FP trendsJuly 15, 2021 20:05:55 IST
Clubhouse, a social voice-only program, has launched an instant messaging feature called Backchannel. The new feature allows users to interact one at a time or in group text format. The rear channel brings more benefits to a voice-only social network where speakers can pre-arrange or coordinate live broadcasts via in-room messages. They can also accept text-based questions.
After my hat? Expensive
My microphone? Flashing
My message? Directly.
After inadvertently leaking their features five times, here’s our dear design team introducing the new Clubhouse Backchannel pic.twitter.com/3bPHeGxQaZ
– Clubhouse (@Clubhouse) July 14, 2021
The premise is simple. Users log in to the clubhouse and see some virtual, live rooms with a list of people participating. Upon entering the room, the voice DM service is turned on and they can hear the conversation.
Backchannel has been officially released after the company accidentally introduced this feature last month for a few users who updated the app on iOS and Android devices.
The back channel allows clubhouse users to post links, but not pictures or videos. It also includes message requests sent by strangers until you accept them. To launch the DM, users can click the paper flight icon on the person’s profile page or swipe right from the main menu.
The clubhouse has grown exponentially in just a year, forcing other social media giants like Facebook, Twitter and Spotify to bring in similar audio products or make strategic acquisitions to stay competitive.
The number of worldwide monthly application installations for the clubhouse had dropped by millions in February this year. However, since its Android release in May, the app now has over 10 million active weekly users.
The growth of Clubhouse’s user base was confirmed by its CEO Paul Davison in May. He said a million new Android users had joined the Clubhouse since it launched on Google’s mobile operating system, adding that “millions of other people are on the waiting list.”