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Clubhouse, a Social media app, is now open for everyone to join and communicate without needing the invite-Link.

The app has exited the beta stage and is now free for anyone to join without needing to be invited.

This means, the usual invite-link for joining Clubhouse has been phased out.

Giving the announcement, Clubhouse’s Co-founders, Paul Davison and Rohan Seth said that the app is no longer invite-only.

The duo recalled “back when Clubhouse was just the two of us, a rough prototype, and a small, wonderful community of beta testers.”

They said “We had been thinking about how to build a new, more human place on the Internet for a while.”

They said they wanted a network “where everyone could stop by to talk, have fun, share in meaningful moments, deepen friendships, hang out and learn.”

Clubhouse, therefore, happily announced saying, “Twelve never-boring months later, we’re thrilled to share that Clubhouse is now out of beta.”

The company added that the app is now “open to everyone, and ready to begin its next chapter.”

Also, Clubhouse announced that it has left the “wonderful community of beta testers.”

It also said that its waitlist and invite system stand phased out.

What it means: 

Clubhouse said with the invite-link no longer needed, anybody can join any conversation in Clubhouse rooms.

This means, the usual invite-link for joining Clubhouse ceases to exist.

“If you have a club, you can post your link far and wide.”

Clubhouse also said that “If you are a creator with an audience, you can bring them all on.”

“If you’re hosting a public event, anyone can attend.”

“You can bring close friends, classmates, family members, coworkers, and anyone else you like — on iOS or Android,” said Clubhouse.

In a blog post too, the company also unveiled a new logo.

Previous Nature of Clubhouse:

Recall that before now, a user has to be invited by another user and via an invite-link before joining Clubhouse.

Also, the invite, usually via a Clubhouse link, was only available to iOS users alone.

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According to Clubhouse, exiting the Beta stage means that “we have removed our waitlist system so that anyone can join.”

The app said it launched for everyone to “stop by to talk, have fun, share in meaningful moments [and] deepen friendships.”

It added that its platform is for people to also “hang out and learn.”

Why Clubhouse phased out the invite-link:

Clubhouse said it phased out the invite-link to grant users more access to its app.

This is coming just few days after it launched its android version.

Recall that Clubhouse was originally only available for iOS. This meant android users could not access the app.

This inaccessibility limited Clubhouse to only few users as only iOS users could enjoy the app.

Notably also, the invite system had been an important part of Clubhouse’s early history.

Nevertheless, the company said it had always wanted its app to be open for everyone and anybody.

It said, “we’ve always wanted Clubhouse to be open.”

This is because Clubhouse also wanted “everyone in the world” to “have access to meaningful conversations.”

To solve this challenge, Clubhouse launched the android version of its app in May, 2021.

The android version granted more access to users, especially android device users who could not use it before.

The launching of the android version resulted in Clubhouse gaining over 10 million new users.

Clubhouse’s growth:

Clubhouse’s growth was hugely hampered because of the limitations that existed because of invite-link.

Also, the iOS version alone affected its growth.

But the company has said in the blog post that it has grown to be huge ever since it launched android version.

It said, “It’s been a  rollercoaster first half of the year, and we’ve emerged much bigger than we were in January.

“Our team has gone from 8 people to 58. The number of daily rooms has grown from 50k to half a million.

“We’ve added 10M people to the community since we launched Android in mid-May, and seen 90M DMs sent since we launched Backchannel last week. The average listener now spends over an hour a day on Clubhouse, and a huge percentage of people don’t just listen, but actually talk. That’s our favorite part of the whole thing.”

Clubhouse also said that its “communities and clubs continue to grow each day.”

It added that the growth is “across the world, in all sorts of surprising ways. It’s incredibly exciting.”

Clubehouse won’t be deterred by challenges and rivals:

Clubhouse has, however, also acknowledged that there will be stiff competition.

It said although it faces and may still face stiff challenges, it would not be deterred.

It said, “We suspect there will be many more ups and downs as we scale, and competition from the large networks will be fierce.

“But we believe the future is created by optimists, and we’re excited to build something new on the Internet — a place based on human connection and lively conversations, where you always feel welcome and free to be yourself.”

“We’ll be growing our team quite a bit as we do this.”

“So if you’re interested in building with us, we’d love to hear from you,” it said.

The New Logo and Website:

Explaining further about her new updates, Clubhouse said it has now gotten a new logo after a year and four months.

The app also revealed that it now has a website developed by its team.

Clubhouse also said that it would be releasing new updates every one to two weeks.

“After 16 months, a company should probably have a logo too, so we finally got one of those, along with a new website that Molly and Aaron designed last week — with the one and only Justin “Meezy” Williams representing the Clubhouse community as our new app icon.”

“The new release is out today on iOS and Android, and we’ll be shipping big.”

Clubhouse introduced the update just one week after it launched its DM product called “Backchannel.”

With that introduction, it saw 10 million messages sent within the first day of launch.

The company revealed that it also saw “more than 90 million messages over the first week.”

Anthony Chinonso Ogbonna is the editor of Techuncode media. He is a seasoned journalist whose stint cuts across broadcast, print and, especially, the online media. A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Anthony holds a Masters Degree in Multimedia Journalism. He aligns his belief with those of world tech communities, holding tenaciously that the world is solely driven and can only be best with tech. Furthermore, Anthony believes that technology is simple, fun and is not what one, especially Africans, should be scared of, hence, his passion for telling compelling stories about tech in ways relatable to the ordinary user. He has his hobbies in reading and designing (new hobby though.)

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