The clubhouse launches its DM feature Backchannel

Now you can slip into the DM of the People’s Clubhouse. The social voice company is today launching its instant messaging feature, Backchannel, to all users on both iOS and Android devices. So far, users can chat in person, in groups and post links. They can’t send pictures or videos yet, but a spokesman says the functionality is coming along with a few other features. There is also an optional secondary mailbox where message requests reside.

The function is designed to help supervisors talk to each other during an active room; let people stay in touch after the event; and widely promotes text conversations that would otherwise take place in a separate application. We can’t say this development is a big surprise: the Clubhouse accidentally leaked feature in June.

Still, this is a critical development for an app that the company says has now been downloaded more than 8 million times to Android devices with more than 500,000 rooms created daily. Its competitors, in particular Twitter status and Facebook Live room facilities, both allow people to chat via text message while they are running or participating in a voice chat, so Backchannel brings the clubhouse to a better level and ensures that users keep their conversations and more of their social life in app.

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