Clubhouse, the audio chat app was launched in April 2020 and since then, it required the users to join through invite only. Existing members could invite their friends or family to join, with that system gradually allowing more people into the service. But now in July 2021, it is getting away with this. Anyone can download and sign up for the app- No invite required.
Clubhouse’s invite-only policy has been both good and bad for the budding audio-based platform. On one hand, it allowed the app gradually accommodate its growing userbase and squash any bugs that cropped up, but on the other, it gave similar platforms a head start. Clubhouse has some intense competition. The platform is pitted against the most popular social platforms, all of which already have a huge advantage over Clubhouse: an already-existent userbase.
The company wrote in its blog post, “We’re thrilled to share that Clubhouse is now out of beta, open to everyone, and ready to begin its next chapter. This means we have removed our waitlist system so that anyone can join. If you have a club, you can post your link far and wide. If you are a creator with an audience, you can bring them all on”.
Alongside opening the platform to everyone, Clubhouse is also adding a feature that lets you show support for your country in the Olympics. You can add your country’s flag emoji in your bio and it will show up as a badge on your profile picture when you are in a room.