Twitter is testing podcasts in the Spaces tab, an opportunity to consolidate all audio content in one place.
Twitter has not yet forgotten its idea of “also becoming an audio app”. The platform recently announced that it is testing a new design for its Spaces tab, which will also offer a selection of popular podcasts. The podcasts, which include well-known titles from Vox Media, NPR and others, will be sorted into different categories – news, music, sports – and will be found alongside similar Spaces. Twitter is currently testing the feature with a select group of English-speaking users on iOS and Android apps.
Twitter is testing podcasts in the Spaces tab
A few months ago, specialist researcher Jane Manchun Wong discovered that Twitter – which recently increased the price of its Blue subscription – was working on a “Podcasts” tab. Finally, it seems that the platform now wants to place all this audio content in its Spaces, which would group all audio, podcasts and live. In addition, the Spaces tab offers separate categories for current Spaces, those to come and a Stations tab which will group podcasts and Spaces of the same theme – with automatic playback when selected -.
The opportunity to consolidate all audio content in one place
If this doesn’t seem like a very instinctive or straightforward design for anyone looking for a particular podcast or episode, you’re absolutely right. Rather, Twitter seems to have thought of this feature to operate as a personalized radio experience, in the style of what is offered by Pandora. Users can also rate each audio selection with a ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’, which will allow Twitter to refine the station to better suit your interests. And it’s not restricted to the content you watch in Spaces. As the company clarifies in its blog post, if you regularly interact with Vox Media content on Twitter, you’ll see their podcasts more often in your Spaces tab.
good news, today we’re starting to test a new Spaces Tab
even better news, it includes podcasts, themed audio stations, and (of course) recorded + live Spaces pic.twitter.com/TGS2aVsUI1
— Spaces (@TwitterSpaces) August 25, 2022