What is the Clubhouse app and what’s the fuss about?
Clubhouse is a social networking app based on audio-chat. It connects the functionality of a radio, conference call, and a casual meeting or a lecture where users can listen to captivating conversations on various topics.
You’re not invited:
Clubhouse has a tone of exclusivity. You can’t just download the app, create an account and join the party. The idea behind the invitations works just like a real-life exclusive, membership club. You have to be invited to join by an existing member. Clubhouse is currently not available on Android devices, so you’ll need to use an iPhone for now.
Just like many other apps, you have to select a range of your interest. Technology/IT, business, psychology, and so on. The number of conversation rooms and users the app will recommend to you depends strictly on the amount of information you’re willing to share.
The topic room works just like a conference call. Most people just join the channel to listen to other people talking. Once the conversation is over, the room is closed- no content stays on the platform in a form of recording (yet, it doesn’t stop anyone from recording using external software.)
How to get a Clubhouse invitation?
To join Clubhouse, an existing user has to send you an invitation from their app. Then you’re given the access to set up your own account. When you are invited, you’ll receive a text message to your phone number, containing a link directing you to a sign-up page in the app. Note that existing users only have two invites available at the beginning. The creators have announced that they’re aiming to complete the app’s beta stage to eventually “open up Clubhouse to the whole world”.
What has Elon Musk got to do with it?
The Clubhouse App was launched by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Paul Davidson and Rohan Seth in March 2020. In May 2020, it had just 1,500 users, and was worth $100m. Recently Elon Musk hosted an audio-interview on Clubhouse with Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev. The event reached the app conversation room limits and was live-streamed to YouTube. It allowed Clubhouse to gain lots of recognition. Currently, Clubhouse has over 2 million users.
Clubhouse has announced new features, such as well-known subscriptions as well as tipping or tickets. The new solutions will potentially allow users to directly pay creators via the app. Clubhouse is now valued at $1bn, and is considered a Unicorn startup just likeUber or SpaceX. The App invitations are highly desirable at the moment making some users try to sell and buy them on Reddit and other online forums.