As part of its efforts to maintain its foot on the development accelerator, Twitter has announced the expansion of two new initiatives that will offer additional possibilities for businesses and artists on the platform.

In the first instance, Twitter is now asking more companies to apply for its Professional Profiles test, which will allow firms to display more business information in a dedicated, extra profile area inside the app.

Twitter professional profiles example

In this example, Twitter’s Professional Profiles add several new display elements to your Twitter presence, including a business location listing (which people can tap on to open in Google Maps), hours of operation, and contact information. These new display elements are contained in a new module beneath your main profile display, as you can see in this example.

Following the successful introduction of Twitter’s first test of Professional Profiles in April, more companies are now receiving alerts like this in their inbox.

Twitter Professional Profiles email

That could suggest that the option is getting closer to a full roll out, and with Twitter also experimenting with new icons for businesses, delineating their sector, it seems that the next move for the option is imminent.

In addition to this, Twitter’s also expanding access to Ticketed Spaces, which it first opened up for public applications back in June.

In other words, although not yet accessible to everyone, more individuals will be able to host their own paid-for Space from which they may earn direct income as a result of their work as of today.

I mean, they’ll receive a little bit of it. Twitter is only collecting 3 percent of the costs for Ticketed Spaces (up to a total of $50,000 in profits), but app store fees must also be taken into consideration, which will decrease the creator’s overall portion of the revenue. Example: If you charge $5 for admission to your Space on iOS, $2.80 from each ticket sold will be paid to you, while 70 cents will be sent to Twitter and $1.50 will be paid to Apple/Google.

So that’s something to keep in mind – but even so, it does offer an additional income stream, and it may encourage more people to use Spaces, which seems to have lost some of its early impetus as the air has been drawn out of the audio social trend.

At the same time, it is still unclear what Twitter will do to further encourage the discovery of Spaces in the near future.

Twitter has been working on a new, dedicated Spaces tab in the app for the last several months, which will allow users to easily view broadcasts that are currently in process at any time. However, with the introduction of Communities, a new tab was added to the bottom bar, replacing the previous one.

Twitter Spaces vs Communities tab

So will it be Spaces or Communities that gets the final nod? I don’t know, and maybe Twitter doesn’t know either, because three days after the launch of Communities, it previewed another new design for the Spaces tab.

Maybe that’s a consequence of increased development speed, or maybe it’s all part of a broader plan that Twitter will reveal over time.

Either way, Spaces needs good content to keep people coming back, especially if they’re going to have trouble finding it. As such, it’s important that Twitter moves to expand ticketed Spaces, which will also provide more revenue potential for more creators in the app.

Oh, and there’s also this:

I have no idea what this is.