March’s App of the Month: Clubhouse, the audio-only app

21st March 2021

We’re sure by now you’ve heard of Clubhouse, the audio-only app that everybody is talking about it. And talking really is the operative word here. Clubhouse is a social networking app where you can drop-in on conversations, interviews, and discussions without the need for anyone to show their face. Look at it this way, it’s liking tuning into a podcast, but instead, it’s live – and slightly more exclusive. Clubhouse is currently invite-only, so we’ve made it our App of the Month here at Cuhu and we’re going to give you the total rundown. 

So, what is Clubhouse?

As mentioned above, Clubhouse is a drop-in audio-only app, now very popular amongst celebrities and CEOs alike – Elon Musk included. Once you’re on the app, you can choose from a huge range of chat rooms that are being ‘hosted’ and ‘moderated’ by a panel that has control over the audience and who can come to the ‘stage’ to talk. If you want to speak, you can raise your hand, ask a question and contribute to the conversation (if given permission!). 

Clubhouse has become a place where you can tune into anything from funny tell-all stories to debates, lectures, performances, book clubs, comedy shows and music sessions, and without a doubt, so much more. 

And in terms of privacy and security in these rooms, the app doesn’t allow its users to record the rooms. So what is said in the room, stays in the room… Unless someone screen records or quotes it one Twitter, that is! 

How can I join Clubhouse?

The app is currently only open to a beta group, meaning they’re keeping things small to test the features and safety and it is currently only available on iOS. This means that whilst the app currently has 10 million users, Android users are yet to join in on all the fun. 

And to top it all off, Clubhouse is invite-only.

Well, how can I get an invite?

To  be able to join Clubhouse, an existing Clubhouse user must send an invite from their app giving you access to set up an account. If you are invited, you’ll see a link texted to your phone number, directing you to a sign-up page in the app. Users cannot currently invite anyone and everyone to the app; existing users only have two invites initially available. However, you can join the waiting list and this will notify anyone on your contact list that already has an account that you’re interested in joining. So that’s always worth a try. 

In a recent blog post, the creators have announced that their 2021 goal is to complete the app’s beta stage, so they can eventually ‘open up Clubhouse to the whole world.’ It’s just currently a big waiting game…

When will it launch on Android?

It is currently unclear when Clubhouse will launch on Android but the creators have spoken and said they ‘are thrilled to begin work on [their] Android app soon, and to add more accessibility and localization features so that people all over the world can experience Clubhouse in a way that feels native to them.’ Well, Clubhouse, if you need any app development, we’re here!

Want to get your foot in the door? Download the app here

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