Clubhouse, which reached a valuation of approximately $ 1 billion as of December 2020, quickly became a virtual meeting point for tech entrepreneurs, journalists, activists, and celebrities.
Dave Morin, the founder of the social media network Path and also an investor in Clubhouse, told the New York Times, “This is a big change in the way the social internet works. I believe that Clubhouse is a new chapter and era. ”The publication of TESLA’s CEO Elon Musk and its publication with Vlad Tenev, CEO of Robinhood, which is a stock trading practice for amateur stockbrokers, was very influential. The shares of Agora, the sound technologies firm, have also risen, and even the Clubhouse Media Group shares, which are not related to the Clubhouse application, have also increased thanks to the name similarity.
Clubhouse, which allows users to interact with voice through chat rooms, is among the popular applications lately. Unlike other social media platforms, the Clubhouse application does not share text messages, video calls, posts, or photos. Sound is the primary mode of interaction in the application, which has reached a valuation of approximately $ 1 billion as of December 2020 … This is a new digital space, according to experts. That’s why it quickly became the virtual meeting point for tech entrepreneurs, journalists, activists, and celebrities.
Downloaded by 8 million people in February 2021
Users who create voice rooms only share their audio recordings and the fact that this platform is only entered with an invitation code stands out as two reasons why the platform attracts so much attention. In other words, in chat rooms set up according to the topic, users can participate in the conversation if they get permission from the chat manager, or they can join the conversation only as a listener. In fact, these are things that social media users aren’t so used to. On the one hand, this privileged air excites users.
This argument is supported by data from mobile data and analytics firm App Annie. Accordingly, this much implementation of the platform, which was launched in May 2020, reached 8 million downloads globally as of February 18, 2021 from more than 3.5 million global downloads as of February 1, 2021, and nearly four million downloads last month alone. It is estimated that more than 2.6 million of this occurred in the USA. Applications countries are among the most widely used in Turkey. Turkey, at the beginning of February Appfigures collected data to applications most used by the United States, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom became the fifth country after the number of downloads of close to 125 thousand.
The new social network allows people to join rooms where different topics are discussed as listeners, speakers or moderators. However, while the app is spreading by word of mouth, it still hosts many vulnerabilities and privacy errors. On the other hand, the fact that people are more open and cautious to those they believe to have similar ideas makes it easier for cyber hackers who seek information to use against their victims. This raises the security vulnerability claims. It was claimed that the voice recordings taken from the application were recorded within the framework of the speeches in the social media application and then these voices were transferred to China.
There are already issues with abuse and lack of content control at the Clubhouse. The New York Times also wrote in recent weeks that there have been numerous complaints that the Clubhouse did not do much to protect people from abuse. It is stated on the platform that hate speech, sex discrimination and abuse are not allowed. In fact, it is known that community moderation guidelines were created in October against problems with pre-existing hate speech and abuse.
Others are getting into ‘voice-based networking’
Twitter and Facebook, which do not want to be left behind from the voice-based networking business, have started a study to add features to their platforms that provide voice interaction through chat rooms. Twitter is currently testing a new voice chat room called Spaces, which will be next to its platform and will allow users to set up their voice-only chat room. According to the news in the New York Times, Facebook is also working on a voice chat product that will rival Clubhouse. It seems that the voice-based network application Clubhouse will affect the future of social media.
We also remind you that it was developed by Silicon Valley entrepreneur Paul Davison and former Google employee Rohan Seth and received investment from investment firm Andreessen Horowitz in May.