The new plan with Spaces

Penned on the 23rd day of October, 2021. It was a Saturday.

Earlier, I wrote an article entitled Let’s All Love Lain. So much of the background spoken of there has put me into the kinds of positions I am in now, today. I can always see and observe everyone, but I cannot be their friends, on their side for better or worse. In past communities I was always prolific, but always on the margin, and often shoved off the mantle entirely by people with grudges or other problems of their own. I had to learn that those damages get done even though it wasn’t exactly my fault, and so I grew not to trust people so much in that way. I had to break the cycle of betrayal, and I did it by finding my own ideas and works that I am happy with, no matter what people think.

I have been waiting for a long time to gain access to Spaces on Twitter so that I may grow socially in a context that I am uniquely prepared to excel in, as I have failed so much to grow in others like Discord or plain Tweets yet refuse to change how I treat the place. I want to host Spaces three times a week, and I want to do it in a way that maximises engagement in an explosive way. This will be accomplished by bending together three things: listener participation, topic management, and time management. As a listener I have always been compelled to speak in Spaces I join, and there is nothing I dislike more than a Space where the host does not or cannot give me an opportunity to speak soon enough that I can catch the topic and provide input. I think there are others like me who have a lot to talk about, and I think some intense turn-taking would bode well to encourage and promote those people without getting caught up with those who want to say in passing.

In this way, I can create a gathering of people that belongs to nobody, and cannot belong to anybody because it can’t truly belong to me, the manager of the Space, but in a functional kind of irony provides belonging to everybody. Through frequent scheduling and smart moderation, I can bring forth the voices of people who have difficulty finding their own space like me, lost in a deluge of social groups that don’t have any purpose to them besides their members. These voices are valuable because they don’t already have a place where strangers can easily access them – they are probably too nuanced or strange, and I want to hear them. I like to think of this as if it were “everyone’s podcast” – everyone has as much of an ear as they do an open microphone. No cliques, no limits. It will be challenging to make it engaging but I think I can do it.

I want to rise to the challenge of scaling this unique social construction because I think Twitter Spaces offers something nowhere else does: group voice chat with a very low barrier of entry on a platform with lots of people and variety of opinion. My bottom line on Twitter always was, the tone of my Tweets suck. I can’t win by posting, but people understand me a lot better when I speak, so that’s what I need to be able to do. I am very excited to take this on.

Until next time,
Άλέξανδερ Νιχολί