As the popularity of Twitter’s live audio product Spaces rises, it looks that the social media juggernaut is going to add a Twitter podcast tab category to its mobile apps. A reverse engineer, Jane Manchun Wong, shared a screenshot of a microphone icon in the app’s bottom navigation bar, which leads to a “Podcasts” webpage.
The screenshot doesn’t show how the Twitter podcast tab feature will work, or whether it’s the next step for Spaces — a type of audio-only chatroom integration. It would make sense to reorganize Spaces into a distinct tab because it is now clogged at the top of feeds. After acquiring Breaker, a social podcast network, Twitter moved even deeper into the audio genre with Spaces, which debuted in 2020.
Spaces had a major update lately that allows anyone to create a chatroom and allows all mobile users to record discussions. The technology provides Spaces with features similar to podcasts, with the exception that the recordings are only temporary and last for 30 days.
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Twitter will be up against industry behemoths like Spotify and Apple Podcasts if it adds a dedicated podcast capability. If the upgrade is done, listeners will no longer be compelled to join Spaces broadcasts live or listen to them within the 30-day limit; instead, they will be able to choose and listen at their leisure.
Many social media platforms are aiming to make money by advertising the Twitter podcast tab, including Twitter. Facebook launched a podcasting tool for select creators last year. Reddit has recently made audio-only Talks recording possible. It’s unclear how far the Twitter podcast will go, but if it does, it’ll be a welcome addition to Spaces, which is already popular.