There’s been a lot of buzz about Clubhouse .but what is it? Here’s a quick breakdown of the social media app and why it’s become so popular so quickly.
While new apps come and go all the time, Clubhouse has managed to stand out as one of the most unique app releases in recent memory.
What Is Clubhouse
The clubhouse is a social networking app in its most basic sense, but the way people interact is considerably different. After opening the Clubhouse app, users are presented with a list of virtual rooms to join.
Each room features a small group of speakers talking about any topic imaginable. In contrast, the rest of the users are audience members that sit back and listen to the conversation at hand.
The entire experience is audio-only, with users able to switch between rooms whenever they’d like, request to speak in one of these rooms or create their own room for others to join.
There’s also the fact Clubhouse was (and still is) a fairly exclusive app. Clubhouse was limited to the iPhone for over a year after its launch, with the Android app only rolling out in May 2021.
Even more noteworthy is that, Clubhouse is no longer an invite-only app. Anyone can download the app and begin the sign-up process, without an invite.
Pros Of Using Clubhouse
The app has audio chat rooms that you join very simply, and one can even host them. The rooms are live, and they are like a podcast. For introverts who do not like to show their video while conferencing, this app is the perfect place as it has no video option.
When a person enters a room, they will see the speakers and moderators listed on the “stage” at the top of the screen. If you wish to speak, you can “raise a hand”. It is up to the room’s creator or moderator to decide whether to grant the request or not.
Small rooms give an intimate kind of feeling and allow connecting with intelligent people working on extraordinary things.
One can make strong connections with people with similar interests. If a person is looking for help in a particular area, this platform is the right place for them. At Clubhouse, you can quickly find someone who has knowledge and skills in areas like social media, finance, etc.
Help is just one click away.
One can find themselves in the same room as Elon Musk or Oprah. Many experts are sharing their experiences on the app and even teaching master classes.
If you are lucky enough, you might even get a chance to interact with world leaders and successful entrepreneurs and artists on this platform. The perfect place to listen to like-minded people and meet the people you idolize.
As there’s no imagery other than each user’s profile picture and the app is audio-only, the chances of someone breaching your privacy are less.
The chat rooms are moderated, and not everyone can speak until the room’s creator/moderator permits them.
What Are The Cons Of Using Clubhouse?
Too Many People
As the app is becoming popular day by day and the number of users is in the millions, it will become harder to find good chat rooms. When the capacity of rooms increases, there will be distractions, and you might not be able to communicate with other people.
The interactive nature will decrease, and it will be harder to talk to experts.
Slowly people are getting addicted to the app, which is time-wasting. Plus, as the number of users increases on the app, one might have to wait long hours to get answers to their questions from experts.
This will be a lot of time-consuming for people who have a goal set in their minds, leading to unproductiveness.
Who to trust?
We do not know the person who is speaking and a lot of people might even pretend to be successful people, and this raises the question of who to trust.
We do not know the reality, and many people have been fooled into believing such fake people. The issue of listening to two rooms simultaneously has been raised a lot. Doing this will not only distract the person from listening, but they might not even learn anything, hence spoiling the whole purpose of being in the room.
You can block users, make private rooms, report incidents on Clubhouse, but misinformation and hate speech can be spread because of poor moderation tools.
The company says that it is working on improving them, but this is not the only point that irks the users. The app is aggressive with its connection recommendations.
As of now, there are no parental controls on the app. That’s because Clubhouse has a minimum age requirement of 18. However, there is no age-verification system. So, the app is not so kid-friendly.
Its idea of very limited usage is a pro and con both. It has a sleek design, but very limited usage. So, it will be kind of exclusive, but kind of useless at the same time.
Clubhouse is still developing, and it needs to undergo a lot of changes. Since its debut, Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, LinkedIn, Spotify, and others have unveiled their own Clubhouse-like features.
Whether or not Clubhouse itself sticks around for the long haul remains to be seen, but what is certain is that it’s already had a massive impact on the way people think about social media