The beginning of 2021 was marked by the emergence of a new social network. Driven by artists and celebrities, Clubhouse is an audio platform that allows you to connect multiple people in a group. With the popularity, the network has already attracted 2 million users, the company itself revealed in January 2021. After all, what is the Clubhouse? And how does it work? That’s what we’re going to find out now.
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What is the Clubhouse?
The Clubhouse (Alpha Exploration Co.) is a social network created by Paul Davison (ex-Pinterest) and Rohan Seth (ex-Google), friends since 2011. The platform was launched in March 2020 in the United States with the aim of bringing together people to talk about various topics, such as technology, marketing, behavior, culture, travel, art, among others.
In short, he resembles a podcast, only completely live and without any editing, just like the radio. The host opens a room and shares whatever he wants with the guests present. In addition, you can create a bio, follow friends and suggest rooms for them.
The app boom came after Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, came into a room to talk about Mars, COVID-19, vaccination and chat with Vlad Tenev, Robinhood’s CEO, bringing together thousands of people. The participation of other celebrities attracted new users to the Clubhouse. Anitta, Boninho (director of Big Brother Brasil), Oprah and Drake are some names that have already entered public rooms.
How do I get an invitation to the Clubhouse?
Not everyone had access to the Clubhouse during the height of the social network due to some limitations. First, because the app is only available on the App Store, that is, for iPhone (iOS) and iPad (iPadOS) users. In addition, during the beta phase, you need an invitation from someone who is already at the Clubhouse. See below how to get it:
- Install Clubhouse: Drop-in audio chat (developer: Alpha Exploration Co.) on your smartphone;
- enter your cell phone number and enter the four-digit code that will arrive by SMS;
- define your nickname (user);
- your account will remain pending until an acquaintance, who has your phone number, authorizes the invitation.
After that, a text message will arrive on your cell phone and your access to the Clubhouse will automatically be released. If you are already on the social network and want to send an invitation, just click on the letter icon in the upper area of the app; select the contact and forward the permission via SMS.
How to download Clubhouse on Android?
Android owners will find another app with the same name, but the version that appears on Google Play is a task manager and has no connection with the social network. On the Clubhouse blog, the founders say the service is “for everyone” and adds: “we are excited to start working on our Android app soon”.
How to open a room and participate in conversations?
Anyone who has created a profile at the Clubhouse can join groups to listen and participate in a discussion (speak), as long as the host releases his microphone. It is also possible to create an open room (for any user to access); open a room with people you follow; or start a private group with selected friends.
The host is able to schedule conversations using the calendar icon at the top of the application. It is possible to create a name for the event, insert a description, add a co-host, the date and time to happen. In this same area, the member checks other scheduled “lectures” and can activate the notification so as not to miss them.
Is the Clubhouse safe?
Like any other social network, the Clubhouse has access to the data you put on the platform when you create the account. The company explains that it can collect personal information (name, phone, email, photo), messages sent, rooms it opened and analyze how the user interacted with the service. The database can be useful for recommending content; study the interaction; develop new products; among others.
Regarding sharing, Clubhouse says the following: “the company does not sell your personal data. In certain circumstances, we may share the categories of Personal Data described above without notice, unless required by law ”. The application also has access to your calendar on your cell phone to expand the connection between members. This is a controversial point around the Clubhouse, given that they manage to check the contact list at all times.
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