What Exactly Is Clubhouse? And More Importantly, Should You Be on It?

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Chances are you’ve been hearing whispers about the latest app to hit the social-media mainstream, and if you aren’t on it already, it’s only because you haven’t gotten one of those golden invitations yet.

Clubhouse is the first of its kind. It’s an audio chat app. People like Kevin Hart, Ashton Kutcher, Drake, Snoop Dogg, Oprah Winfrey, and Elon Musk have already signed up and are in clubrooms having conversations that anyone can listen in on and/or participate in.

Wait, what? Yep. Why listen to a TedTalk on Youtube when you can listen to Zendaya chatting idly with Tiffany Haddish or listen to Elon Musk talk about… anything?

The interface of the app is pretty simple, and it’s fairly easy to navigate. Once you sign up, you are free to follow topics that interest you, or even people you know (or like), and be alerted when they are in a clubroom talking about whatever topic they fancy, and then join said clubroom. You can also join various clubs depending on your interests.

For example, say you are a die-hard Harry Potter fan — don’t judge, they’re good books! — you can search for other people who have the same passion for Dobby and his friends and join a special ‘Potterheads Only’ club. Then you will receive notifications when people are discussing your favorite house in that clubroom. Join the club room virtually and talk to a Gryffindor from Ukraine or a Slytherin from Ecuador, or if the chat doesn’t suit you, you can simply leave quietly. Kind of like an “Irish Goodbye”, but online.

Clubhouse has a unique way of connecting people all over the world in real time, with our voices rather than our typing. Much like the chat rooms of old (remember ICQ, anyone?) when people were first exploring the world wide web. If you don’t remember those chat rooms, the wait to log on, and listening to the sound of dial up, then just re-watch Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail and you will understand what we are talking about. Clubhouse has become a way to bring the world closer together in a time when a global pandemic has been keeping us apart.

Perhaps it’s because of the pandemic that we are craving live human interaction, or perhaps it’s because we really do have a desire to make famous people more accessible to us. Maybe it’s the bliss of being able to chat with like-minded people around the world just like you would with your best friend. Whatever the reason, Clubhouse is blowing up and pretty soon, we hope everyone is on it. Good luck getting an invite.

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