If you have been on social media frequently, then you might have already seen Clubhouse and wonder what it is all about. If you are wondering what Clubhouse is, then you are in the right place. Read on as we explain everything you need to know about Clubhouse. You’ll see why YouTube is adding new features to keep up with the competition.
What is Clubhouse?
Imagine that you have a platform on your phone that allows you to listen to other people’s conversations in real-time. However, not in a creepy way because these people actually want to be heard. These people may be well-known or have interesting knowledge that they want to share. If you are lucky enough, you may be given a chance to join the discussion. That being said, you can think of Clubhouse as a voice-chat social platform. This doesn’t sound like a major views siphon for YouTube, at first at least.
Clubhouse is basically a social media platform. But unlike YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter, it does not have any photo and video features. All you have is your profile feature and the audio.
If you want to use this platform, then there are a number of things that you should know. Right now, the platform is only available for iOS users. So if you are an Android user, then you might need to wait until the company makes the platform available for everyone.
And in case you are an iOS user who made an account on Clubhouse, then that does not mean that you can already use the platform. This is because this app is an invite-only platform. So, you will need an invitation from someone who is already a Clubhouse user before you can have access to the platform. Every new user will be given two invites that they could use for other people. In addition, they will earn more as they use the platform. This is different than YouTube.
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In addition, Clubhouse is not optimized for iPadOS. While you can open the app using your iPad, you will be using the app in a small window. You can also look at it in a weird zoomed-in 2x size.
Moreover, the company is already working on a Clubhouse app for Android. However, the developers want to scale up gradually, and the number of Android users worldwide is much larger than the number of iOS users. If Clubhouse was launched for Android when it was released into the public, Clubhouse servers might have been gone by now after a publicity stunt. But still, having three million users in just a short time while in beta is a lot of growth. This puts YouTube at a significant advantage in terms of raw technology.
It is also important to note that you cannot access Clubhouse on the web. The only website that this platform has is joinclubhouse.com. However, it is only a pointer that directs you to the Apple App Store. YouTube is big enough not to worry about things like this.
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Most of the people who use Clubhouse are either celebrities or people who are well-known in different fields. So, before you can access Clubhouse, you need to have a huge following on your socials like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
On the other hand, there are also people who sell Clubhouse invites on eBay. You can also try “pay it forward” invite chains. However, you need to be wary of the invites you will purchase because you could get scammed. For this reason, the best thing to do would be to wait for Clubhouse to be available for the general public.
What Data Would Clubhouse Ask For If I Register and is it Different than YouTube?
When you register for an account at Clubhouse, you will have to give your full name and phone number. Even if you have not secured an invite yet, you can already register the username that you want to use on the platform. The person who wants to invite you will only need your phone number. Once invited, you will receive a text message that contains a link that is telling you to visit joinclubhouse.com/app and log in using that number. This isn’t much different than YouTube, although you can use it to view and give views to YouTubers for free with no login.
In case you do not want to set up a profile from scratch, you can link your Twitter account to Clubhouse. Your data, as well as your existing profile icon on Twitter, will be recorded on your Clubhouse account. In addition, the platform will ask you if you want to link your contact so it will be easier for you to find people to follow. But do not bother linking your contacts if they do not have any influencers in them. After logging in, the next thing you should do is to verify your email address with Clubhouse. Doing this will make your email address a method for reconnecting in an instance that an issue on your account occurs.
Once you already have access to Clubhouse, you will see a lot of rooms. Each room is filled with people discussing different topics. Topics on Clubhouse can be anything, such as sports, world affairs, tech, and everything under the sun. In each room, you will find people who share the same interest as you. The more people and topics that you follow, the more likely you will get suggestions for a room that is suitable for your desire.
Needless to say, Clubhouse is a pretty useful platform for those who can access it. Though it is simple, the features that it has are beneficial for users.
YouTube Taking Views from Clubhouse By Adding New Feature
Clubhouse has only been in the industry. It was launched in March 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. It became popular among famous individuals because of its invite-only exclusivity. During its early days, Clubhouse is an incredibly small community. It only consists of venture capitalists back then. That is because Alpha Exploration Co., the company behind Clubhouse, came straight from Silicone Valley.
Two months after Clubhouse was launched, it received a $12 million investment from Andreessen Horowitz. It was not too long after that that Clubhouse’s value reached $100 million. During that time, the platform only had 1,500 users. Right now, it is open for a lot more than investors regardless of it still being in its invite-only stage. Now, there are rumors that like buying YouTube views for your favorite creator, buying plays for your Clubhouse people isn’t far off.
Does YouTube have any real reason to fear Clubhouse? Perhaps at first, but they have since added YouTube Shorts, allowing creators and viewers to enjoy short-form content. This content can be both video and audio format! There is functionally no reason to even bother with any other competitor, and YouTube still delivers the best entertainment experience found on the internet. This is why it’s still viewed as one of the greatest creations to ever rock the tech world.