Twitter redesigns its mobile app to make Spaces the central tab – TechCrunch


Twitter is updating its app to make its audio chat room functionality, Twitter spaces, a central element of the user experience. Today, the company will begin deploying a dedicated Twitter Spaces tab to select users in the main navigation bar of its mobile app, initially on iOS. The feature will see Twitter Spaces take center stage in this bar, between the search magnifier icon and the bell icon for notifications. Since Spaces does not replace any other tab, this means that the navigation bar will now have to accommodate five icons instead of just four.

Not everyone will see the update immediately. Instead, only around 500 people from the original Spaces beta test will first see the new Spaces discovery tab, as it’s called, when it rolls out today.

Twitter says the tab will showcase spaces hosted by people you follow, but those won’t appear the way they do on the Fleet row today at the top of the timeline. Instead, the Discovery tab will present the spaces in a more visual format, similar to the promotion cards that appear when you tweet about upcoming spaces.

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The company told TechCrunch that while spaces can be fun, they understand that live events have been difficult to find and follow, given that there isn’t a dedicated place where spaces can. be discovered. The new tab aims to change that.

In the tab, users will be able to see the active spaces with more details, including the names of the spaces, hosts, and people you know who are participating. The tab will also allow users to manage reminders for scheduled spaces so you’ll be notified when they’re about to start, and give Twitter comments on spaces you’d like to see more of.

Application researcher Jane Manchun Wong had discovered Twitter plans to revamp his app to include spaces in the navigation bar last month.

Currently, only Twitter users with at least 600 followers have the option to host Spaces, and Twitter told us that number hasn’t changed with the Tab’s launch. However, the company still has big plans for the Spaces product, including not only scheduled spaces which are now becoming easier to find with this discovery feature, but also things like paid events, co-hosted events, accessibility improvements and more.

Putting spaces directly in the navigation bar is a big boost for Twitter’s audio chat rooms, which on the other hand have been fairly easy to ignore by those who aren’t very interested in Twitter’s competitor Clubhouse. It also comes at a time when Clubhouse is expanding access to its own social audio app. After its debut on Android, Clubhouse said that 2 million Android users have already joined its platform.

Twitter, meanwhile, has yet to announce how many users have tested Spaces at this point, either as a host or as an end user.

Along with today’s launch, Twitter will also begin rolling out another Spaces feature that was previously tested: the display of the purple ring around someone’s profile photos from the personal timeline.

Currently, profile photos can be highlighted with a blue ring that takes you to the user’s fleets when tapped, but the new purple ring will indicate that they are actively using spaces at that time. You can then tap on their profile picture to join them. The feature makes it easy to find spaces while you just scroll through your Twitter timeline as usual.

Once the new Spaces tab has been tried out with the original beta test group, it will start rolling out more people, Twitter said.

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