Twitter is overhauling its Spaces audio chatrooms. The company has confirmed to TechCrunch that it’s developing an experiment for the Spaces tab in its social media app. While it didn’t say just what that would entail, early screenshots of test code from Watchful hint at a revised interface with major feature additions. You could browse themed stations (such as music or sports), or play a personalized daily digest with a handful of content.
The company warned TechCrunch that the screens were outdated and didn’t reflect what you’d see in the final product. The revamp appears to take advantage of Spaces’ support for topic tags that help you quickly find a relevant chatroom.
The rethink could help newcomers discover Spaces, not to mention expand it beyond the business and cryptocurrency users that frequently dominate the discussions. While it’s not clear how many people currently use Spaces, the current interface is aimed more at veteran users.
Whether or not the update is timely is another matter. The audio chatroom phenomenon has lost some of its momentum, with pioneer Clubhouse laying off staff as it shifts strategy. While Twitter, Meta and Spotify all leaped into the field soon after Clubhouse’s rise to prominence, it’s not clear these piggyback efforts took off. Internal data obtained by The Washington Post suggested that Spaces was already in decline last summer with under 1 million users by July 2021. The audio chat bubble might have popped a while back, in other words, and there’s no guarantee a Spaces redesign will help.