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Now anyone can join Clubhouse, the pandemic's hottest new social media app

July 21, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Just as many pandemic restrictions in the real-world have lifted, Clubhouse -- the buzzy audio-based social app that was all the rage as people were holed up inside their homes and relied on their phones as a lifeline to the outside world -- is also opening up.

(CNN Business)In the early months of the pandemic, people clamored for an invite to Clubhouse's audio-only app to hear the musings of a who's who of venture capitalists, tech leaders and celebrities.

Now, Clubhouse is opening up to everyone at a time when there are questions about the app's staying power.

Clubhouse, where members join virtual rooms to have live, unscripted discussions, said Wednesday that it will no longer be invite-only or operate a waitlist to join the app.

Clubhouse founders Paul Davison and Rohan Seth said in a January blog post that they planned to "scale . . .

as fast as we can and open it up to everyone soon. " An Android version of the app, launched in May, has surpassed 10 million downloads, the company said Wednesday.

They also said adding people in waves has helped to "grow Clubhouse in a measured way. "

Clubhouse said roughly 500,000 rooms are created on the platform daily, with the average user spending about an hour per day on the app.

Last week, it announced an option to direct message people on the Clubhouse app, called "Backchannel. " Some 90 million messages have been sent, the company said.

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