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Twitter Spaces lands on Android ahead of Clubhouse
Twitter Spaces lands on Android ahead of Clubhouse

Twitter Spaces, the company's answer to Clubhouse, is now available on Android. Until now, the audio chat rooms were iOS-only. Other Spaces features are being shared in public as they're designed and prototyped, including things like titles and descriptions, scheduling options, support for co-hosts and moderators, guest lists, and more.

This fast pace has now led Twitter to beat its rival Clubhouse - the app currently leading the "social audio" market - to offer Android support. But now, a separate beta app won't be required - when live Spaces are available, they'll appear at the top of the Twitter timeline for Android users to join.

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Twitter announces Super Follows to earn money
Super follow feature on Twitter
Super follow feature on Twitter Credit: Twitter

Twitter announced new features: With the so-called Super Follows, exclusive content is coming to the platform for which users can pay money. But that is not all.

Until now, Twitter has been a fairly public platform - anyone and everyone can read everything, regardless of whether they have an account themselves. At this year's Virtual Analyst Day, the short message service has now announced a partial departure from this course. In addition, a communities feature is being planned that is reminiscent of the well-known Facebook groups.

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Twitter acquires newsletter service Revue
Twitter acquires newsletter service Revue
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Twitter has acquired newsletter service Revue, "a service that makes it free and easy for anyone to start and publish editorial newsletters." In a blog post, the company stated that the acquisition would help offer "writers, experts and curators – from individual creators to journalists to publishers themselves" to "create and share their content, and importantly, help them grow and better connect with their audience."

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Twitter rolls out Fleets feature similar to Snapchat and Instagram Stories
Twitter rolls out Fleets feature similar to Snapchat and Instagram Stories
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Twitter introduces a new feature called "Fleets" which enables users to share content such as tweets, videos or photos to other users in a separate section of the social media platform.

Content posted to Fleets will be visible for a 24-hour period and vanish after, similar to the Story feature on other platforms such as Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, WhatsApp and Messenger. The feature will be rolled out to users worldwide.

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Twitter considers subscription options after ad revenue drop
Twitter considers subscription options after ad revenue drop
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Twitter is exploring additional ways to make money after reporting that advertising revenues fell 23% in the second quarter. Though the platform has been seeing a record user growth and reported its largest year-over-year increase, the platform is looking into options to supplement lacking advertising revenue.

CEO Jack Dorsey recently told investors that Twitter is looking onto running tests for a subscription model that would "complement" Twitter's ad revenue. "We have a really high bar for when we would ask consumers to pay for aspects of Twitter. We are in the very, very early phases of exploring," so Dorsey.

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Twitter introduces "Voice Tweets" to add "a more human touch"
Twitter launches new "Voice Tweet" feature
Twitter launches new "Voice Tweet" feature Credit: Twitter

In a blog post on Wednesday, Twitter introduced its new feature: Voice Tweets to "add a more human touch to the way we use Twitter – your very own voice". One "Voice Tweet" can be up to 140 seconds long but gets split into multiple recordings automatically if the audio is longer than that. The new feature is currently only available on iOS to a limited group of people but "in the coming weeks everyone on iOS should be able to Tweet with their voice."