Clubhouse is unleashing a paradigm shift in social networks by prioritising conversations over the images and videos that prevail on other platforms. This proposal, thanks to its good acceptance among people, has led to the emergence of other similar alternatives.
Clubhouse was responsible for making it popular to generate online chats on freely chosen topics in freely accessible virtual rooms. A year after its launch to the public, the proposal has become popular in other social spaces on the Internet.
Launched in December, this Twitter function burst onto the scene with the idea of generating a new space for discussion within the microblogging platform. Activity within these voice rooms is stored in a recording that will remain stored for 30 days for moderation purposes. Hosts can download these conversations as a backup and access transcripts if they have this feature enabled.
This instance of voice messaging, gradually rolled out since its first testing period, came along with the ability for users to send spoken tweets of 140 seconds or less.
Instagram and Facebook
Instagram, a social network managed under the ownership of Facebook, implemented a dynamic that is not entirely similar, but which fulfils the same function. It is its Live Rooms, which consist of live broadcasts that can be shared among up to four users. According to reports to date, an audio-only version of the same initiative is known to be in the pipeline.
Facebook also has a project in the pipeline for the creation of a proposal much more similar to Clubhouse, christened internally as “Fireside”, which would eventually be integrated as a section of its main social network.
In addition to the initiatives coming from large Internet companies, other proposals with similar characteristics have burst onto this spectrum, such as Capiche FM, a platform that is emerging as a utility aimed at anyone who wants to start online radio programmes in an interactive way, allowing live conversations to take place.
Another tool that applies to this category is Jam, an open source application that allows you to create voice rooms and manage them under the same logic as other similar options.
Apart from the project Facebook is working on, an independent application is also known under the name of Fireside, which is already being tested. This application is seen as a space where digital content creators, mainly podcasters, can attract listeners and earn money in the process. It is still a fresh approach, but with great potential.
With six years of presence in the medium, this voice messaging platform is the gamer world’s favourite, as it allows conversations to be held comfortably while playing online, even with a stream involved (via Twitch, for example).
Beyond these uses, the application enjoys a versatility that allows it to be used for general communication purposes, as it generates a conversation space adaptable to almost any situation, like a videoconference, but without a camera.
The boom currently has many people’s eyes on Clubhouse. If the proposal appeals to you, but you do not yet have access to an invitation to try the experience directly, you can access more options, provided by other platforms.