Clubhouse ends invite-only system; Opens to all iOS, Android users

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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The popular voice-based social networking app, Clubhouse is now open for all iOS and Android users, the developer has announced. The audio-only app has been an invite-only platform ever since it was launched in 2020. 

Initially, it was rolled out on iOS and beta testing on Android started globally in May this year. Now, the developer Alpha Exploration has stated that Clubhouse is out of beta and will not require an invite to join. The company has got a new logo and website as well.

In a blogpost, Clubhouse founders Mr. Paul Davison and Mr. Rohan Seth wrote, “Twelve never-boring months later, we’re thrilled to share that Clubhouse is now out of beta, open to everyone, and ready to begin its next chapter.”

The clubhouse was launched in April last year as an iOS, invite-only app in beta. It started gaining momentum and a lot of users joined in subsequent months to the point where celebrities were getting involved. 

Earlier this year, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Mr. Elon Musk appeared on the app after which it blew up. Other platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, Telegram and others started working on their own versions of a Clubhouse-like social audio platform. Now, Clubhouse is finally leaving beta and opening its gates to everyone who wants to join.

By stepping out of the beta version, the app is removing the waitlist system so those who have a club can post their link to everyone. Similarly, creators can bring their audience to join Clubhouse. The new release for the app is out for Android and iOS and the developers say they will release new updates every 1 to 2 weeks. 

The team also shared some statistics for Clubhouse stating that the number of daily rooms has now grown from 50,000 to half a million. The platform has added nearly 10 million people to its community since it launched on Android in mid-May. However, it is not clear if these are daily active users or monthly active users.

Clubhouse also revealed that more than 90 million direct messages have been sent since Backchannel, the direct messaging feature, was added to the platform last week.

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