Everything you need to know about Clubhouse

Are you still typing your messages? Pfft. That is so 2020.

In this topsy-turvy world, socialising – and even working – is mostly done online. So it’s time to shine for all the voice-driven social media platforms out there. 

What platforms are we talking about? Just the one really, but it’s taken the world by storm – Clubhouse. 

It’s the new startup everyone is talking about right now. Read on to learn everything you need to know about Clubhouse.

What is Clubhouse?

New startup Clubhouse is an audio-based social network where users can freely jump into chat rooms and babble away. 

The conversations are audio only. When they finish, they disappear forever – just like Snapchat. So to avoid FOMO users have to constantly be listening, or risk missing out on a juicy conversation. 

Consider yourself the strong, silent type? That’s okay – Clubhouse also lets you kick back and listen to real conversations as they happen. So whether you’re the life of the party, a wallflower or anywhere in-between, Clubhouse house has you covered. Feel free to spend your night socialising however you like.

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Who created it?

Clubhouse was created by Rohan Seth and Paul Davison, and bankrolled by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz

Clubhouse has spiked in popularity thanks to tech industry movers and shakers, and A list Hollywood celebrities. Big names like Ashton Kutcher, Oprah and Chris Rock have been spotted using the app. 

How does Clubhouse work?

Right now Clubhouse has a pretty niche clientele. In May 2020, Wall Street Journal reported only 3,500 users. But what makes Clubhouse so appealing is its take on large virtual social interactions. Because seriously, who hasn’t missed going to parties or music festivals? 

Similar to a real-life party, users have the freedom to join larger discussions, or branch off to smaller conversations – all in the comfort of their own home. And don’t feel pressured to talk. Simply listen to other people if you like. You won’t get any judgemental looks while you eavesdrop – we promise. 

Think of Clubhouse as a phone line in the 80s – sometimes the lines accidentally get crossed. As conversations on the app aren’t locked, you can tune in and out of conversations whenever you like. Choose to listen in to people’s lives, or become part of the dialogue. 

Hasn’t this been done before?

Sure has! Twitter was one of the first platforms to roll out a voice tweet feature, allowing users to record and post audio messages. Although it received a positive response, Twitter didn’t enhance this feature like Clubhouse has done.

I want it! Where can I download Clubhouse?

So you want to get your hands on the coolest app out there right now? Get ready to be disappointed.

Clubhouse isn’t open to the public as it has been in beta since last year. But you can download the app to get first dibs on a username. The kicker though? You have to be invited to join Clubhouse by someone who already has it to gain full access.  

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