At last, Clubhouse is ditching the waitlist

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Drop-in audio chat app Clubhouse is coming out of beta and that means anybody can join the app and start a conversation.

This is likely great news for creators on the app who have been able to monetise their Clubhouse chats for some time now. Being able to share a link to join a conversation on other social media platforms and having fans join without begging for an invite is surely a good thing.

Clubhouse says that the reason it implemented the waitlist and invites was to help welcome new users and to keep things from breaking which makes a lot of sense. You will recall the app was exclusive to iOS at first which we suspect is due to Apple’s rather small market share compared to Android. This likely gave Clubhouse a way to test at scale without risking tens of millions of Android users crashing servers.

“It’s been a rollercoaster first half of the year, and we’ve emerged much bigger than we were in January. Our team has gone from 8 people to 58. The number of daily rooms has grown from 50k to half a million. We’ve added 10M people to the community since we launched Android in mid-May, and seen 90M DMs sent since we launched Backchannel last week. The average listener now spends over an hour a day on Clubhouse, and a huge percentage of people don’t just listen, but actually talk,” writes Clubhouse.

The firm also unveiled a new logo (as seen in our header) and website. What these mean for Clubhouse’s icon which rotates every month to feature influential voices in the community. We hope this trend sticks around because it’s very unique and it’s a great way to give folks some exposure without detracting from their business.

We are dreadfully curious to see how Clubhouse grows now that its invite system is no more.

You can download Clubhouse for free on iOS and Android.

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.