Clubhouse is the next big thing. A revolution in the world of social media. Get ready for an app without photos and videos and notifications. The crazy social media app where people mostly celebrities talk and you listen. Listen and speak and ask questions. Clubhouse is an audio-chat social media app developed by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Paul Davison and ex-Google employee Rohan Seth. It creates a space and allows users to host and talk and listen.
It provides users with multiple chat rooms based on their interests. Users can discuss various topics like business, sports, health, technology or Bitcoin, etc. It is not like a regular podcast. You get a chance to enter and listen to a live conversation. The conversation ends right there and isn’t saved for future purposes. You cannot access any conversation offline.
At the moment, Clubhouse is an invitation-only platform and is only available for iPhone users. You have to be invited by an existing user. Every new user gets two invites and can only invite two people to join. You can download the app and be on the waiting list. The app is rapidly getting popular worldwide and soon might be available for android users as well. This might be possible by the end of 2021 after the app’s beta stage is complete as hinted by its creators.
Clubhouse was launched in April 2020. Initially, it had only 1500 users and was valued at $100 million. Just one appearance of Tesla CEO Elon Musk skyrocketed its worth. Clubhouse is now valued at $1 Billion with more than 10 million users.
Why Clubhouse? when I have Facebook, Instagram or Twitter…
Social media apps come with a lot of benefits. They give us a chance to connect and interact with the world. We can post pictures, browse videos, follow our favorite celebrities. Make new friends and connect with people of different cultures and professions.
We enjoy staying connected with the world. In quick seconds we get to know about the latest happenings around the world. Benefits are plenty but there are disadvantages too. We are regularly distracted by messages or notifications. Posting pictures and watching videos require your full attention. You can never do any other task while you scroll.
Remember those old golden days of yours, when the world was free of television, phone and the internet. Radio was our only option. There was tremendous joy in listening to songs, or sports commentary and news. Patiently sitting and listening to an unknown voice was pure joy. You could feel butterflies in your stomach. Our happiness knew no bounds whenever our favorite celebrity was on the radio. Never to forget those cassettes and tape recorders.
So, history testifies, any audio-based platform enjoyed huge popularity and was loved by millions. So, Clubhouse is here to stay and rule. Just put your headphones and listen to your favorite people. You can listen while you walk, eat or sip your loved coffee. The Podcasting industry is set to cross the $1 Billion mark by the end of 2021. While other social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter look saturated and have nothing new to offer, Clubhouse is set to overtake and give users altogether a new experience.
What Clubhouse Means For Business Owners, Celebrities, and The People
Clubhouse is home to some of the most influential people in the world. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have already arrived on the platform. Clubhouse will be more popular by the end of 2021. Seeing the buzz around it, more and more people are attracted and interested to join it. More popularity means more followers. And, more followers means more business. So, it gives the opportunity for students to acquire knowledge, businesses and startups to sell ideas, products and services. Celebrities to engage with their fans. All this through voice only. Only audio. No video. And, only Clubhouse can provide you with such a joyful experience of listening to your favorite people live.
How the App Looks Like?
It’s only available for iPhone users for now. You have to be invited before you can enjoy the most popular app of 2021. You can download it but have to wait for an invitation. The invitation arrives on your phone. You click it and enter the world of clubhouse.
The interface looks neat and clean. More clear and less confusing. Once invited you can easily sign-up by answering the regular stuff. The next step is to select your areas of interest.
Based on your interest it will recommend some people to follow. The home screen gives you two options. One to start a room. You can create a room and start the conversation. People who are interested will enter. You can restrict the entry of people by changing the settings and making the conversation a private one. Second to join an existing room.
You can enter any room and start listening. You can politely exit if you are done. If you want to ask a question then you need to raise a hand. Then you have the search bar. Another interesting option is the calendar. You can sift through the upcoming conversations. All the chat rooms have moderators who closely monitor the conversations and kick out anybody who crosses the line.
Clubhouse is rapidly expanding. And it will exponentially grow by the end of 2021. Soon, it may take over other social media apps like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It may change the way we consume data and information. Blogs, videos and images are here to stay for a longer time but audio-chat-based apps like Clubhouse are set to rule the next decade.