Twitter has begun testing its Spaces feature, which are voice chat rooms that were first announced last month.
In the series of tweets announcing the feature test, Twitter said: A very small group of users will be given the ability to create spaces, but in theory anyone can join those spaces, however, who will be allowed to enter any particular space depends on The user who created it.
aye we’re live! what up y’all, we're the team behind Spaces––a small experiment focused on the intimacy of the human voice🧵— Spaces (@TwitterSpaces) December 17, 2020
The site had announced earlier that it would soon begin testing the feature that allows Twitter users to gather in private spaces to have direct conversations with another person, or with groups of people.
Twitter explained at the time how the first people to be granted access to (the spaces) would be women and people from other marginalized communities, and the groups most likely to experience abuse and harassment when trying to engage in regular conversations, comment-based discussions in Platform.
Supervision appears to be a big focus of the Spaces feature. Creators can control who can or cannot speak in the space, and there are reporting and blocking features included in the first release. Other features being tested include emoji-based reactions, the ability to share tweets in space, and a very early version of live audio transcription.
At the moment, it appears that joining spaces only works from the Twitter mobile application, as trying to join from the web leads the user to the error message that reads: “The page was not found.” Oddly enough, joining the spaces requires activating the integration with the live-streaming service Periscope, which Twitter recently announced it will shut down.