Clubhouse, a new type of social network application based on voice, has continued to set the internet abuzz.
The spotlight recently beamed on the platform which has already garnered over 50,000 downloads and 139 reviews as of the time of filing this report.
But what’s the app all about?
TheCable Lifestyle examines four things about the app that has kept social media enthusiasts buzzing.
Clubhouse is a platform which allows people to chat in real-time, share stories, and network using their voice.
In a terse bio on Twitter, the platform described itself as “a space for casual, drop-in audio conversations.”
The app allows participants to navigate virtual rooms to discuss several issues spanning relationship, music, TV shows among others.
A major feature of the app is its exclusivity. Clubhouse is exclusive to members while non-members can only join the platform if they are invited by those already signed up.
Unlike Facebook, Twitter and Instagram which combine text, pictures, audio as well as video; Clubhouse uses only audio in connecting people.
Who introduced the app?
Launched in April last year, Clubhouse was developed by Paul Davison, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, and Rohan Seth, a former Google employee, and is valued at an estimated $100 million by May.
It is understood that the duo received a $12 million fund from Andreessen Horowitz, a US-based firm, in May, to support the growth of the app.
The app became a sensation during the lockdown earlier brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and has since become a household name among several people since then.
Who can use Clubhouse?
Clubhouse is currently available for only iPhone users. However, plans to launch the app on other operating systems including android, are underway.
Celebrities who frequent the app include Oprah, MC Hammer, Drake, Estelle, Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Jared Leto, Meek Mill, Van Jones, Aston Kutcher, and many other Silicone Valley entrepreneurs.
How can you get the app?
Clubhouse is currently available for download on Google play store. However, only its beta version is available.
A beta version is a piece of software that is made available for testing, typically by a limited number of users outside the company that is developing it, before its general release.
But downloading the app doesn’t mean you can start using it automatically.
You are required to join a waitlist until a member already using that app invites you. When this is done, you can then invite up to four friends to also join you in using the app.
By its extant arrangement, anyone who successfully signs up as a member will get one invite. This will, however, increase to three or more with time.
A post on its Twitter page read: “We are currently in private beta, download our app to join the waitlist – we’ll let you in soon!”
Several users have since been taking to Twitter to share their experiences using the app with some of them comparing it with Twitter and Facebook.
Here is what some of them had to say: