The audio-based platform is out there for everyone.
After a few years of beta testing, you do not need an invitation to hitch Clubhouse. So now you’ll hop right into the app and begin joining the conversation.
Clubhouse Is Finally Available to Everyone
A post on the Clubhouse blog revealed that the app is finally out of its invite-only stage. In other words, anyone can use the platform, whether or not they want to start a club, join public events, or invite friends, relations, and fans to the app.
Things to love about Clubhouse:
✅ Wonderful people
✅ Fascinating conversations
❌ > ✅ Easy to join
After 16 never-boring months of building, we’re thrilled to share that Clubhouse is now out of beta, open to everyone, and ready to begin the next chapter! pic.twitter.com/vC1g2KfhyQ
— Clubhouse (@Clubhouse) July 21, 2021
Since January 2021, Clubhouse has seen substantial growth. “Our team has gone from eight people to 58. the amount of daily rooms has grown from 50K to half 1,000,000,” the Clubhouse team wrote. additionally, Clubhouse has added about 10 million people to the app since its launch on Android.
The platform’s direct messaging feature, dubbed Backchannel, has already seen 90 million DMs sent, despite the part only being every week old at this point of writing. Judging by these numbers alone, Clubhouse’s community will surely see a massive amount of growth now that it’s not invite-only.
Has Clubhouse’s Invite-Only Policy Hurt Its Growth?
Clubhouse’s invite-only policy has been both good and bad for the budding audio-based platform. On the one hand, it allowed the app to gradually accommodate its growing userbase and squash any bugs that cropped up, but on the opposite, it gave similar platforms a headstart.
As users waited patiently to receive an invitation for Clubhouse, the most important names in social media cranked out their Clubhouse clones. to form matters worse for Clubhouse, the app was only available on iOS until May 2021, when it finally reached the Google Play Store.
Twitter Spaces, for instance, took the lead in audio-based conversations when its beta launched in December 2020. Although it had been initially available for iOS users only, it quickly became available on Android in March 2021. Spaces’ quick launch and wide availability instantly put the platform before Clubhouse.
Facebook even took a crack at stealing Clubhouse’s spotlight by rolling live longer than Audio Room. Spotify also released a feature for audio-only chatrooms called Greenroom. Other platforms like LinkedIn and Reddit have Clubhouse clones within the works also.
Can Clubhouse Compete With Its Clones?
The Clubhouse has some intense competition. The platform is pitted against the significant popular social media, all of which have already got an enormous advantage over Clubhouse: an already-existent userbase.
Fortunately for Clubhouse, its community only appears to be growing. Now that the app is out there to everyone, does it potentially become subsequent Twitter or Facebook?