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TwitterSpace Best Practices for Hosts and Speakers

TL;DR Edition

Here is the short version for those who do not have the time or patience to read the full article:

  1. Choose a meaningful title — use carefully chosen keywords in the title of your space for the best discovery potential
  2. Know the lingo — know the meaning of the commonly used terms and phrases like: nest, jumbotron, rug, etc.
  3. Apply basic etiquette — speak after someone is finished speaking, raise your hand to indicate your desire to speak, and use emojis to show support for the current speaker and host

Setting Expectations

The very first thing to consider when hosting a #TwitterSpace on your own is to set expectations for yourself and your audience.

Remember all the folks that do not know you find out via your space’s title so make it approrpirate to your objective for each space.

Choose the Right Title for your Space

The title of your space should have the primary purpose of your space stated in plain and simple English so that potential guests can see what you are talking about before entering your space. Using targeted keywords in the title also helps you get discovered on

A good title not only helps others find your space but also helps you set the tone of the conversation. On Twitter Spaces, folks tend to go in different directions at times and the title is always there for you to use to reset the space back to your topic of interest.

Knowing the Terminology of TwitterSpaces

TwitterSpaces is a brand new edition to Twitter and lots of folks do not yet know about it! So mastering the terms related to the TwitterSpaces is important for you to showcase your knowledge and assert appropriate reactions from existing TwitterSpace hosts and speakers. Let’s go over some of the most common terms used in spaces.

  • Room — synonymous with a Space
  • Nest — the list of shared Tweets that are part of the space
  • Jumbotron — same as Nest
  • Rugging — someone who is not being heard due to technical difficulties
  • In the Blockchain — someone who is rugging
  • Retweet the Space — to share the space link with your Twitter users
  • Retweet the Room — same as Retweet the Space
  • IRL — in real life. Someone referring to their real-life activities

Apply Basic Etiquette

When you host a public space on TwitterSpaces, anyone can join. You have no control over who can come and start listening to whatever is being discussed. If in the future, Twitter offers private spaces, you are most likely able to get away with your own way of doing things inside a private space. However, while you are in the public, please consider the following basic etiquette guidelines:

Treat others like you want to be treated — with kindness

  • Treat everyone like you wish to be treated by them — be fair and polite even when the person on the other hand is difficult. Remember, we grow together when we allow each other to listen to each other. So give it a try and listen to the views that are counter to yours or your friends. However, do not tolerate unkind behavior or verbal attacks on yourself or your audience — there are definitely trolls out there who are disruptive and you can remove them from speaking or even your spaces using both host and co-host privileges provided by Twitter.
  • Being kind to others who have opposing or even faulty views is a way to build self-tolerance and we highly recommend practicing this. Remember, everyone’s reality is different and we all live in the same world but have separate lives which leads us to thoughts and understanding that are not always equal.

Be patient — not everyone is a great speaker or host like you!

In your spaces, you are bound to meet people from all walks of life and not to mention from all around the globe. Some will have superb language and presentation skills, but many will lack in these areas as most folks are not well versed in public speaking even with a great deal of education.

Reset the space — bring it back to the topic of interest

It is human nature that often the discussion will stray into unintended directions, which is totally fine for a friendly conversation with a bunch of strangers that you met in space. However, it is also very much okay to bring the space back to the topic by announcing that you are resetting the room to the topic.

Remind the audience of recording

If you decide to record the space, please remind the audience that you are doing so, and their speaking or asking questions will constitute consent to being recorded.

Understand TwitterSpace’s Technological Limitations

Like any new technology, the TwitterSpaces feature of Twitter is not free of bugs. Here are some common issues that you will face as a speaker and host:

Rugging — losing audio connection or having poor quality audio

Often you will see that you cannot hear someone well or someone cannot hear you well. This is infamously known as “rugging” in the space.

Reduce the number of pinned posts on the nest or jumbotron

Often if you have too many pinned posts, it is said that the space rugs more often. So you might want to consider cleaning up the pinned tweets from time to time during your space’s lifetime.

Got questions?

We host two regular spaces on Mondays and Fridays around 8–10 AM PST. You can find us there to ask questions and provide feedback.



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