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8 February 2021
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What you need to know about Clubhouse

Every week, Maddyness curates articles from other outlets on a topic that is driving the headlines. This Monday, we look at Clubhouse, the surrounding hype, and what's in store for its future.

What is Clubhouse? The invite-only audio chat app used by Elon Musk

Part talkback radio, part conference call, part Houseparty, Clubhouse is a social networking app based on audio-chat. Users can listen in to conversations, interviews and discussions between interesting people on various topics – it is just like tuning in to a podcast but live and with an added layer of exclusivity. Read the full article via The Guardian.

Next challenge for clubhouse audio app: making its creators Rich too

You can tell when a hot new social-media platform hits a certain level: it starts to worry how its creators will make money. That’s the question now facing Clubhouse, the newly minted Silicon Valley unicorn whose audio-only spaces are attracting 2 million users a month, despite being invite-only. How to help key creators thrive is typically interlaced with how a social-media site itself will make money, as YouTube does by sharing billions of dollars in ad revenues with its millions of influencers. Read the full article via Forbes.

For Black people trying to make it in entertainment, clubhouse is the place to be

Clubhouse, once imagined as a space for C-suite professionals to connect, has only been operating for a short time. And though the app is open to anyone who signs up after receiving an invite, it’s undeniable that it has now become a hub for Black creativity and conversation. Read the full article via Buzzfeed

Agora, the technology provider behind hit audio app Clubhouse, says it does not store user data

Agora, the real-time technology company powering the wildly popular social audio app Clubhouse, does not store user data, says the company’s co-founder. With dual headquarters in Shanghai and Santa Clara, California, Agora has come under the spotlight in recent weeks as the provider of critical back-end, real-time communication services to Clubhouse, the hottest new social app in Silicon Valley since Snapchat. Read the full article via South China Morning Post.

Clubhouse wanted to be different. But bigotry flourished anyway

Clubhouse, the voice-focused application taking the internet by storm, is an app that can sometimes lead to disastrous consequences. Nicolas-Tyrell Scott explains the app’s turbulent history so far via GQ.