Why Clubhouse is Going Viral

Pratiksha Bajikar Pratiksha Bajikar
Feb 28, 2021 6 min read
Why Clubhouse is Going Viral

The social media platform has another gem added to its treasure, called the Clubhouse. So to say in the pop culture lingo, the app is said to be “lit AF” since it's in a hot spot of news and media. The app has also been making headlines for the security concerns of its users, its billion-dollar investments, and also for being kicked out by the Chinese government.

Let us analyze what is Clubhouse and what the hype is all about.

Clubhouse - Latest news
Clubhouse - The App
Is Clubhouse Jeopardizing the Security of its Users?
Why is Clubhouse getting all the Attention? - Celebrity encounters
“The Good Times Show”
The Chinese Ban
FAQs

Clubhouse - Latest news

February 22, 2021- Clubhouse has surpassed the 10 million mark for its downloads globally. India has witnessed 42000 installations of the app so far.

February 14, 2021- "Join me for a Conversation"? Elon Musk invites Putin on Clubhouse.

February 10, 2021- Clubhouse tops Japan's download chart as CEOs and other top executives embrace app. Clubhouse has been downloaded on 440000 devices in Japan alone.

February 11, 2021- Facebook is working on a similar app called the Fireside to compete with Clubhouse.

Clubhouse - The App

Clubhouse, founded a year ago, by silicon valley entrepreneur Paul Davison and ex-Google employee Rohan Seth, is an audio chat app that lets you talk, listen or join conversations happening in the “rooms'' of the app. It has a 5000 members cap on every room that is created. If you want to speak, you can “raise your hand” and be brought up on the “stage” along with the moderator in charge of the room.

The Clubhouse app is currently only available for iPhone users. According to the official website of Clubhouse, the developers are working on an android version of the app which will soon be made available.

Clubhouse Logo
Clubhouse Logo

So once you are invited, you can listen as well as join conversations, discussions and interviews on various topics by entrepreneurs and artists alike. The conversations are live unlike podcasts and can be listened to or joined only while they are on air. You can listen to them while you are multitasking or join a group of listeners on a topic that fuels your curiosity.


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Is Clubhouse Jeopardizing the Security of its Users?

Well, the answer cannot be a legit yes but many of the users are bothered by how it demands access to all your contacts. This might not be a surprise as many of the social media apps have the same protocol, But Clubhouse has contact uploading requirements which might be uncomfortable to the users.

The app shows recommendations to those people who have been blocked by other users. For example, if you are being harassed, and have blocked out the contact, Clubhouse lets that harasser know that you’re connected to them via app recommendations.

Also, there are speculations that Clubhouse makes unencrypted recordings of the conversations happening in the virtual “rooms” which it claims to delete if anything happens beyond the status quo.

Adding to the above, another observation is that Agora, the company that is behind the app’s infrastructure, is based in Shanghai. It concerns the users of privacy breach and the data being passed on to the Chinese government.

Why is Clubhouse getting all the Attention? - Celebrity encounters

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“The Good Times Show”

Roughly, a month ago a couple launched a show called “The Good Times Show” which has garnered popularity after it interviewed a few giants from the tech industry. “The Good Times Show” is hosted by a Facebook employee and her husband who is a newly named partner at Andreessen Horowitz.

Elon Musk made an appearance on the show on January 31st where he spoke about his company SpaceX preparing for a Mars trip, about how artificial intelligence will slowly take over, his views on cryptocurrency, and the ongoing pandemic. It all went bananas when he brought on stage Robinhood CEO Vladimir Tenev for an interview. The interview was about the app’s role in the short squeeze of GameStop’s stocks.

On February 4, the man in charge of the world’s largest social media network, Mark Zuckerberg appeared on the Clubhouse app. Signed in as “Zuck23”, Zuckerberg talked about futuristic technology from Facebook’s Reality Labs Group, which specializes in augmented reality, virtual reality and other platforms believed to be the future of human interaction.

Clubhouse User Growth Over Time
Clubhouse User Growth Over Time 

The show further plans to schedule an interview with Elon Musk and rapper Kanye West. The maverick show has been doing new rounds of attention since it interviewed two tech leaders of the industry who are otherwise shy when it comes to media appearances. Clubhouse and “The Good Times Show” could be a new platform for world leaders and influencers to share their knowledge and expertise. It could be also a new media outlet for performers and artists.

The Chinese Ban

Shortly after a certain “room” on the Clubhouse was found discussing taboo topics such as Beijing’s placement of Uighurs in concentration camps in Xinjiang, Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement and the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests — absorbing perspectives and information far outside the lines drawn by the Communist Party, the app was blocked by China.

Top Clubhouse Markets by Downloads
Top Clubhouse Markets by Downloads

There are more than one billion internet users in China. But very few have access to iPhones. The access limits further as users need foreign-registered iPhones to download Clubhouse. Politics was one of the topics discussed that touched the wrong Chinese nerve. The government, afraid of the freewheeling of opinions of the citizens on an American app is troublesome enough and wasted no time in banning the app in China.

Although, various tech-savvy groups from China, which included engineers, product managers, and several intellectuals have talked about making a similar app for their fellow citizens. However, many believe that the Chinese government would never give up that control.

FAQs

What is the Valuation of Clubhouse?

Clubhouse reached a valuation of $1 billion as of January 24,2021.

Is clubhouse only on Apple?

According to the official website of Clubhouse, the developers are working on an android version of the app which will soon be made available.

Who owns the clubhouse app?

Clubhouse is developed by a Silicon Valley entrepreneur Paul Davison and ex-Google employee Rohan Seth.

Conclusion

When the app becomes available on android, it is going to create a much bigger flow of listeners voicing their opinions and sharing their stories on the platform that Clubhouse seems to provide. This could lead to many countries, afraid of their opinioned citizens, to prevent its use in their countries too.

Nevertheless, its popularity is far from diminishing. As said earlier, Clubhouse could become a new media outlet and host various arguments and discussions that could change the course of activities around the world. It is on its way to reform the patterns of social media behavior and how we use it.

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