Twitter will make available to you on request via the “Your account” section in your profile settings.
In the “Downloading and Archiving Your Data” section, you can tap “Request Archive” to receive a ZIP file of all the data Twitter has about you, including your Spaces audio.
As you can see here, it can take up to 24 hours to request your archive, but you can eventually find your Spaces audio in the “Data” folder in the zip file.
Twitter has been working on audio download options for the past few months and will likely improve this process at some point so that you don’t have to download all of your Twitter information to access the audio file. That could add more value and value to Spaces, as people can then reuse that audio to expand their audience reach and connect with those who might not be there live.
Of course, with such recordings there are also potential difficulties in securing consent to re-use from all speakers. Twitter is also investigating these concerns and will likely add a consent option for this purpose at some point as part of the Spaces usage agreement. While it’s not in there yet, it’s not entirely clear where exactly to go with the reuse, but the responsibility, at least in part, rests with the Spaces host to make sure all speakers are okay with each reuse. especially for commercial purposes.
As mentioned earlier, the announcement was part of a lengthy chain of tweets describing the latest updates to Spaces, including space planning, the development of the new Spaces tab in the app (which is still under test), the Ability to set up on desktop PCs and new options for how pinned and shared tweets are displayed in a space.
There is also that:
# ️⃣ Clickable hashtags + mentions # ️⃣
Add your brand or campaign hashtag to the title of your space to increase the reach of your conversation. Are you hosting a panel or a Q&A? Anyone that you add “@” to in your title can also be clicked.
– Twitter Media (@TwitterMedia) June 16, 2021
This is another small but significant update to the option that offers another way to maximize Spaces reach and increase awareness of your shows.
While Clubhouse kicked off the social audio trend, it currently appears that Twitter is leading the way as the reach and engagement potential of Spaces is much higher than that of Clubhouse rooms, and functionality is improving too, including discoverability which is a growing challenge for Clubhouse as it continues to expand.
Clubhouse is gaining traction in India, however, which could become a bigger focus for the platform, especially given the recent disputes between Twitter and Indian regulators over content posted on the app, which could add further complications for the platform in the region.
Of course, Clubhouse could at some point come into conflict with Indian regulators as well, as the real-time nature of audio rooms makes them difficult to moderate effectively. But right now it’s building a momentum that seems to offer a more viable path for the app to continue growing in the face of increasing challengers in the marketplace.
But then, on the other hand, Facebook could blow them all out of the water with the eventual roll out of its audio social tools, which took another step closer through a live test from Facebook managers earlier this week.
With enormous reach and likely highly focused, relevant audio rooms within Facebook groups used by 1.8 billion people, Facebook could be better positioned to address the discovery problem, and as it wants to strengthen its presence in India too trying to expand capacity on WhatsApp, the most widely used messaging app in the region, which Clubhouse could quickly overtake as the main social audio platform of choice.
In any case, Twitter Spaces is leading the way right now, and as all of these tools keep evolving, this leaves more options for your own broadcasts and new ways to interact and interact with your online communities.