Remember Clubhouse? It was immensely popular last year, but ever since competitors like Twitter Spaces have been able to support the feature on web for some time now, Clubhouse seems almost obsolete. It also just newly introduced support for web listening, but are people still using the app?
Let’s first just talk about how Clubhouse is only just testing out a “listen-only” feature on the web. The platform has introduced it as “Sharing”, and even made a hilarious quip about them inventing the concept, and that “nobody has thought about it before”. However, this feature is only available if you’re located in the U.S. It’s unclear when the feature will be expanded to more regions.
To “share” your live Clubhouse conversation to web, you would first need the Clubhouse app (iOS, Android) on your device. Press the “share” button in a Clubhouse room, and then “share via” whatever social media platform you want (like Twitter, Facebook, etc). you can also copy the link and share it manually.
“… People now have the option to listen on desktop—no login required,” said Clubhouse.
The introduction of Clubhouse to more platforms could potentially widen the audience and interest in the platform again. But that’s the best-case scenario. The lack of web-based hosting for Clubhouse is still why the platform is running behind Twitter Spaces.
Clubhouse is also usually slow to updates. It only rolled out for Android users in May 2021 after only being available for iOS users when it first launched in February 2021—banking on the “exclusivity” appeal as an invite-only app. If Clubhouse keeps being late to the party, it might even be completely obsolete by the end of the year.