Why you don’t need an invite to the Clubhouse

Apparently, we have so few social networks for communication (sarcasm) that the emergence of any new one causes a real stir. Of course, Clubhouse this is not another Facebook or Telegram, the developers of the application decided to go a different way and instead of the text format, they offered users an audio format. It turned out that the topic works, the hype around the Clubhouse is such that it seems that soon grandmothers on the benches will start talking about it. As a result, many other social networks turned into a community of those who want to get into the Clubhouse, because you just can’t get there, you need an invitation. Even in our chat Telegram sometimes starts begging for invites. But in reality, you hardly need an invitation to this social network. And below I’ll tell you why (spoiler – it’s not at all as cool as they say).

Everyone is just talking about invites to the clubhouse. But is it worth it?

What is a clubhouse

In rooms, the user can have two roles: the founder of the room, who automatically becomes the moderator, and the listener – by default, all users who entered the room become them. Further, the founder can appoint additional moderators. If a user wants to speak, he presses the Raise Hand icon, after which the moderators decide who to give the floor to.

Actually, this is a short but very accurate description of what the clubhouse is now. The service was developed by Alpha Exploatation, which was founded just a year ago by people from Google and Pinterest.

The clubhouse home page (left) with available rooms and the room itself (right). Top speakers, bottom – listeners

How to get an invite to the clubhouse?

There are three ways to get invited to this social network and start chatting with other users. The most popular – find an invite; you can ask your friends or acquaintances if someone is already using the Clubhouse and they will send you an invitation.

The number of available invites is indicated at the top

But the number of invitations is limited, and soon they end. Therefore, there is a second way – any user can invite you himself if he has your phone number in his contacts. In this case no invite needed, he just finds you on the social network (giving you access to your contacts) and clicks “Let’s them in!”. The number of such “invitations” is unlimited.

Well, the third way (the longest) – you can download application and leave a request for authorization in it. Perhaps you are lucky and the system will prompt you to log in after a while. Or maybe not. I waited about 3 weeks until they just sent me an invite.

Why is Clubhouse so popular?

Although the format of the social network is really different from what we are used to, it is still not clear why everyone suddenly started talking about the clubhouse. There is an explanation for this, because one of the investors in the Clubhouse is the world-famous venture capitalist Mark Andreessen. It was enough for him to connect some of his connections so that Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Jared Leto, Kanye West registered on the social network, and the rest would catch up on their own. Considering that I’ve just listed some of the most famous people in the world, it’s no surprise that the clubhouse took off.

Well, plus mechanics with invites increased the attractiveness of the service. When a user cannot log in or register somewhere, he wants to get there even more. Such a psychology.

Is it worth downloading the clubhouse

Surely you have not read this article yet, but you are already thinking where to get an invite, or register in the application. Do not hurry. I have been using Clubhouse every day for more than a week and I must say that the service has many flaws. And he is unlikely to be able to fix many of them.

First, the Clubhouse app is simple will shower you with notificationsas soon as you access it. As soon as someone starts a conversation or joins another, there will be a push notification. It seems that the developers of the clubhouse had a goal – to make an application that will annoy you with notifications as much as possible. Well, the truth is, I don’t get that much from messengers. I had to restrict notifications altogether and only enter the application when I have time.

Another drawback of the clubhouse for me personally is conversations cannot be heard in the recording… Of course, it makes no sense to record every conversation, but it would be convenient to have a button, by pressing which, I could start recording, thereby showing interest in the room, and then listen when there is time. Some conversations last 2, 3 hours or more (people, do you really have that much free time? I envy). I just do not have so much time and charge on my iPhone, and this application will drain the battery very quickly. It’s a pity, because sometimes the discussion is really interesting.

It would be nice to add a record button somewhere here

But this is not so bad, and it can be fixed in the next release. What developers will find difficult to fix is ​​user behavior. I mentioned that there are informative discussions in the clubhouse, but most of the conversations are just chatter… I have visited so many rooms, even listened to many discussions, but often this is the level of conversations “the sky is blue, the grass is green.” Nothing useful, unless there is a purpose to waste a couple of hours of your life

A lot of conversations are conducted in the “captain’s obvious” style. Once I went into a room where they discussed the attitude of the leaders to their employees. It should be interesting. But all the arguments boiled down to the fact that “the employee needs to be given a rest”, “you need to use the task scheduler”, “equip the employee’s workplace” and so on. Seriously? And I liked how many speakers try to seem smart, dazzle with quotes from the Internet, while saying things that are obvious to most.

And I also conducted an experiment – in rooms that were of particular interest to me, I tried to step out of the role of a listener and become a speaker. Raised his hand. Only in 2-3 rooms it worked. In the rest, it is clear that the speakers know each other, and invite from the audience only those with whom they are personally acquainted. And where people were really invited, they were often kicked out of the roomif their opinion did not coincide with the opinion of other speakers (although there were arguments).

It’s so uninteresting. The conversation immediately becomes boring than if a person from the side was allowed into it.

In general, it seems to me that the clubhouse went on the hype and the participation in its promotion of famous personalities like Ilona Mask, Oleg Tinkov and others. And as soon as the HYIP subsides, and this may happen, everyone will forget about it. Or a new social network with a different feature will be released. So at one time it was with the Secret application, where users wrote nasty things about each other, Pinterest went a similar way. Perhaps I am mistaken, but in its current form the clubhouse did not come to me at all. So maybe you don’t need an invite there. For now, anyway.

The Clubhouse app is also available for iOS only. Android is in flight.

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