Sharing Twitter Spaces clips on iOS and Android

A new feature that allows you to extract a short audio clip from a Twitter Space is bringing a general release on iOS and Android, Twitter has announced.

Anyone in a Space can make a clip, which expires after 30 days. Although the feature isn’t presently available to Twitter web users, the platform states support is “on the way.”

Clips are created to make content from Twitter’s live audio feature more readily sharable on the platform by conforming up the best bits of an audio Livestream without inviting listeners to sit through the whole thing.

The overall rollout of the feature tracks a more limited test that started in March. The ability to clip a Space was only available to a tiny number of users on iOS. In addition, it was restricted to the hosts of a Space rather than any participants. Now that the feature is widely known to listeners, who inevitably far outnumber hosts, it seems likely that we’ll begin seeing a lot more viral Spaces clips circulating on Twitter.

Twitter is just the most delinquent company to roll out support for clips to enable people to share content on its platform. Clips from Twitch streams are perhaps the most prominent example, but Amazon also lets you share clips from some of its shows on Prime Video, and YouTube has revealed similar functionality in the past. With so much free content available to stream, clips like these deliver a helpful teaser without you having to commit to watching a lengthy video or Livestream.

Anyone can listen, join, and speak in a Space on Twitter for iOS and Android. Starting a Space on the web is impossible, but anyone can join and listen in a Space. Likewise, people on Twitter for iOS and Android can create a Space.

Currently, all Spaces are public, like Tweets, which means anyone can access them. They will automatically emerge at the top of your Home timeline, and every Space has a link that can be shared publicly. Since Spaces are publicly available by anyone, it may be possible for individuals to listen to a Space without being documented as a guest in the Space.

We make specific information about Spaces available via the Twitter Developer Platform, like the title of a Space, hosts, speakers, and whether it is scheduled, in progress, or done. For a more exhaustive list of the information about Spaces we make available via the Twitter API, check out our Spaces endpoints documentation.

Since all Spaces are public, your existence and activity in a Space are also shared. For instance, if you are logged into your Twitter account when you are in a Space. In that case, you will be visible to everyone in the Space and others, including people who track you, people who peek into the Space without joining, and developers accessing information about the Space using the Twitter API.

Anyone on the Internet can hear spaces. It is part of a more comprehensive feature of Spaces that lets anyone attend to Spaces, whether logged in or not, to a Twitter account. Because of this, listener tallies may not match the number of listeners, nor will the profile photos of all listeners necessarily be portrayed in a Space.

Your Space will invariably be set to Only people you invite to speak. However, you can also adjust the Speaker permissions once your Space has been designed. First, click the icon, then tap Adjust settings to see the possibilities for speaker permissions, which possess Everyone, People you follow, and the default Only people you invite to communicate. These permissions are only saved for this unique Space, so any Space you create in the future will utilize the default setting.

Once your Space has been created, you can send requests to listeners to evolve as speakers or co-hosts by clicking on the icon and adding speakers or clicking on a person’s profile image within a Space and adding them as a co-host or speaker. Listeners can ask to speak from the host.

Up to 2 people can evolve as co-hosts and speak in a Space having 11 speakers with a primary host. Co-host status can be forfeited if the co-host departs the Space. A co-host can remove their co-host status to become a Listener again.

Hosts can transmit primary admin rights to another co-host. For example, if the original host drops from Space, the first co-host counted will become the introductory admin.

Once a co-host is counted to a Space, any accounts they’ve blocked on Twitter who are in the Space will be withdrawn from the Space.

Hosts can design a Space up to 14 days in advance. Hosts can still complete impromptu Spaces in the meantime but can only have a max of one upcoming organized Space.

When you open Spaces, tap Schedule for later and choose the date and time you’d desire to organize your Space to go live; as your scheduled start time closes, you will accept push and in-app notifications reminding you to create your Space on time. Organized Spaces are public, and people can set reminders to be informed when their scheduled Space begins.

Guests can inscribe up for reminder notifications from a scheduled Space card in a Tweet. Then, when the host starts the scheduled Space, the inquisitive guests get notified via push and in-app messages. In addition, hosts can record Spaces they create for replay. When building a Space, toggle on Record Space.

While recording, a recording symbol will emerge at the top to indicate that the host is recording the Space. Once the Space ends, you will notice how many people attended the Space and a link to share via a Tweet. Under Notifications, you can also View components to Tweet the recording. Finally, you can select where to start your recording under host settings with Edit start time. It allows you to cut out any dead air time that might emerge at the beginning of a Space.

If you decide to record your Space, once the live Space ends, your recording will be instantly and publicly available for anyone to listen to whenever they want. You can always end a recording to create it no longer publicly available on Twitter by deleting your recording via the more icon on the recording itself. Unless you delete your recording, it will remain open for replay after the live Space has ended.

Co-hosts and speakers who enter a Space that is being recorded will notice a recording symbol. Listeners will also witness the recording symbol, but it will not be visible in the recording.