Twitter buys Breaker, an app that distinguished itself in the podcast application market by allowing its users to enjoy and comment on episodes.
co-founders will contribute to the development of Spaces, the audio exchange
feature tested by Twitter since last December.
The creators of Breaker, a podcast application, are now working for Twitter. They announced this Monday that their platform, launched in 2016, will shut down on January 15. The team will now work on the development of Spaces, an audio feature tested by the social network since last December.
The latter should enable group audio exchanges within dedicated discussion spaces. Twitter's recruitment and buyout strategy aim are to "improve the state of public conversations" on the platform, explained Michael Montano, the company's chief engineer, quoted by Engadget.
— Leah Culver (@leahculver) January 4, 2021
A feature to discover
Breaker co-founder Leah Culver expressed her "satisfaction at the idea of helping to create the future of audio conversations. She also said she is joining the Twitter team to "help build [...] Spaces.
Neither the social network nor Breaker's co-creators, Leah Culver and Erik Berlin, gave details about the nature of their tasks or the precise form Spaces will take. "We continue to find ways for people to communicate better," Berlin said in a blog post.
A growing interest in audio format
Breaker had distinguished itself in the podcast application market by allowing its users to enjoy and comment on episodes. Twitter, meanwhile, already offered an audio tweet feature.
Like many digital giants, the microblogging platform, therefore, decided to invest more in the audio format. Amazon, Google, and Spotify have recently acquired companies or launched applications dedicated to podcasting.