An innovative blend of talk radio, dialogue, podcast and online party, Clubhouse is the app that’s got people talking.
The social networking app is based on audio-chat, with users able to listen in to conversations, interviews and discussions between all sorts of people on all sorts of topics.
Even if the guest speaker is someone of billionaire status, like Elon Musk, the interactive aspect of the app means that anyone in the ‘room’ – what Clubhouse calls the event when a talk is happening – has the chance to be invited up on stage to speak with incredibly famous or interesting people.
So, if you’ve ever joined of picking the Tesla billionaire’s brains about stocks, or fancy chatting to another A-lister in the future (famous Clubhouse users include Zendaya, Virgil Abloh, Ashton Kutcher, Jared Leto and Oprah Winfrey), how can you join Clubhouse?
How to get an invite to Clubhouse
At the moment, you can’t just download Clubhouse off the app store and create an account.
You must be invited by someone who is already a member.
If you’re invited, you’ll see a link texted to your phone number, directing you to a sign-up page in the app.
Existing users only have two invites available at first so if you want in, you best be nice to your contacts with a connection.
However, have hope. In a recent blog, 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.’
How does Clubhouse work?
Clubhouse is made up of ‘rooms’, which anyone can join or start, and are titled with the topic of discussion. Inside, you have the moderator aka the person who started the room, and the audience.
If you want to speak, you can ‘raise your hand’ and be brought up to the ‘stage’ alongside the moderator who controls everything in the room.
At present, Clubhouse puts a cap of 5000 listeners on any one room.
Everything from auditions for live rehearsals of musicals to talks by people including Elon Musk have made Clubhouse an invite-only gang many are desperate to join.