The Audio App Wars

UPDATE May 3rd: If you have more than 600 follower on here, you now have access to Spaces

UPDATE March 11th: Twitter Spaces is coming soon (I hope)….

Bruh, are you even on Clubhouse?

“Clubhouse is an iPhone app that allows people to host and join audio conversations with other users. Clubhouse is currently invite-only”


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.

I was lucky. You see, I have an iPhone 6 with 12.5.1 OS. Clubhouse app curreclty does not work on that device. So how do I have Clubhouse?

Early last year, before the lockdowns, I borrowed an iPad from the college. Then the lockdown came. I can’t give back the iPad because the campus is still closed (to non-essential workers). I downloaded the app on iPad, registered my phone number, and I worked!

Reserve your unique “@” name.
Clubhouse works on iPad.

Then I was lucky enough to have a wonderful person on Twitter (thanks Adam) give me an invite. Then it was GO GO GO!

I’ve heard conversations about technology, marketing, social media, and comedy. I even listened to an open-house blues music session, with Eric Weinstein and a South Asian sitar player. That was a treat.

Clubhouse is using the Fear of Missing Out™ to gain new downloads. It’s working.

Yesterday, Clubhouse hosted a room with Joe Rogan, Tim Dillon, Lex Fridman, Bret and Eric Weinstein. Like a social media boy-band.

The room was so full, that the developers increased the max room limit from 7000 to 8000 people! That still wasn’t enough, as they also created an ‘overflow’ room for more people to listen.

Naval and Joe were going back and forth about VR. Naval seems like a pedantic tech-nerd who knows-it-all. And Joe seems like a stoner California surfer dude who also knows-it-all. Joe would destroy Naval in a fight. Now THAT is a pay-per-view I would pay to see.

I shared some of the conversation they all had via my Periscope. You can watch it below. I think I’m allowed to do that? Maybe not, as the whole idea of Clubhouse is that the conversations are unique and not recorded. We shall see if the Periscope stream gets taken down.

If you are not on Clubhouse, that’s okay. Twitter and Facebook are making their own audio-group app of their own.

“Watch out, Clubhouse—Twitter Spaces is here”
“Facebook Is Said to Be Building a Product to Compete With Clubhouse”

I have ZERO interest in the new Facebook audio-app competitor. And I have a feeling most social media users will feel the same way.

Twitter is introducing, Spaces. Hopefully soon. They have only released it to a small group of beta testers. But, the other day, some developers of the Spaces feature did a Q&A on Twitter in a Space-Room (is that what they call them, Space-Room? That’s what I’ll call them).

You better believe I will be using Twitter Spaces. Will you be using any of the new audio-only apps? Let us know in the comments below!

PS – I don’t have an Clubhouse invites left 😉

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