What Is Clubhouse?
That’s a very good question to ask and we’ll do our best to answer it for you.
You might have heard of Clubhouse by now but it’s unlikely you’ve joined Clubhouse unless you’ve got a friend who was kind enough to invite you. Luckily we have such a friend so we can give you the inside track on Clubhouse and prepare you for this new kid on the block of social media.
What is Clubhouse?
In short, Clubhouse is an audio-based social media app. The company describes itself as “a new type of social product based on voice that allows people everywhere to talk, tell stories, develop ideas, deepen friendships, and meet interesting new people around the world.”
That’s a pretty good summation from what we’ve seen so far since we’ve been both participating and observing over the past few weeks … but we do see the future and it looks very bright!
To put it into meaningful words, basically, you can jump in and out of different chats going on. You can listen or you can take part in the conversation. It’s really up to you.
We like to think of each conversation as something akin to a cocktail party where you are either actively chatting with a group of people (cocktail in hand) or standing on the sidelines just listening in.
Just like a cocktail party in real life, what’s said at the party stays at the party as there’s no recording of conversations and they’re not saved.
So now you know what Clubhouse is let’s share some of the features so you can decide whether you’ll take up that invitation or give it a miss.
Created by Paul Davison and Rohan Seth, this app’s official website has barely any details on it and yet, people are raving about Clubhouse.
This article will be a quick primer to help you understand what all the frenzy is about and why Clubhouse is skyrocketing in popularity.
For starters, Clubhouse is in beta-mode as of writing this article but its growing.
What does that mean?
It means exclusivity, for now. The app is only allowing a limited number of users at the moment, and while there are invites being gradually issued, it’s still not open to the public. Which makes it even more desirable… almost like a new rave club in town with all the cool people inside and a huge bouncer at the door telling you that you can’t enter.
Sooner or later, it has to open up to everyone. Be patient.
The degree of privacy in Clubhouse far surpasses most of the other social media apps. Other than a small profile picture and a bio, there’s really not much opportunity to display information about yourself… but we’re all getting creative!
Unlike Instagram which is notorious for getting people to post glamorous ‘lifestyle pics’, you don’t get to post photos on Clubhouse. You don’t even get the dignity of private messaging other users, which is something you can do on platforms like Facebook.
You can’t record conversations in Clubhouse because there’s no feature within the app that allows you to do that. Like we said above using the cocktail party analogy, what happens in Clubhouse, stays in Clubhouse. Once a conversation is gone, it’s gone forever.
It’s also important to note that other users will be able to see which rooms you’re following, similar to Instagram which shows you which profiles you’re following. So, you might want to think twice about joining any groups you don’t want other people knowing about!
Engaging in Clubhouse is easy. You just raise your hand and if the moderator invites you on ‘stage’, you get to speak and join in the discussion. Alternatively, if you wish to keep a low profile and just lurk around, that’s fine too – they ask you to lurk quietly and leave any conversation quietly.
Those who contribute more will get a chance to become a moderator, and with great power comes great responsibility. As we found just recently when becoming a moderator in error that suddenly you’re in charge of the conversation. It’s actually not that scary really.
Unlike Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the insanity-inducing Tik Tok, almost all of Clubhouse is audio-based with very limited text/images to consume. This app is perfect for people who love to talk and listen without a dozen distractions.
Those who prefer audio as a learning modality will benefit from Clubhouse without a doubt and much that can be learned from our recent time spent there (ideas flowing already!)
Clubhouse is only available on Apple products such as the iPhone and iPad and Android users are currently murmuring about being left behind. It is what it is! This is probably temporary, and sooner or later, they’ll roll it out for Android users too.
Where Things Stand…
Currently, Clubhouse looks like it’s going to be one of the biggest players in the social media scene. By doing away with photos, private messaging, and the usual features offered by most social media apps, Clubhouse is actually more focused and creates greater value so it will appeal to a discerning user.
Sign up for the app on your mobile device (if you’re an Apple user) and see if you can get an invite from a friend who’s already using it.
While you have the chance just create the username you want (or can get) and you’ll be set to go when that invitation comes around.
Then go ahead and have fun in the Clubhouse while it’s still fun and exclusive… before the unwashed masses descend upon it en masse and turn the Clubhouse into an asylum… hypothetically speaking, of course!!
You can find us as @ChrisBeesley and @SusanBeesley – we have two separate accounts so we can join in different conversations relating to what we want to participate in.
Our next step having been observers and invited on stage to participate is to create our own event and then have a club of our own.
Watch this space for updates as Clubhouse develops and we can offer you more information of how we see it developing from a networking and marketing perspective.
Thanks for reading What Is Clubhouse and we look forward to hearing your thoughts and any feedback if you are already a user.
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