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Now anyone can join Clubhouse, the pandemic’s hottest new social media app

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Clubhouse, where members join virtual rooms for live, unscripted discussions, said Wednesday it will no longer be just an invitation or operate a waiting list to join the app. Now all iOS and Android users in the U.S. and abroad can now sign up.

The platform was launched in March 2020 when the pandemic affected the United States and many were trapped at home. It quickly became the Silicon Valley debate and caught the attention of larger social media. In January 2021, Clubhouse was as supposed valued at $ 1 billion.
Clubhouse founders Paul Davison and Rohan Seth said in a January blog post which they planned to “climb … as fast as possible and open it to everyone soon.” An Android version of the app, released in May, has surpassed 10 million downloads, the company said Wednesday.

“The invitation system has been an important part of our initial story,” Davison and Seth wrote in a blog post Wednesday. They also said that adding people in waves has helped “grow Clubhouse in a measured way.”

But the decision to open the platform comes as the app must not only compete with the return of IRL meetings in the U.S. and other markets, but must also compete with the newly released network platform products. more established social networks. Twitter began experimenting with “Spaces” in December and Facebook launched Live Audio Rooms at the end of June.

According to data from Sensor Tower, which tracks mobile apps, Clubhouse has experienced a significant decline in monthly IOS downloads in recent months, from its peak of 9.6 million downloads in February to just 719,000 in May. Overall, the app has reached approximately 29.8 million installations worldwide in the App Store and Google Play, according to Sensor Tower.

But Clubhouse suggested participation on the platform remains strong.

Clubhouse said approximately 500,000 rooms are created daily on the platform, with an average user spending approximately one hour a day on the app. An option to direct text messages to the Clubhouse app was announced last week, called “Backchannel”. About 90 million messages have been sent, the company said. (Before, people would have to meet each other off the platform to engage in a text-based conversation).
During its short life, Clubhouse has already faced several questions about whether it is equipped to handle harmful speech moderation and abuse on its platform, with some members and critics publicly sharing examples of anti-Semitism, misinformation and harassment. While the company has added some security features, there have also been concerns about measures intended to help.

“We know there will be many higher and lower as we scale, and the competition from the big networks will be fierce. But we believe the future is created by optimists, and we are happy to continue working to build a different kind of social network.” , wrote Davison and Seth.

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