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Hackers might have figured out your secret Twitter accounts

A security vulnerability on Twitter allowed a bad actor to find out the account names associated with certain email addresses and phone numbers (and yes, that could include your secret celebrity stan accounts), Twitter confirmed on Friday. Twitter initially patched the issue in January after receiving a report through its bug bounty program, but a hacker managed to exploit the flaw before Twitter even knew about it.

The vulnerability, which stemmed from an update the platform made to its code in June 2021, went unnoticed until earlier this year. This gave hackers several months to exploit the flaw, although Twitter said it “had no evidence to suggest someone had taken advantage of the vulnerability” at the time of its discovery.

Last month’s report from Bleeping Computer suggested otherwise, and revealed that a hacker managed to exploit the vulnerability while it flew under Twitter’s radar. The hacker reportedly amassed a database of over 5.4 million accounts by taking advantage of the flaw, and then tried to sell the information on a hacker forum for $30,000. After analyzing the data posted to the forum, Twitter confirmed that its user data had been compromised.

It’s still unclear how many users have actually been affected though, and Twitter doesn’t seem to know, either. While Twitter says it plans on notifying affected users, it isn’t “able to confirm every account that was potentially impacted.” Twitter advises anyone concerned about their secret accounts to enable two-factor authentication, as well as to attach an email address or phone number that isn’t publicly known to the account they don’t want to be associated with.



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Twitter profiles for businesses just got way more useful

Business accounts on Twitter now have a way to put their (fairly detailed) contact information front and center on their Twitter profiles.

On Thursday, the Twitter Business Twitter account announced via a tweet that the bird app’s Location Spotlight feature will as of today be available globally, to “any professional.”

🚀 We’re going global! Now, any professional around the world can add a Location Spotlight to their profile to help customers find their biz location and get in touch faster. And☝️it has a new Google Maps integration to help customers with directions. pic.twitter.com/Uw5oLdJWXU

— Twitter Business (@TwitterBusiness) August 4, 2022

If you’re unfamiliar, Location Spotlight is a feature in which businesses with a physical location (and a Twitter account), can share their actual address to their Twitter profile page so that customers can find them. And according to Twitter’s blog post announcement about the newly globally-launched feature, Location Spotlight also lets businesses display their business hours, “and additional contact information so that customers can reach them via phone, text, email, or Twitter Direct Message.” Plus, there’s also support for Google Maps, so that businesses can include a map of their location and get directions to that location.

The Twitter Business Twitter account (@TwitterBusiness) already has its Location Spotlight up and running on its own profile page.

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Selecting the Get directions option within Location Spotlight (as seen in the screenshot above) automatically opens Google Maps directions in another browser tab (if you’re on desktop web). And if you select Contact on the Location Spotlight for Twitter Business, a pop-up menu appears with the option to open a Twitter Direct Message conversation with Twitter Business.

Selecting these options on the mobile app for Android yields similar results, although selecting Get directions in the Android app doesn’t open a browser tab, but instead the Google Maps mobile app.

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Twitter takes one more step toward giving us an edit button

Twitter is apparently working on a new tweet embed feature that indicates whether or not an embedded tweet has been edited, taking us one step closer to actually getting a proper edit button.

On Monday, Jane Manchun Wong tweeted a screenshot of the in-progress tweet embed feature. The screenshot features two versions of the same embedded tweet.

Embedded Tweets will show whether it’s been edited, or whether there’s a new version of the Tweet

When a site embeds a Tweet and it gets edited, the embed doesn’t just show the new version (replacing the old one). Instead, it shows an indicator there’s a new version pic.twitter.com/mAz5tOiyOl

— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) August 1, 2022

The tweet at the top of Wong’s screenshot appears to be a corrected, edited version of the tweet below it. The tweet embed at the top of the screenshot (the edited tweet) features a message that says “Last edited 6:30 PM · Aug 1, 2022” right under the text of the edited tweet. The tweet at the bottom of the screenshot appears to be the original tweet and contains a typo that is later seen to be corrected in the tweet at the top of the screenshot. The tweet embed at the bottom of the screenshot (the original tweet) also features a message, but this message is different. This message says: “There’s a new version of this Tweet.”

Essentially, as Wong notes in the above tweet and in a later reply tweet (see below), the tweet embed feature Twitter is working on is a way for edited tweets to remain transparent about the changes made to them. That way, if a website does embed someone’s tweet in an article and that tweet gets edited later by the tweet author, the tweet embed won’t just automatically morph into the newly edited version of the tweet without context.

Readers could still see the original tweet with an “indicator” as Wong puts it, that informs the reader that a newer version of the tweet exists. Or they could see an edited tweet with an indicator that notes when it was last edited.

It’s for the best — so that the Tweet author won’t be able to “rug pull” the site embedding the Tweet with something completely different

— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) August 1, 2022

This tweet embed feature (if Twitter ends up rolling it out for everyone) looks like a decisive answer to some of the concerns about the bird app finally getting an edit button: What happens if changes are made to a tweet that alters its meaning? How can we have the freedom to correct our tweets but also remain transparent about the changes that have been made? This tweet embed feature seems to answer those questions and so far it looks like a good answer.

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NPM users can now connect a Twitter account as a recovery method

Developers who use NPM, the popular JavaScript package manager, will now be able to connect their Twitter and GitHub accounts to the software as a recovery method.

The move was announced Tuesday along with a handful of other features meant to combine enhanced security with usability for the GitHub-owned package manager.

In a blog post, GitHub said that the changes would make it easier for users to secure their accounts, while also streamlining some security features that users had found burdensome.

“The JavaScript community downloads over 5 billion packages from npm a day, and we at GitHub recognize how important it is that developers can do so with confidence,” wrote GitHub product managers Myles Borins and Monish Mohan. “As stewards of the npm registry, it’s important that we continue to invest in improvements that increase developer trust and the overall security of the registry itself.”

GitHub and Twitter accounts can now be used as recovery options for NPM.
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Besides the ability to connect Twitter and GitHub accounts as an authentication method, GitHub also announced that the use of two-factor authentication (2FA) for login and package publishing on NPM would be made easier.

Per the blog post, NPM had previously trialed the use of enhanced 2FA logins in a public beta release, but after feedback from the community, decided that certain features should be tweaked in order to be more user-friendly. This included adding a “remember me for 5 minutes” option so that users who successfully authenticated could disable 2FA prompts for a short period of time.

“Account security is significantly improved by adopting 2FA, but if the experience adds too much friction, we can’t expect customers to adopt it,” Borins and Mohan wrote. “Early adopters of our new 2FA experience shared feedback around the process of logging in and publishing with the npm CLI, and we recognized there was room for improvement.”

The improved security features are being made available in NPM 8.15.0, released July 26th, the post said.

As a core part of the open-source software ecosystem for the JavaScript programming language, NPM has been targeted by a number of malicious actors over the years. One of the main strategies has been for attackers to take control of packages by purchasing expired domains registered to package publishers and using these to set up email accounts that can be used to receive password reset emails for the package. In light of this, increasing the use of 2FA when logging into NPM accounts stands to create big security improvements.

NPM’s parent company, GitHub, is also working to improve security on the larger code-hosting platform: earlier this year, the company announced that all users who contribute code would need to have some form of 2FA enabled by the end of 2023.

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The most followed Twitter accounts

Ever wondered which accounts on Twitter have the most followers? As you might have guessed, Twitter’s top 10 most followed accounts are a group that includes celebrities (of various fields) and political figures. But which ones exactly? You’ll have to keep reading to find out!

Note: Our top 10 list of the most followed Twitter accounts only reflects the top 10 most followed active Twitter accounts. We did not include suspended or deleted Twitter accounts in our rankings. Our rankings below are based on Social Blade’s findings and on the most current follower counts listed on each Twitter account’s profile page, as of July 2022.

10. Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) — 77.4 million followers

Have you ever heard of Ranch Dressing soda? Now you have. pic.twitter.com/CZjGLxazRy

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) July 22, 2022

@TheEllenShow is the Twitter account for comedian Ellen DeGeneres. DeGeneres was also the host of the long-running daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show (usually referred to as Ellen). DeGeneres’ popular talk show began in 2003 and ended with its final episode airing on May 26, 2022. DeGeneres’ Twitter account often shares video clips from the talk show. This account was created in August of 2008.

9. Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) — 80.9 million followers

Today, 22nd July has a special relevance in our history. It was on this day in 1947 that our National Flag was adopted. Sharing some interesting nuggets from history including details of the committee associated with our Tricolour and the first Tricolour unfurled by Pandit Nehru. pic.twitter.com/qseNetQn4W

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 22, 2022

Narendra Modi is the current Prime Minister of India. Modi has been the Prime Minister of India since 2014. Like the Twitter accounts of other politicians and world leaders, @narendramodi often tweets updates about the current state of the country and updates on his government’s goals, work, and accomplishments.

Modi’s Twitter account was created in January of 2009.

8. Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) — 84.8 million followers

We are all so excited for OUR SOLD OUT STADIUM SHOW IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN 🖤 there’s surprises tonight, I felt inspired to pour even more of my heart into the show. “I need you to listen to me please believe me, I’m completely lonely please don’t judge me.” Xx LG #ChromaticaBall

— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) July 21, 2022

At number eight on our list, Lady Gaga is the first singer/songwriter to have a top 10 most-followed Twitter account. Her @ladygaga account has nearly 85 million followers and that’s not surprising considering she is an award-winning singer-songwriter and actress. Lady Gaga first became known via the debut of her first album The Fame, which was released in 2008. Her Twitter account, on the other hand, was created the same year in March, a few months before The Fame came out in August.

7. Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) — 90.6 million followers

NO PROBLEMS TODAY JUST CHAMPAGNE🥂 I wanted to share this video with you from when @aaron_dessner and I were doing our fittings for the video and there was a piano, so ofc this happened. SO stoked evermore has been honored like this. Congrats to all our fellow nominees #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/e50IShhoe6

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 23, 2021

Taylor Swift is yet another singer-songwriter on this list and her @taylorswift13 account has racked up over 90 million followers since it was created in December 2008. Swift’s Twitter account often features tweets about Swift’s music itself (promotion tweets but also some behind-the-scenes stuff too). She’s known for songs such as You Belong With Me, I Knew You Were Trouble, Shake It Off, and Bad Blood.

6. Elon Musk (@elonmusk) — 101.9 million followers

I made an offer https://t.co/VvreuPMeLu

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 14, 2022

Elon Musk is a billionaire and the CEO of Tesla, an electric car manufacturer. Oh, and he also attempted to purchase Twitter only to then back out of the deal a few months later. His Twitter account, @elonmusk, now has over 101 million followers. This Twitter account was created in June 2009.

5. Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) — 102.1 million followers

⚽️🏃🏻‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/MUY0MpqUcF

— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) June 24, 2022

Cristiano Ronaldo is a professional soccer player. Ronaldo currently plays for Manchester United as a forward. His Twitter account @Cristiano, has over 102 million followers. This account was created in June 2010.

4. Rihanna (@rihanna) — 107 million followers

me carrying around all my secrets 😂🤰🏿🧡 pic.twitter.com/69vobB1ppl

— Rihanna (@rihanna) February 17, 2022

Rihanna really needs no introduction. But just in case you’re not aware: Rihanna is a singer, actress, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. Rihanna is an icon. So the fact that her Twitter account, @rihanna, is number four on this list of the most-followed Twitter accounts is absolutely not surprising. Between her wildly popular music, and her successful fashion and beauty brands, Rihanna was always going to garner a healthy social media following. Her Twitter account was created in October 2009.

3. Katy Perry (@katyperry) – 108.9 million followers

ive never felt more vulnerable than I do now with literally only one, lone, last, dangling eyelash extension 🫠

— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 14, 2022

Katy Perry’s Twitter account is number three on this list but Perry is also the fourth singer to make it into this top 10 as well. Katy Perry first came onto the scene in 2008 with her hit debut single I Kissed a Girl. Her Twitter account, @katyperry, has amassed a following of over 108 million since it was created in February 2009.

2. Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) — 114.1 million followers

1 year of preparation 🔥 @FreeFire_NA #GarenaFreeFire #FF5thAnniversary #FFxJB https://t.co/U1YZpwJDrI pic.twitter.com/mZ6pMfozXB

— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) July 7, 2022

Justin Bieber is the last singer to make it into the top 10 most-followed Twitter accounts and his account is number two! This is kind of insane because his music career has come a long way since his early career days singing songs like that very middle-school-dance hit Baby. His Twitter account is number two on this list because his @justinbieber account has over 114 million followers. Who knew there were so many Beliebers on the bird app?

This Twitter account was created in March 2009.

1. Barack Obama (@BarackObama) — 132.3 million followers

John Lewis and Reverend C.T. Vivian dedicated their lives to fighting for freedom and equality. They believed we could remake this country until it lived up to its full promise, and now it’s up to all of us to follow in their footsteps. https://t.co/evjgKFqdRx

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 17, 2022

We’ve made it to the top spot of our most-followed Twitter accounts list and former President Barack Obama’s Twitter account has won the top spot by a substantial margin. The @BarackObama Twitter account has over 132 million followers.

Former President Barack Obama’s Twitter account was created in March 2007 and it is also the oldest Twitter account on this list.

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How to search Twitter by date

Need to find an old tweet? Well, if you know the approximate date it was published, you might be able to retrieve it using Twitter’s Advanced Search feature. This feature allows you to search for old tweets using a number of factors, including the date.

Conducting an Advanced Search for an old tweet in order to search Twitter by date only takes a few steps. And we can show you how to get it done quickly.

Can I retrieve old tweets?

Yes. You can find old tweets. The simple way is to just use the search bar at the top right of the website or at the top of the Explore section of the mobile app. Conducting a simple search without filters can work if you know what you’re looking for and if the tweet is particularly unique.

But if you don’t have a lot of information on a tweet or the tweet isn’t very unique (maybe it’s about a common or popular topic), search filters can be really helpful here in narrowing down your search results so you can find the tweets you need quicker. In this case, you don’t want to just conduct a simple search as described above. You’ll want to use Twitter’s Advanced Search feature instead. You’ll be able to set filters to find tweets related to your search terms that also fit within parameters like date range.

In the next section, we’ll show you how to search for old tweets by date using the Advanced Search feature.

How do you look up old tweets? Using Advanced Search to search by date

The easiest way to look up old tweets by date is by using Twitter’s Advanced Search tool on its desktop website.

Here’s how to use the Advanced Search tool to search for tweets by date:

Step 1: Via your desktop web browser, go to straight to Twitter’s Advanced Search tool.


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Step 2: Under the Words section, enter your search terms in the appropriate text boxes. Then review the other search filter sections and fill them out as needed.

Step 3: Navigate all the way down to the last section, Dates. Using the Month, Day, and Year drop-down menus, set your desired date range for your tweet search.

Searching by Dates on the Twitter Advanced Search webpage on desktop.

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Step 4: Select the Search button in the top-right corner. That’s it! Your search results should then appear, and they should fit within your set date range.

Can you use Advanced Search to search by date on the Twitter mobile app?

Short answer: No.

Longer answer: While you can certainly search for tweets on the mobile app, there isn’t a true Advanced Search tool you can use to search by date. The mobile app only offers basic search and a limited set of search filters you can use, like People (anyone versus just the accounts you follow) and Location (anywhere versus near you). You can also set your Search Settings to hide sensitive content or remove results from accounts you’ve already muted and blocked.

But that’s about it. You can’t search by date using the Advanced Search tool on the mobile app. However, you can still use Advanced Search on the mobile website. Here’s how to access the Advanced Search feature on the mobile site:

Step 1: Go to the Twitter mobile website and sign in to your account.

Step 2: Tap on the Magnifying glass icon and on the Explore page, then enter your search term in the Search bar at the top of your screen.

Twitter mobile website's magnifying glass icon.

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Step 3: On the search results page and choose the Three-dots icon next to the Search bar.

Selecting Advanced Search from pop up menu in Twitter mobile web.

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Step 4: From the menu that pops up, select Advanced search.

Step 5: Enter your search terms again in the Words section, and then navigate to the very bottom of the page to the Dates section to set your date range.

Once your filters are set, tap Search in the top-right corner. That’s it!

Searching by dates in Advanced Search on Twitter mobile web.

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Need more guides on how to get the most out of your Twitter experience? Check out our Twitter how-tos about downloading Twitter videos and viewing tweets chronologically.

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How to view tweets chronologically on Twitter

As with Facebook’s feed and Instagram’s feeds, Twitter also lets you switch between its own algorithm-run timeline and a timeline that is sorted from most recent to oldest tweets. And so, if you’re not particularly interested in Twitter’s recommended tweets in its Home timeline, you still have the option to view a chronologically sorted timeline instead.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to view tweets in your timeline chronologically either on the desktop website or on the mobile app. You can’t go wrong with either method: They’re both incredibly simple.

How to view the most recent tweets first: on desktop web browser

If you normally scroll through Twitter via a desktop web browser, this is the method for you. Here’s how to view the most recent tweets first on Twitter’s desktop website:

Step 1: Go to Twitter.com and log into your account if you haven’t already.

Step 2: Once logged in, you’ll see your Home timeline. To switch your timeline view to show the most recent tweets first, select the Three star sparkle icon. It’s located in the top right corner of your main timeline.


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Step 3: From the menu that appears, select the See latest Tweets instead option. This option is also marked with a Double arrows icon.

That’s it. You’re now viewing your Twitter timeline chronologically with the most recent tweets posted at the top.

Desktop website Twitter timeline's latest tweets menu option.

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How to view the most recent tweets first: On the mobile app

You can also sort your timeline chronologically via the Twitter mobile app. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Open the Twitter app on your mobile device.

Step 2: On the main timeline screen, select the Three star sparkle icon at the top of your screen.

Twitter mobile app's Three star sparkle icon.

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Step 3: From the menu that appears, choose the Switch to latest Tweets option. This menu option is also marked with a Double arrows icon.

And that’s pretty much it. Your timeline should immediately be sorted now to show you the most recent tweets first.

The Twitter mobile app's latest tweets menu option.

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British Army’s YouTube and Twitter accounts were hacked to promote crypto scams

Both the British Army’s Facebook and Twitter accounts were hacked and used to promote cryptocurrency scams, the UK Ministry of Defence confirmed on Sunday. It’s unclear when exactly hackers took over the two accounts, but they both appear to be back to normal now.

“We are aware of a breach of the Army’s Twitter and YouTube accounts and an investigation is underway,” the Ministry of Defence Press Office said on Twitter. “The Army takes information security extremely seriously and is resolving the issue.”

Hackers hijacked the British Army’s Twitter page, swapping out the organization’s profile picture, bio, and cover photo to make it seem like it was associated with The Possessed NFT collection. The account sent out various retweets for NFT giveaways, and its pinned tweet linked users to a fake NFT minting website.

The videos on the British Army’s YouTube channel were replaced with old livestreams featuring Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey.

Bad actors also stripped the British Army’s YouTube channel, deleting all its videos, as well as changing its name and profile picture to resemble the legit investment firm Ark Invest. Hackers replaced the British Army’s videos with a series of old livestreams featuring former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. These livestreams were previously aired as part of The B Word conference held by Ark Invest last June, but hackers added an overlay that encouraged users to participate in a crypto scam. The channel aired four livestreams at once, with some of them racking up thousands of viewers.

As Web3 Is Going Just Great blogger Molly White points out, the scammers who took over the British Army’s accounts carried out their scheme with some of the same tactics used in the recent past. In March, hackers took over the Twitter account belonging to MKLeo, one of the world’s top Super Smash Bros. Ultimate players, and used it to peddle phony NFTs made to look like they were associated with The Possessed. Just two months after that incident, scammers managed to steal $1.3 million using the same Ark Invest livestreams that were repurposed for this hack.

Twitter spokesperson Rocio Vives told The Verge that the British Army’s account Twitter “has since been locked and secured,” and that “account holders have now regained access and the account is back up and running.” Google didn’t immediately respond to The Verge’s request for comment.



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Twitter brings closed captioning toggle to Android and iOS

Twitter now offers the option to turn closed captioning on or off in its mobile apps for Android and iOS devices.

On Thursday evening, the bird app’s official @TwitterSupport account announced via a tweet that a closed captioning toggle is now available to everyone using Twitter for Android or iOS. The tweeted announcement described the new mobile app feature as a “‘CC’ button” that works with videos with captions enabled.

The choice is now yours: the closed caption toggle is now available for everyone on iOS and Android!

Tap the “CC” button on videos with available captions to turn the captions off/on. https://t.co/GceKv68wvi

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) June 23, 2022

In the replies to the tweeted announcement, @TwitterSupport offered a few more details about the feature that’s new to the Twitter mobile app:

The closed captioning toggle is “already available” for Twitter on the web and it should show up as users hover over a video that has captions enabled.

This is already available for everyone on web! On videos that have captions available, you can turn the captions off/on by clicking the “CC” button at the bottom that appears when you hover over the video.

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) June 23, 2022

You also don’t have to tap the toggle button every time you want to enable captions for videos. Once you toggle captions on for one video, the other videos in your timeline that offer captions should also follow suit.

You're welcome, Courtney! When you use the “CC” button to turn on captions for one video, captions will stay on for other videos in your timeline that have captions available.

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) June 23, 2022

We tested the new mobile-friendly closed captioning toggle feature on Twitter for Android, and currently it is live and working. But here are a couple of things we noticed:

  • As @TwitterSupport noted in their announcement, the new toggle feature only shows up for videos that have closed captions enabled. And depending on who you follow, you may not have that many videos in your timeline that are eligible to display the toggle. It was hard to find a video that had captions enabled (so that the toggle would appear).
  • Based on what we’ve seen so far on Android, the closed captioning feature and its toggle do not seem to be visible in videos embedded in tweets while in the timeline. You’ll have to click on the tweet itself (not the video) to open the tweet, in order to see the closed captions and the toggle button (which should then appear in the top-right corner of the video).

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How to start a Twitter Space

Conversations on Twitter aren’t limited to threads and replies and DMs. Twitter now offers a way to communicate with other users without text. It’s called Twitter Spaces and it lets you host, join, or listen in to live audio conversations on particular topics, all from within Twitter.

If you want to start your own Space on Twitter, we’ll go over how to start one depending on your device, as well as answer a few of your more pressing questions about it.

How to start a Twitter Space on Android and iOS

At this time, you can’t start a Space on the web, but you can start one on its Android and iOS apps. Here’s how to start a Twitter Space on the Android and iOS apps:

Step 1: For Android: Open the Twitter mobile app on your device and select the blue Plus sign icon in the lower right corner of your screen.

For iOS: Open the Twitter mobile app on your device and press and hold the blue Plus sign icon. You have to press and hold this icon because simply selecting or tapping it only brings up the compose box for creating new tweets, which is not what you want.


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Step 2: For Android: From the menu that pops up, select Spaces.

For iOS: Select the Spaces icon that appears. It’s purple and kind of looks like a squat oval microphone with a plus sign.

Twitter Spaces menu option.

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Step 3: In the Create your space screen that appears, go ahead and name your Space, select its topics, and/or toggle on the Record space option (if you want to record your Space).

Twitter Spaces create your space screen.

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Step 4: Then choose the Start your space button. You may be prompted to permit Twitter to have access to your microphone.

You’ll then be prompted to invite people to join your Space if you’d like. If you’d rather not, select Skip. You can also share your Space via a Tweet by selecting the Share with a Tweet button.

When you’re done with your Space, choose the red End option in the top right corner of your Space. Then select Yes, end to confirm.

A Twitter Space in progress.

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Step 5: On Android, you can also start a Space by selecting the Spaces icon at the bottom of your Twitter Home screen. (The Spaces icon looks like a squat oval microphone.)

On the Spaces screen, select the blue Spaces icon (another squat oval microphone, but this one has a plus sign), located in the bottom right corner of your screen.

Then follow steps three and four as usual.

Selecting the Spaces tab icon in Twitter for Android.

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Can anyone start a Twitter Space?

Yes, at this time, anyone with a public (no protected tweets) Twitter account can start a Twitter Space, provided that they do so via the Twitter mobile app (for Android or iOS).

If you can’t meet the above requirements, you won’t be able to start a Twitter Space, but you’ll still be able to listen to Spaces on the web version of Twitter and you’ll still be able to listen in, join, and speak in Spaces if you’re using the Twitter mobile app for Android or iOS.

Why can’t I start a Space on Twitter?

If you can’t start a Space on Twitter, it’s most likely because of one of these reasons:

  • Your account is private (has protected tweets). According to Twitter, such accounts can’t create Spaces. However, though private accounts can’t create a Space, they are allowed to speak in others’ Spaces and they can join Spaces. If a private account joins a Space, the other participants will be able to see them.
  • You’re trying to create a Space on the web version of Twitter. At this time, Twitter says that the web version of its platform does not support the ability to start a Space. You’ll need to download the Twitter mobile app for Android or iOS in order to be able to start a Space.

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