16 December 2020
Twitter is officially acquiring Breaker, a podcasts app with a focus on social interaction. The announcement has come just a month later we came to know about Twitter Spaces. It is a feature under limited testing that allows users to create virtual rooms and have real-time audio conversations. The acquisition is a move meant to make this feature better and ready for the masses.
Breaker is a podcast application that debuted on Android and iOS in 2017. It works like any other podcast app where users can search, browse, follow, and listen to their favorite podcasts. The main feature that sets it apart from most of the competition is that it also offers a social media-like environment to users. It basically allows Breaker users to follow each other on the app as well as like, comment, and share podcasts.
Leah Culver, a co-founder of Breaker, tweeted that she will be joining Twitter to help build Spaces.
As for existing Breaker users, both Android and iOS applications will stop working from January 15th. It means these users have 10 days to export their podcast subscriptions. The exported data will be available as an OPML file that can be opened in any other podcast app for easy transfer. It should be noted that you do not have to transfer the file immediately. It can be downloaded and kept safely for usage whenever you want to move.
If you happen to be a podcaster on Breaker, you will be able to transfer your podcast to any other service in the form of an RSS feed.