Twitter has started to test a new design on its mobile app that puts Twitter Spaces center-stage in its bottom navigation bar.
According to a recent TechCrunch report, Twiter is starting to roll out a redesign of its iOS app to focus on Spaces – its new Clubhouse-like audio chat feature – giving the Spaces button the center of the app’s bottom navigation bar – between the Search and the Notification tabs.
According to the report, this won’t be a full rollout, as Twitter will be testing the new feature with “around 500 people from the original Spaces beta test.” Furthermore, the new Spaces discovery tab will show Spaces that are hosted by users you follow.
However, they won’t appear like they do at the top of the Timeline. Instead, the discovery tab will give Spaces “a more visual format, similar to the promotion cards that appear when you tweet about upcoming Spaces,” explains the report.
There hasn’t been a dedicated place to discover Spaces until now, so the new tab helps change that.
Reverse-engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong already tweeted last month about the platform’s intention of expanding the use and purpose of Spaces with a new tab and a dedicated page.
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) March 17, 2021
The new Spaces discovery tab takes users to a dedicated page that showcases all the latest audio chat rooms hosted by people and brands you follow. Each Space is presented in a card-like format that contains more details and functionalities than the fleet-style presentation we saw up until now.
This amplified visual format is set to host details about active chat rooms, such as names, hosts, and participants who are already contacts. Furthermore, users can manage notification reminders for scheduled Spaces they would like to attend and adjust preferences for the Spaces that interest them most.
The redesign means that Spaces will soon be easier to discover, schedule, and attend. However, it’s also an indication that Twitter is taking a big step forward in terms of expanding access and ease of use.
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