Twitter first introduced Spaces in November 2020 in an attempt to replicate Clubhouse’s popularity with its own version of audio-centric chatrooms — but only Twitter users with 600 followers or more were able to create one. Now, over a year later, Twitter is finally allowing all of its users to host a Space, a feature that should have been available much sooner.
Twitter is a little off track, since it promised in April that everyone would be able to create a Space. The Spaces team announced the move in a tweet, adding that both Android and iOS users would now be able to host Spaces. It also includes a GIF that reminds people how to host a Space, just in case they’ve forgotten after all these months.
Over the course of the year, Twitter has released a plethora of additional capabilities for Spaces, including the option to add co-hosts and up to ten speakers. It established the Spark Program, a fund for Spaces developers, and even launched Ticketed Spaces, or audio rooms that demand payment to enter. All of this is without providing all users with the most important feature of all: the opportunity to host their own rooms.
In July, Clubhouse was released from its invite-only status, and mobile users have been allowed to experiment with the software since then. Twitter may have lost an important window to get people interested in utilizing the function by just removing limitations on hosting capabilities now. Will Spaces speed Clubhouse’s death, or will it, like the Stories-like Fleets, become an abandoned feature?