Spaces is a new way to have live audio conversations on Twitter.
It is like Clubhouse but than inhouse on Twitter itself. It is an extremely fun way to promote your NFT project or collection, to speak with your friends, network and have a good time.
Intro to Twitter Spaces
Twitter Spaces are like chatrooms but audio-based. You have a whole group of Twitter users in this group. One of two people is in charge of them, and the others may listen or speak “on stage.” When I first started out, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing, and I figured it out along the way. I also learned a lot by co-hosting with a dear Twitter friend of mine who hosted this giant space. This made me deep dive into the Twitter Space do’s and don’ts and I just learned as I did along the way.
With this guide, I want to explain to you, in a short and sweet way, all you need to know when you begin your Twitter journey, so you don’t have to go through it all like I did. I hope you enjoy this personal guide to Twitter Spaces for beginners!
Fun facts about Twitter Spaces
- Everyone can host Twitter Spaces, regardless of the number of followers.
- Twitter expects its audience to gain up to 315 million by 2023 using the Twitter Spaces feature.
- Twitter Spaces can have 11 speakers, 1 host, and 2 co-hosts.
- Twitter has 396.5 million users and achieved $3.72 billion in revenue during 2020.
- 52% of Twitter users use Twitter daily in the US
- Twitter has achieved an 87% year-over-year increase in advertising revenue in 2021
- 38.5% of Twitter users are aged 25-34
- Sales are the most trending Clubhouse topic with 564 million, while Twitter trending topics vary with time.
- Clubhouse raised $110 million from investors.
- If certain conditions are met, Twitter Spaces will provide you with 20% of its revenue to you which Clubhouse is yet to supply.
A huge thanks to Earthweb, providing me these statistics.
How to start?
Twitter Spaces work best on the mobile app because it has more functionalities than the website. If you are tuned in via the desktop Twitter, you can only listen, whereas with the Twitter App, you can come up the stage, be invited to co-host, share tweets and throw out some emoji’s!
Set up the Space
To make your own space, use your app and navigate to the microphone icon. It will guide you through easy steps to set up your own space. Please do keep in mind that you’ve got the option to record your space and your microphone will always be turned off to start with.
If you do so, you will be called “host” and you can invite someone to “co-host” with you.
This means you are the de facto leader of the Twitter Space.This gives you the right to do the following:
- You can invite people “up the stage” and let them talk.
- You can mute everyone with one click of a button.
- You can invite a co-host.
- You need to manage the invites of people requesting to speak. This is preferably done by letting them queue up and letting everyone “raise their hand” if they want to jump into the conversation.
- Sometimes you get a request to speak from someone with a low following that nobody knows. There is a huge chance that he or she will scream relentlessly once you approve. So do keep an eye on that.
- If someone explains something, it is an unwritten rule when he or she is finished to ask the attendees if there are any questions. If not, then it’s your turn to ask or remark something.
- You can pin a tweet not only as a host but also as a speaker. This is extremely handy so that everybody can check out the tweet somebody talked about and engage with it.
- You can, of course, close down the chat.
Give some love back
As a listener or speaker, it is an unwritten rule to tweet about the Twitter space aka Room you are in so it gets more traction and engagement. If you feel that the space you are in is not the type you want to be in, feel free to quit and search for a better one, and do not retweet the space.
Before you actually grab the microphone and come up the stage you need to have done some practicing in what you’re going to say, how you are going to do it and convince others of why they should invest or follow you. My friend James from Fitness Friends has wrote an high quality article about it which I also gladly used to improve my own pitch. I cannot recommend this article enough, go check it out!
What can you do in a Twitter Space
Twitter spaces are extremely important! They are most of the time in English, and people do not mind at all if you cannot find the right words when you aren’t a native speaker or when you are nervous because of that. Better yet, they have respect for that!
- to make new friends worldwide. Whom you’ve never met in real life.
- To have fun with friends and new acquaintances.
- Attend ‘drop parties’, giveaways, and even charities.
- To meditate, listen to music, or be creative together.
- Catch up with your friends and just talk about the NFT space or other fun things and have a laugh.
- Learn about Twitter and its algorithm, learn about the spaces, practice your English, practice your elevator pitch, and discuss many things NFT-related.
For business reasons
- Promote your business in shill spaces (scroll a bit down for an explanation).
- To network and find opportunities for collaborations.
- It’s an excellent way to grow your brand/company, make a tighter relationship with your customers/clients and to be present to answer any questions or share updates.
- Celebrate your NFT Drop in a Twitter Space “Drop Party”.
- Organize for a good cause in the name of your company or as an entrepreneur that wants to organize a charity.
An overview of the Twitter Spaces categories
Here you explicitly promote your NFT project and listen to others promote it. Potential buyers and collectors may be listening in as well!You promote your NFT via an elevator pitch.
A cozy space where you hang with friends and like-minded people and just have a little chitchat and laugh. No pressure, just fun.
aka “intel”. Those who possess alpha have information that the rest of the market hasn’t found out about yet. There are people who spend hours and hours finding undiscovered projects, and sometimes they share this on Twitter.
So if you see an Alpha room, it could be very interesting to join that! Or maybe you’ve even got some exclusive Alpha to share in your own space!
Share your Art
Where you come up the stage and have no time limit, but it’s more about personal connection. Telling your story, telling about your arts. It is a more relaxed style, mostly smaller groups also.
Here below I will list my all-time favorite Twitter Spaces.
If you want to join their spaces, click on the links to go to the hosts his/hers profile and click on the bell icon to get notifications when they go live with their spaces!
- Marketing strategies and community building by Greg NEW: Since November I get to co-host regularly alongside Dorthe.
- Digicaps Friday afternoon space.
- The shill and chill spaces of K Santino are an delight!
- Bright Light’s trending topics Spaces.
- NFT Update has the realest Twitter Spaces and talks about the current topics and helps to understand the NFT and web3 space better.
Etiquette of Twitter Spaces
Just like in real life you don't talk when somebody else is talking right? That would be a bit rude! Here is no difference, plus the fact that there's this echo for everybody to 'enjoy' when two people are talking. This is a No Go!
Especially in the big spaces, when there are people queing up to talk, you must press the raise hand emoji and wait for your turn. The host or co-host will keep an eye on the que. Sometimes the host will say that everybody is welcome to speak whenever they please but this more an exception to the rule.
Go to the top of the Space and checkout all the pinned posts, try to like them all and preferably comment too. If something speaks to you, it's highly appreciated to retweet the pinned post.
When the host or co-host say "We are going to reset the room" It means that they are going to explain what the space is about and give the request to retweet this current space they host. It takes a lot of time and mental energy for them to host (probably weekly) so this is a small thing to do back.
You shouldn't ever feel pressured to stay in a room where you don't feel the vibe. Most of the times you feel that within the first five minutes you join.Same goes for engaging with tweets or re-tweeting. If something feels not right, goes against your feeling or what have you, you shouldn't feel pressured to digitally interact.
Twitter Spaces parties and events
For as far as I have seen Twitter spaces are also being used as a place to celebrate a launch for an NFT collection, a place where a charity can raise money and much much more. I think this is very wise to do, as it attracts much eyes in Twitter itself. But why stop there? Why not combine it in a way so web2 people can join too? It sure is food for thought to think outside the box, as to see where it may lead and how you can more traction and engagement on your party.
Trouble shooting Tips
If you notice you can’t accept a (co)host invite, the request mic button doesn’t work but only the emoji’s work you should do this:
Leave the Space, enter another Twitter Space and request the mic button there. Leave that Space and hop back into the original Space you were in.
If you can’t hear somebody speak you should do this:
Quit the app.
Force quit the app.
If that didn’t help, reboot your phone.
If you are rugging (you get kicked out of the space, you have technical difficulties) try to do this:
Quit the app.
Force quit the app.
If that didn’t help, reboot your phone.
I hope you enjoyed my beginner’s guide to Twitter Spaces. It is for me a start to something new too! I am certainly no expert but I love to write blogs for you with my new found, personal wisdom.
If you desire to learn more about it, please do checkout the offical guide from Twitter where it goes a little deeper in the hows and whats about Twitter Spaces.
I see so much potential in Twitter space’s growth vs. Clubhouse’s that I’m sure my beginners guide will envolve when times passes.
Also, I find that right now, it’s the right time to start your journey in to Twitter that feels right for you personally. Why? Because you never know where it will take you as in your digital NFT/web3 path.