Twitter has announced that it is delving into the world of podcasts by integrating its platform as part of its newly designed Spaces tab.
The social network said that its revamped Spaces tab and the addition of podcasts will be visible to a group of global English-speaking audience on iOS and Android starting today.
The redesign introduces personalized hubs for users called “Stations” that group content together based on different topics, such as news, music, sports and more. The recommendations will be based on the themes and people that you follow.
“Twitter users will now be able to access a personalized selection of live and recorded Spaces. The hubs will also feature the most popular podcasts from around the world. Once you come across podcasts, you can give a podcast a thumbs up or thumbs down to let Twitter know if the content is interesting to you.” said the statement by Twitter in part.
Once you open the Spaces Tab, you will see three sections. The top of the tab will show you Stations, which scroll horizontally and showcase different themes and Topics to listen to. Below that, you will see Spaces spotlight, which lists some of the top curated audio content. Lastly, you’ll see a list of upcoming Spaces.
The announcement isn’t exactly a surprise, given that the social network has been spotted testing a podcast addition for the past couple of months. However, initial tests indicated that Twitter was working on a dedicated podcasts tab, but today’s launch shows that Twitter is instead interested in making podcasts a part of Spaces, as opposed to giving them their own home on the platform.
“Integrating podcasts into Spaces, where audio conversations happen on Twitter, is another way we’re continuing to invest in audio creators,” Twitter said in a blog post.
“To do this in a simple and intuitive way that allows listeners to simply hit play and go, we started with a redesigned audio experience in the Spaces Tab.”
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