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:
Was in a Clubhouse room honoring MF DOOM yesterday and Jazzy Joyce herself was in the room and she said she’d never heard the song where he’d namechecked her in a rhyme so the DJ played “Doomsday” for her and it was an amazing moment I will remember forever
— I’m Gary (@noyokono) January 1, 2021
Loads of Nigerians joined clubhouse and probably got tired of trying to fake accent in several rooms, so they created their own rooms and are now speaking normally. Great. Create your own stages. And be yourself.
— Dr. Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) January 7, 2021
I don jam my former landlord for clubhouse room 😂😂😂
— Dr PamPam 🇬🇭 | Omo Iya Ologi (@UnclePamilerin) January 8, 2021
Twitter has a symbiotic relationship with Clubhouse- the two compliment each other extremely well. Wouldn’t surprise me if Twitter tried to acquire Clubhouse loooool it’d be in line with the takeover tactics of big tech
— * (@Uwnayna) January 8, 2021
there’s so much to unpack here, but one thing i can say is clubhouse significantly stresses me out for this reason. in general spaces, in astrological and spiritual spaces, people equate their ability to engage intellectually/ use buzzwords to their worth & power in these spaces https://t.co/TF1m7z4Cmh
— Kemi 🕊 (@melanatedmommaa) January 8, 2021
In my ADHD Accountability and Productivity room on Clubhouse, someone came in looking to learn more, not for himself, but for his friend.
Such level of love and support is heartwarming, and people who go lengths for their own have my eternal respect.
— Joey Akan (@JoeyAkan) January 8, 2021
Nigerian youths spend countless hours discussing sex on clubhouse #CH. And this is why if you are just a bit intellectually above average; you can be a star in Nigeria. There is no competition. 95% of our youth would rather discuss sex than build capacity.
— Royalty (@royaltyuso) January 7, 2021
clubhouse is a great app but it’s definitely feeding into people’s egos and narcissism
— t-yan (@ovotiann) January 8, 2021
Same way y'all made noise about the House party app.. This club house gragra go soon fade for una eye.
— YH 👑 (@Yemihazan) January 8, 2021
Club house should have a limit. My entire day taken up on this app. And i don’t even get paid for it. Who created this??? They bout to be reach asf keeping us on here 6 hours at a time.
— Page Kennedy (@PageKennedy) January 8, 2021
The rooms on Clubhouse went down in quality fast.
— That Ain't The DJ, That's My DJ (@CoryTownes) January 7, 2021
Don't allow the peer pressure from Clubhouse make you borrow money to buy iPhone pic.twitter.com/C1LZh65OEZ
— Dvddy Muonso 🕊 🇳🇬 (@emekah_) January 7, 2021
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