Weds, 11/17
Hey, happy Wednesday! We have some new stuff for you to play with today.
Closed Captioning
We want Clubhouse to be a welcoming place where everyone can enjoy the magic that happens when people get together and talk with one another. Closed Captioning mode within Live rooms makes that possible for more people.
It starts rolling out today with support for English. We’re also releasing Captions in beta for Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, Yue Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Arabic, Russian and Turkish. To enable Closed Captioning, click on the “…” button within a live room and select “Show Captions”. Check it out and please send us any feedback!
Better Discovery for Replays
There’s nothing like experiencing the moment in real time, but replays have helped creators of all types build a catalog of their best rooms for people to enjoy as if they were live, but later. Now we’re also making it easier to find these replays as a user. Yay!
Replays in Search
Replay rooms now show up as a result when you search! If you heard about a great room that you missed, just search for the title, kick back and listen in.
Replay Carousels
We love the hallway because it’s so much more than a feed — at its best, it really feels like walking through the world and seeing all kinds of people around you having wildly diverse conversations. Today, a new crowd is arriving at the party: carousels featuring replays from the best rooms in your network! It’s also really good exercise for your finger to swipe sideways instead of just downwards, scientifically, this is a known fact. Enjoy!
Mon, 11/8
👋 Heads up! We recently updated our ToS, Privacy Policy and Community Guidelines to explain how some of our new features (like Replays) work! By continuing to use Clubhouse, you are acknowledging the new policies and agreeing to abide by them. Thank you!
Hi all – Happy Monday! We have a huge release for you today. Here is what’s new!
Replays!
A Clubhouse room is much more than a live podcast. It’s a shared space where people gather and community happens. Creators take questions from the room. They share links to the things that the group is discussing. New people discover the room from the hallway and join midway through. Friends talk for hours about all sorts of topics, and the final room looks nothing like it did when it started.
When we set out to build Replays, we wanted to create something that captures the magic and energy of a live Clubhouse room, in ways that non-interactive audio streams alone cannot. Today, we’re starting to roll out Replays on both iOS and Android. Think of it as live, but later — and available to everyone.
Replays are an optional feature that creators can choose to toggle on or off for any public room. When Replays are enabled, anyone on Clubhouse can replay the entire experience whenever they like. They’ll get to see the same elements of a live room like Leave Quietly, and watch the dynamic of the stage and audience shift and evolve throughout the discussion, including PTRs, mic taps, and all the special moments that only happen here. Here are some of the special features you’ll find: Pin links to any segment A few weeks ago we launched Pinned Links, which let room mods pin a link to the top of the room, and update them whenever they like to reflect the changing conversation. This lets them play games, shout out their sponsors, link to polls and surveys, share products, host fundraisers, sell tickets to a real-life event, and gain subscribers for their podcasts or newsletters. With Replays, Pinned Links remain fully interactive, so they update throughout the course of the room, allowing creators to share relevant content and realize value long after the room has ended. Skip to the next speaker In other apps you can skip forward 30 seconds if you’d like to speed things up. This is great, but Clubhouse is about people, and sometimes it’s nice to have more control. With Replays, you can skip to the next speaker. This lets you tap through to your favorite people and focus the room on the parts that matter most to you. You can also pause, play, scrub, clip and listen at 1.5x or 2x. See who’s joining With podcasts, it’s hard to know your audience. With Clubhouse, the live experience is defined by the people in the room. There is something special about seeing the friends around you and caring about who is listening. With Replays it’s no different. As a creator, you can see the people in the room, share that experience with them, and connect with them — even if they listened after the fact. If you ever want to hide yourself from the audience, you can do that by tapping the “…”. Download the source file
Room creators will have the ability to download the audio so they can edit it and use it wherever they want — as a podcast, a clip on YouTube, an Instagram story, a TikTok video, an embed in their article or newsletter, or anywhere else. The replay will also be discoverable within Clubhouse — from club pages, speakers’ profiles (unless they choose to hide it), search (starting next week), and more.
Total Attendee Count
A final thing that we’re excited about with Replays is the rollout of Total Attendee Count. You know what’s almost as much fun as saying you had 20 or 200 or 2,000 people in a room at the same time? Being able to share that 20,000 people joined your room over the course of the day! Beginning today, room creators will be able to see (and share) cumulative counts of all the people who came through a room. It’s the first of many new analytics features that we’ll be adding for room creators in the months ahead.
Replays will start going live today on iOS and Android. In the meantime, you may already see a few Replays out in the wild. A special thanks to all the amazing Clubhouse creators who helped us test the feature!
That’s it for now! As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
iOS – Tues, 11/2
Hi all — Happy Tuesday!
👋 Say नमस्ते, Bonjour, こんにちは, Olá, and HELLO…  to our new icon, Anirudh Deshmukh!
As the new month begins, it’s time for us to say a huge thank you to the current face of the Clubhouse community — Mandiie Martinez. And we are excited to welcome Anirudh Deshmukh from Mumbai, India as our newest app icon for November! Anirudh is an architect turned singer, songwriter, composer, and more, and hosts an incredibly popular nightly show from his club “Anirudh”. Welcome Anirudh!
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Wed, Oct 27
Hi all — Happy Wednesday! Today we have a little big feature that we are so excited to share with you…
📌🔗 Introducing Pinned Links! Pinned Links allow you to pin a link to the top of your room. If you’re the room moderator, just tap the “…” menu in the upper right, then tap “Pin a Link.” Any moderator can change or remove the link anytime.
We suspect that people will use Pinned Links in all sorts of fun ways — like playing games, running polls, and sharing links to YouTube videos. Just as importantly, we’re excited to see Pinned Links help room creators drive people to subscribe to their Substack, download their podcast, read their book, go see them at The Laugh Factory, discover their new single, buy their product, or support their Patreon or GoFundMe page. You can learn more on our Pinned Links blog post, or just start a room and try it out! We can’t wait to see how you use it.
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Thu, Oct 14
Hi all — Happy Thursday! Cue the music…
🎶 Today we’re introducing Music Mode, a new setting that helps you sound your best when performing on Clubhouse. Whether you’re workshopping that new song, playing piano, or hosting a jam session with your friends, Clubhouse will optimize for music instead of voice capture and support stereo audio when Music Mode is turned on. You’ll also be able to use professional audio equipment for your performance, like external USB microphones or mixing boards.
To enable Music Mode when you’re on stage, tap the three dots and select “Audio Quality” from the menu. Then choose the “Music” option to start your jam session. For those listening, you can stay in the audience and experience the amazing sound. 🙂
🔎 Search right from the Hallway! We want to make it even easier for you to find that creator that made you laugh, that language club to practice your speaking skills, or a room about that breaking piece of news. To start searching, just scroll to the top of your hallway for the search bar. And bonus – you’ll now be able to wave at your friends directly from Search! 👋
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Wed, Oct 6
👋 Say Hello to our new icon: Mandiie Martinez! As the new month begins, it’s time for us to say a huge thank you to the current face of the Clubhouse community — comedian, philanthropist, and elevator of aspiring creators, Leah Lamarr. Assuming the mantle (starting to get Batman vibes) is multi-hyphenated creator and club organizer-extraordinaire, Mandiie Martinez, who will be the face of Clubhouse for October! Welcome Mandiie! You can more about our new icon on the Clubhouse blog.
🔗 Introducing Clubhouse Links! Many people have told us they prefer private Clubhouse rooms to phone calls or video chat. There’s something nice about seeing people’s photos and knowing who’s talking, without feeling any pressure to turn on your camera. It would be great if you could just grab a private Clubhouse room link and drop it in a calendar invite, like you can with most video chat services. Now you can!
To grab a Clubhouse Link, just tap “+ Room” in the hallway, then tap “Share a room link.” A unique link will get copied to your clipboard so you can text it to a group, drop it in a calendar invite, or add it to an event listing anywhere. The room will be private — open just to the people who have the link — and you’ll get notified when people join.
We hope this feature will make it easier for you to have 1:1s, for moderators to catch up privately before a big conversation, for creators and community organizers to host private events, or for friends to reconnect on a regular basis — for monthly drinks, birthday parties, or virtual watch parties for their favorite games and shows.
Clubhouse Links is rolling out in beta on iOS today, and we’re excited to see how people use it. Please test it out and send us any bug reports!
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Thu, Sep 30
👋 Heads up! We updated our ToS, Privacy Policy and Community Guidelines on Sep 30th to explain how some of our new features (like Clips) work! By continuing to use Clubhouse, you are acknowledging the new policies and agreeing to abide by them. Thank you!
Hi all — Happy Thursday! This week is another big week of shipping, and we have a few features we’re extremely excited to share with you…
✂️ Introducing Clips — share the best moments on Clubhouse! Clips — rolling out today in beta — will allow anyone to share 30-second clips of public rooms on Clubhouse, so more people on the Internet can discover and join your club, and so you can share amazing moments with people far and wide! Here’s how it will work:
When you start a room, you can choose whether you want Clips enabled. They’ll be on by default for open/public rooms and events, and you can toggle them off anytime. They are not currently available for private, social or member-only club rooms.
If you’ve enabled Clips, people will see a new icon (✄), which they can tap anytime to grab a Clip of the past 30 seconds. This lets them share a preview of your room with others, or capture an incredible moment that just happened.
People can share Clips of your show to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, iMessage, or WhatsApp — and even save them to their camera rolls for quick editing first.
We’re beginning to roll out Clips in beta to a small group of creators starting today, so that more of the world can see — and join in — the incredible, human moments being created here each day.
🔎 Universal Search — find the best live rooms and upcoming events! It’s crazy that you can’t search for rooms or events on Clubhouse… Well now you can, because today we’re shipping Universal Search! This will allow you to search for people, clubs, live rooms and future events — so you can find your friends more quickly, discover amazing clubs and events related to any breaking news or obscure interest, and find rooms about specific things happening in the world right now.
Universal Search is rolling out on iOS and Android starting today. For the first week or two it will stay in the Explore tab while we get feedback from the community and continually improve search results. Then we’ll move it to the hallway. 🙂
We are also thrilled to announce that Replays will be coming to Clubhouse in the coming weeks! Replays are an entirely new way for people to experience your rooms. Live… but later. 🙂
Just like with Clips, you’ll be able to choose whether you want Replays enabled when you start a room. If they’re on, your room will be discoverable on Clubhouse for as long as you like — and available for you to download and share anywhere.
Replays make it trivially easy to create great audio content, get discovered by others, and grow your audience over time. There are a lot of details we want to get right here, so we are going to be testing and continuing to develop this feature in the wild for a few more weeks, and plan to roll out access to creators and community members later in the coming weeks.
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Thu, Sep 23
Hi all — Happy Thursday! Today we’re incredibly excited to share something new…
👋 Introducing Wave — an easier way to start conversations with friends on Clubhouse! There are a lot of big rooms on Clubhouse, but in life, it’s often the smaller, more private moments with friends old and new that put smiles on our faces: birthdays, long-overdue catch-ups, watching a movie long-distance, making plans for the weekend, or just hanging out on a Thursday night. To help you create more of these small, special moments, we’re introducing a new feature that we call Wave.
Here’s how it works: When you see your friends roaming the hallways in Clubhouse and want to start a casual conversation, all you have to do is wave at them — by tapping the 👋 Wave button next to their name in the sidebar (that space to the left of the hallway) or on their profile. They’ll get a notification that you said hello, and will know that you’re open to chatting. If they are too, they can join a private room with you — open just to the people you waved at. You can keep it to one social circle, introduce friends from different groups to each other, or open the room up more broadly.
The best part is you can wave at as many friends as you like, and you can do other things while you’re waiting for them to respond. Explore the hallways, find more friends to wave at, or jump into some rooms! The tiny wave bar will come along with you, in case you decide you can’t talk anymore and need to cancel your waves. And if you background the app, we’ll pause your waves so you don’t get pulled into a room without realizing it.
We hope this makes it easier to meet friends of friends and to have more fun, meaningful, small conversations each day. You can read more about Waves at blog.clubhouse.com, or better yet, give it a try!
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Wed, Sep 15
Hi all — Just a quick release today, focused on tools for club creators! Here’s what’s new:
✳️ Better tools to manage your clubs!
Club Admins can now delete club events that were scheduled by other Members. Just open the event from the club page, tap the three dots, and delete the event. Easy!
Club Members will no longer get notifications about every Member-created event. To cut down on unwanted notification, we’ll only send notifications to people who follow the event creator. Events created by a club Admin or Leader will be unaffected.
Club creators can delete their old clubs, right from the app. Just got to the settings menu on your club page!
Oh, and we renamed room “topics” to “titles” — to avoid confusion with the other kind of topics in Clubhouse (e.g., Physics, Traveling, Fashion, etc.). Hopefully that makes things clearer. 🙂
That’s all for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Sun, Aug 29
Hi all — Happy Sunday! We hope you’re having a great weekend. Here’s what’s new in this week’s release:
🔊 Spaaaaatial audio! We always say conversations on Clubhouse are like being at a great dinner or cocktail party — where you hear amazing people all around you, with new people dropping in and out and and interesting ideas coming from all sides. Today we’re excited to announce that we’ve enhanced Clubhouse with a new technology called spatial audio, which helps bring incredible rooms to life even more. With spatial audio, you’ll hear the people around you in 3D, which makes the experience a bit more lifelike and human and makes it easier for your brain to track who is taking, thanks to subtle spatial cues. Spatial audio works best with headphones (wired or otherwise) and will start slowly rolling out as the default experience for all new iOS users starting today, with Android coming soon. If you prefer the old listening experience, you can turn spatial audio off anytime in your settings.
🎉 Easier ways to follow people back. We’re doing a lot of work over the coming weeks to help new users have a great first experience on Clubhouse. As part of that, we’re added a new one-tap “Follow back” activity feed item so you can easily follow back your real-life friends when they join Clubhouse and follow you.
📸 New app icon! Please join us in thanking the one and only Meezy for making our home screens so great in August, and in welcoming the amazing Leah Lamarr (of Hot on the Mic fame) for September! Leah will be gracing your phone screen for the next month. She came on Clubhouse to get over a COVID breakup, started a comedy show, and now she‘s touring all over the US. It’s like a Cinderella story if Cinderella was single and made a lot of inappropriate jokes.
That’s all for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Tues, Aug 17
Hi all — Happy Tuesday! Here’s what’s new in this week’s release:
♣️ We’re making some one-time changes to clubs — to simplify how they work and make them easier for you to manage. We’ve been talking about this for a while at Town Hall and on our blog, so hopefully you know the details, but if not, here is a reminder!
We’re simplifying things by eliminating club “Followers,” so there is a single relationship you can have to a club: “Membership.”
If you’re the Admin of a club, you can choose to make your membership “Open” (meaning anyone can join as a Member) or “By Approval” (meaning you individually approve all Members).
We’re creating a new role called “Leaders” to help club Admins make their clubs successful. Leaders can start rooms and schedule events that all club members can see, but can’t edit club settings, edit the club name, or add/remove members. Admins can choose which trusted club members to designate as Leaders.
When people visit your profile, they’ll see the clubs in which you’re an Admin, Leader, or Member.
We’re committed to making this a smooth transition for all of the club Admins out there, so we put together an FAQ to answer your questions and help you get migrated!
🟢 See who’s online — and start a room with them — directly from the Backchannel. Now you can see a green dot when people you’re chatting with are online, and a new button you can tap to start an audio room with them, without leaving your message threads. This feature is available in both 1:1 and group chats.
📥 Archive messages. This has been one of our most requested features ever since we launched the Backchannel. From your inbox, just swipe left on any message to archive it! This works in both your main Chats tabs and your Requests tab. You can access your archived messages anytime by tapping the “…” at the top of the full-screen inbox view
🔔 Fewer, better notifications. We rolled out some improvements that will result in us sending you 18% fewer notifications, without impacting room visits for creators. This mean 44% fewer notifications than a month ago, with more improvements to come. 🙂
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Sat, Jul 31
Hi all — Happy Saturday! Quick release this week… Here’s what’s new:
🐞 Bug fixes. We’re always fixing issues and making small improvements to the app. Some notable ones this week were (i) fixing a bug in the login screen where some older devices couldn’t tap “Next” to log in, (ii) fixing a bug that made RSVPing to an event on a club page difficult, and (iii) cleaning up some of the language in the “Pause Notifications” settings.
That’s all for this week. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Wed, Jul 21
Hi all — Happy Wednesday! Today is a big day for Clubhouse…
👋 We’re thrilled to share that Clubhouse is now open to everyone! This means we have removed our waitlist system so that anyone can join and you can invite as many people as you want! If you have a club, you can post your link far and wide. 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. Read more on our blog.
📸 We have a new app icon! After a wonderful run with Dandara, we are thrilled to announce that the one and only Justin “Meezy” Williams will be representing the Clubhouse community as our new app icon. As many of you know, Meezy is an entrepreneur, the manager of 21 Savage, and one of the most prominent operators in the Atlanta music scene. His Clubhouse club, The Meez-O Estates, describes itself lovingly as a place to “talk about fun, music, business, & all ratchet activity possible.” The club is often a first stop for new faces on Clubhouse and a staple for musicians and Atlanta cool kids. Since joining the app in September of 2020, Meezy has been prolific — hosting a weekly R&B show, conversations about fatherhood, NBA celebration cookouts, and rooms debating the latest in music streaming tech. You can read more about Meezy on our blog!
💻 We have a logo now! 😅 And a new website! After 16 months, we figured it was time. Check out the new Clubhouse.com that Molly and Aaron designed last week, along with our new blog.
🇺🇸 🇮🇳 🇯🇵 Support your country in the Olympics! We’re Olympics-crazy here at Clubhouse and wanted to help the Clubhouse community show their country pride! Just add your country’s flag emoji anywhere in your bio and during the Olympics it will show up as a badge on your profile photo whenever you’re in a room. If you have multiple flags, we’ll show the one that appears first.
💌 Share great rooms more easily. Now when you’re in a great room that you want to share with your friends — or with your followers on social media — just tap the “+” button at the bottom of the room and you’ll see three easy options to share: send through the share sheet, post on Twitter, or copy the link.
That’s it for now. We’re so excited to welcome everyone to the community… And as always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Wed, Jul 14
👋 Heads up! We updated our Privacy Policy on July 14 to make sure it’s clear how your data is collected and used when you send messages on Clubhouse. By continuing to use Clubhouse, you are acknowledging the new policy. Thank you!
Hi all — Happy Wednesday! Today we’re incredibly excited to share something that we’ve been working hard on for more than a month…
💬 Introducing the Backchannel—the new direct messaging service for Clubhouse! This one has been a long time coming, and we’re so excited to share it with you. Backchannel has both 1:1 and group chat, and an optional second inbox for message requests. This means you can use it to discuss your rooms in real-time, take questions from the audience, say thank you to people, plan your events, or just chat with your Clubhouse friends. This is just a v1 and we’ll be adding more features to Backchannel in the coming weeks, but we can’t wait to hear what you think. You can read more about it here. 🙂
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Sun, June 20
Happy Sunday! 📸 In today’s update, we updated the app icon to feature a new member of our community: Dandara Pagu. Read more about Dandara on our blog.
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Thu, June 17
Hi all—Happy Thursday! As we mentioned at Town Hall, most of our work this month is under the hood, so just a few user-facing features to share today. Here is what’s new!
🏠 Easier club creation. When we launched clubs, we wanted to make sure the first ones you saw were really high quality, so we only allowed a small group of people to create clubs. Since then, clubs have taken off and have become a very important part of Clubhouse, and with this release, we’re making it easier for more people to create them. Now anyone who has been on Clubhouse for a few days, has a handful of followers, and has tried speaking a few times will be able to start one. 🙂 We’re excited to welcome a whole wave of new clubs to the mix!
⚙️ Better controls for notifications. We’re working hard to make sure you only get notifications that are timely and relevant, and we’ve added some new settings in this release to help with this. Now you can control which types of notifications you receive and tell us to “Send Fewer Notifications” with one tap. To control your notifications, go to your profile and tap the ⚙️ at the top right.
🗣 Screen reader support for “Online” status in the sidebar. This one comes courtesy of a Town Hall suggestion. Thanks to everyone who flagged it!
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Mon, May 31
Hi all—Happy Monday! Here is what’s new in today’s release…
Discover people, clubs, events, and topics you might like—directly from the Hallway! Improving discovery is a huge area of focus for us right now. As part of this effort, we’re making it easier to find great people, events, clubs, and topics—with suggestions right in the Hallway. Please note that we’ll be rolling this out slowly to ensure that the suggestions we provide are good ones, so not everyone will see the feature right away.
Easier sharing from the Calendar. Now when you discover a great event in Calendar, just tap the bell 🔔 to RSVP. When you do, you’ll see a few handy ways to let your friends know about the event—or add it to your calendar to help you remember it.
RSVP for events directly from the club page. Want to make sure you don’t miss events from your favorite clubs? Now you can RSVP to events right from the club page. Just go to the club page and tap the bell 🔔 next to events you don’t want to miss! This will ensure you get a reliable notification when the event starts, add it to the mini-calendar at the top of your Hallway, and help others on Clubhouse discover the event too.
Long press (instead of swipe) to hide a room from the Hallway. Previously when you saw a room in the Hallway that you didn’t like, you could swipe it away. In this release, we’ve changed that swipe to a “long press” to make room for people/club/event/topic suggestions in the Hallway, as well as a few future features. Now when you see a room in the Hallway that you don’t want to see, tap and hold on the room, and then tap “Hide Room.” This will hide the room from your Hallway and lets us know you’d like to see fewer rooms like this in the future.
Bug fixes! Exciting, we know! We’re always improving the app in small ways by fixing bugs and improving reliability. One notable fix this week was improving the experience of scrolling through Calendar. Now it’s buttery-smooth. We hope you’ll enjoy discovering events a little bit more this week as a result. 🙂
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Thu, May 20
Hi all—Happy Thursday! Here is what’s new in today’s release…
Payment history! Now when you visit the Payments section in your in-app settings you can see a history showing every payment you have received.
Send a custom thank you message for payments received. When you see that someone has paid you in your payment history, you can tap the “Send Thanks” button to send them a quick thanks! Feel free to use the default message, or customize it however you like.
View people you’ve recently listened to. Ever hear a great speaker and want to find them later, but can’t? Now when you tap the 🔍 icon in your hallway, you’ll see a new “Recently Listened To” icon at the top right of the screen. Tap on it to see all the speakers from your recent rooms. It includes all rooms from the past 10 days where you spent at least 2 minutes.
@ mentions in bios. Oftentimes people like to mention collaborators, friends, or partners in their bios. Now when you do that, it will automatically link to their Clubhouse profile. You can use it to share lists of your favorite people, to promote your friends’ upcoming events, or to help others on Clubhouse discover great creators for any topic. [Note: We got some feedback that the tap targets here could use a little tuning, so we’re working to improve that for a future release.]
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Sun, May 9
👋 Heads up! We updated our Privacy Policy on May 9 to make it easier for people to read and understand. Nothing has changed in terms of what we do, but hopefully you’ll find it to be a bit clearer. By continuing to use Clubhouse, you are acknowledging the new policy. Thank you!
Hi all—Hope you are having a good weekend! Nothing much new for you today… except…
WE’RE STARTING THE ANDROID ROLLOUT!!! Holy cow!
You can tap the envelope icon in the hallway to begin inviting your Android friends now, and we’ll notify them as soon as the beta has rolled out to their region! If you’re interested in all the details, we wrote a short post about it below—also available on the Clubhouse blog.
Please join us in welcoming the billions of amazing Android users around the world to the Clubhouse community. Clubhouse feels much more complete now, and we could not be more thrilled. 🙂 *** 🤖 Welcome Android Users!
It has been a little over a year since we set out to build a new type of network—a more human place on the Internet based on voice, where people from all corners of the world could come together to talk, listen, hang out, share, debate, learn from each other, deepen friendships, meet new people, and experience unforgettable moments together.
We’ve always taken a measured approach to growth, keeping the team small, building in public, and getting feedback from the community along the way. When you scale communities too quickly, things can break. So we started Clubhouse on a single platform and have expanded gradually through an invite model.
Earlier this year, Clubhouse started growing very quickly, as people all over the world began inviting their friends faster than we had ever expected. This had its downsides, as the load stressed our systems—causing widespread server outages and notification failures, and surpassing the limits of our early discovery algorithms. It made us shift our focus to hiring, fixing, and company building, rather than the community meetups and product features that we normally like to focus on. It was an important time of investment, which we think will help us serve the community much better in the long run.
The good thing about this period is that it has shown us how universal voice is as a medium. The same types of rooms that we saw forming last year in the U.S. quickly started forming in Japan, Brazil, and Nigeria. Farmers in rural Georgia have been making friends with entrepreneurs in Tanzania. Film clubs have formed in India. We’ve seen German debate rooms, Italian singalongs, and Middle Eastern quiz shows. We’ve seen firsthand what we’ve always believed—that the need to gather with other humans is universal. Throughout this period, we have felt the need to be cross-platform more strongly than ever.
Today, we are thrilled to share that Clubhouse for Android will start rolling out in beta immediately. We will begin gradually, with the U.S. today, followed by other English-speaking countries and then the rest of the world. Our plan over the next few weeks is to collect feedback from the community, fix any issues we see and work to add a few final features like payments and club creation before rolling it out more broadly. If you are an Android user, you can download Clubhouse for Android and sign up now to be alerted once it’s available in your area, and read the FAQ here.
As a part of the effort to keep the growth measured, we will be continuing the waitlist and invite system, ensuring that each new community member can bring along a few close friends. As we head into the summer and continue to scale out the backend, we plan to begin opening up even further, welcoming millions more people in from the iOS waitlist, expanding language support, and adding more accessibility features, so that people worldwide can experience Clubhouse in a way that feels native to them.
With Android, we believe that Clubhouse will feel more complete. We are so grateful to all of the Android users out there for their patience. Whether you are a creator, a club organizer, or someone who just wants to explore, we are so excited to welcome you to the community. 🙂
– Paul, Rohan, and the Clubhouse team
Fri, May 7
Hi all—Happy Friday! Here is what’s new in today’s release:
RSVP for events—with the new bell! We’ve added a proper way to RSVP for an individual event, by tapping the new bell icon! 🔔 When you tap the bell on an event, you’ll receive a special, reliable notification when the event starts, so that you don’t miss it. It will also allow us to better recommend events across Clubhouse, because we can tell you when friends (or people interested in similar topics) have RSVPd to an upcoming event. With this change, we’ll be rolling out some improvements to the Calendar view so that we can start showing you fewer, higher quality suggestions based on these RSVPs. We’ll also be updating the “Today on Clubhouse” preview at the top of your hallway to focus on the events you’ve RSVPd for. We think in the long-term this change will help drive more awareness of great, relevant events across Clubhouse, but we also know that it’s a change, and that some of you might like to see the old set of events in your Today view, so please let us know what you think! As always, we’ll try to tune the product quickly based on your feedback.
See (and RSVP for) upcoming events, straight from someone’s profile! Now when someone is hosting an upcoming conversation, you’ll see it listed directly on their profile. If it looks interesting, tap the bell to RSVP for it!
Improvements to VoiceOver. We’ve fixed the hallway problems that some VoiceOver users were experiencing, improve how we tag social rooms, and improved the formatting of the accessibility label. Apologies to anyone who had issues here, and a huge thanks to everyone for who helped us with these changes.
Lots of small improvements and bug fixes. We’ve also updated some of the links in the app to point to clubhouse.com (instead of joinclubhouse.com 🎉!), added the ability to swipe away the “Follow this club?” prompt, fixed the bug where that prompt was appearing multiple times when you minimized the room, fixed some scrolling issues and crashes, and done a bunch of work under the hood.
That’s it for now. We hope you have a great weekend, and as always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Sun, May 2
Hi all—hope your week is off to a good start! We have a quick release for you today with a lot of small changes to improve things under the hood. Here are a couple features you might notice…
Better prompts to follow your club. When you host a room and people are enjoying it, they’ll probably want to follow your club so that they can get notified when you host a new room. To make this easier, we’ve added a prompt that shows up when new people pop into your room and stick around for a few minutes. We hope this helps more people get connected, without hosts having to remind people. 🙂
Android BETA testing beginning. Android is not yet live, but we started rolling a rough beta version out to a handful of friendly testers. If you hear someone saying they are using Clubhouse on the official Android app, please give them a warm welcome! We cannot wait to welcome more Android users to Clubhouse over the coming weeks. 🙂 🎉
More plumbing for improved discovery, notification quality and abuse prevention. Like last week, we’ve added more plumbing to help make your follow/room/club suggestions and notifications better and better over the coming weeks and months. We’ve also added more tooling to help continuously improve trust & safety.
Improvements to VoiceOver accessibility support. We made it way easier to find out who is speaking for our VoiceOver users. Use the “Magic Tap” gesture (double-tap with two fingers) any time within the room and the system will announce who is currently speaking.
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Thu, April 29
Hi all—Just a quick update to fix some bugs you reported in the last release… Thank you for your help in finding these, and apologies for not detecting them sooner!
Fixed the “Add members” screen on club pages so you can see your recent followers and invite them to join your club
Fixed search in “Add members” to only search your followers
Fixed “Add members” so that the list only shows the “Invite” button for people who have not yet been invited, rather than for everyone
Fixed adding club admins so that you don’t accidentally remove them
Fixed the club invite link, so you can invite people to your club, even when there is no event scheduled
Hide the “Follow” button on the club page for users you have blocked
Fixed the crash that sometimes occurred when updating the club photo, then cancelling out
Fixed the visibility setting for events so that they now default to public if your club allows followers
Fixed the country code for 🇨🇼 Curaçao
For the full set of features that went out this week, please see the “Sun, April 25” notes below.
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Sun, April 25
Hi all—Here is what’s new in today’s release…
Have a club? Bring in your audience! Now when you schedule an event, you’ll get a link loaded with invites that you can share externally with your friends, coworkers or followers. If they’re not yet on Clubhouse, they’ll be able to skip the waitlist, attend your event and automatically join your club!
View upcoming events on club pages. Now when someone views your club page, they’ll see any upcoming events your club is hosting listed right at the top.
View combined follower counts on club pages. Previously, club pages only showed member counts, which didn’t tell the whole picture if your club has a lot of followers. To help with that we now show a combined reach count at the top, which includes both members and followers.
Higher quality audio. Last month we added the ability to adjust the quality of your audio, so that people could hear you in high def. With this release we’re upping the default audio quality so everyone sounds better. If you want to crank the quality up even more, just tap the “…” when you’re speaking and select Audio Quality → High.
📞 “On a call” indicator. Have you ever been on stage with someone and their audio mysteriously cuts out? This might have been because they received an incoming phone call mid-sentence. Now if that happens, you’ll see a small badge on their profile photo, indicating that they are on a call.
Language-specific club suggestions. Previously when you browsed the topic directory, the suggestions you saw didn’t take language into account, so people around the world were seeing a whole lot of English clubs. Now they are language-specific, so hopefully they will be far more relevant to everyone.
Lots of plumbing for improved discovery, search quality, notification quality and abuse prevention. Most of the work we have been doing these past few weeks has been under the hood. We’ve added a ton of plumbing to help make the follow suggestions, clubs, rooms, search results and notifications you receive better and better over the coming weeks and months. We’ve also added a lot of tooling to help continuously improve trust & safety.
Finally, we are excited to welcome Drue Kataoka as the latest Clubhouse app icon! Born in Tokyo and raised on the West Coast, Drue is an artist-technologist-activist who uses her platforms to organize events, campaigns, conversations, and representative art that raises awareness of critical contemporary societal issues—from hate and violence toward the Asian American community, to racial justice and women’s rights, to infant mortality and international activism. Since joining Clubhouse last June, Drue has brought her passion for art and activism to Clubhouse—founding The Art Club, spearheading several philanthropic initiatives and leading thoughtful conversations including #24HoursofLove and a #StopAsianHate campaign, which has raised nearly $85,000 for Asian-American Federation.
Going forward, we’re planning to do more frequent releases so that we can have more fun updates for you every week.
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Mon, April 5
👋 Heads up! Our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy changed on April 5 to explain how payments work on Clubhouse. Please take a minute to review the changes. By continuing to use Clubhouse, you are agreeing to the new terms. Thank you!
Hi all—hope you are having a good one! We have a pretty big release for you today. Here is what’s new!
💰 Payments! (beta). From the earliest days of Clubhouse, a guiding principle has been to build a platform that puts the creator first. Our aim is to help creators build community, audience and impact. And as Clubhouse continues to scale, it’s important to us to align our business model with that of the creators—helping them make money and thrive on the platform.
Today, we’re thrilled to begin rolling out Payments—our first monetization feature for creators on Clubhouse. All users will be able to send payments today, and we’ll be rolling out the ability to receive payments in waves, starting with a small test group today. Our hope is to collect feedback, fine-tune the feature, and roll it out to everyone soon.
To send a payment, just go to the profile of a creator (who has the feature enabled), tap “Send Money,” then enter the amount you would like to send them. The first time you do this, you’ll be asked to register a credit or debit card. 100% of the payment will go to the creator. The person sending the money will also be charged a small card processing fee, which will go directly to our payment processing partner, Stripe. Clubhouse will take nothing. This will be the first of many features that allow creators and to get paid directly on Clubhouse. We are excited to see how people use it, and to continue working hard to help creators grow and thrive. 🙂
A better Activity Feed. Certain types of notifications require a response, and if you don’t clear them they can pile up at the top of your feed, pushing all of the other notifications down. Gary told us he has 248 of them 🤯, and other people have a ton too! To fix this, we added an overflow tray for these types of notifications, so you’ll only see the most recent 3 and can tap through to view the rest.
Plus lots of work under the hood, so we can keep making your feed more relevant, improving what notifications you receive, and continuously improve both trust & safety and support.
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Fri, Mar 12
Hi all—hope you are having a good day! Here is what’s new in today’s release…
Share a link to your profile. Now you can grab a link to your Clubhouse profile so that people off Clubhouse can find and follow you—whether you’re Denise, Tina, Leah or another amazing creator. 🙂 To get your link, just tap the new “Share” icon on your profile!
Share a link to your club. You can also grab a link to a club, like Watch Her Work, Hot on The Mic, or We The Future! Just tap the “…” on the club page, then tap “Share a link.”
Language filtering. Clubhouse is growing, and we now have rooms in many different languages. This is fantastic, but we also want to make sure we’re not showing you too many rooms in languages you don’t understand! Now Clubhouse will try to learn what language rooms you tend to join, and will try to show you more of those.
Nominations from clubs (instead of users). Now when you invite someone off Clubhouse to join your club, the nomination badge on their profile will display the name of your club, rather than the name of any one person. We hope this will help more people discover your club (each time they visit one of your invitees’ profiles), and help you feel more comfortable building out your member base.
Invite via phone number. Have someone you want to invite, but don’t have them in your contacts? Now you can invite them by typing in their phone number.
More trust & safety improvements. We added a bunch of new tooling under the hood to detect abuse, renamed the “Report for trolling” button (to “Report for disrupting conversation,” since “trolling” is a bit vague), and added the ability to deactivate your account directly from the app.
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Fri, Mar 5
Hi all—Hope you are doing well! After a few weeks of investing in scaling infrastructure, we’re excited to pick up the pace of client features. Here’s what new in today’s release…
Create a club directly in the app! Have an idea for a recurring show you’d like to host, a community you want to start, or a private group you’d like to bring together? Now you can create a club for it directly in the app! Just go to your profile, scroll to the end of your list of clubs, and tap the “+” button. Please note that for now, you won’t be able to start a club until you’ve spoken a few times and generally been active in the community… but most people should be eligible, and we’ll be opening it up more broadly soon! Also, if you submitted a club request previously we’ll be shooting you an email to let you know you can now create it in the app, along with your club title and description so you don’t have to retype those. 🙂
Switch to higher quality audio [beta]. Now when you’re speaking in a room you can tap the “…” button to change the quality of the audio that others hear when you speak. If you’re performing a song, you can switch Audio Quality to High so others can hear you in your full glory 🙂 …and if you’re somewhere with bad service, you can switch it to Low to keep your audio from cutting out. By default, it will be set to Standard.
Fix for cross-border invites. We fixed an issues where the country codes were getting confused when you tried to invite friends who live in other countries. If you think your invites might have been affected, feel free to go to the invite screen, view your Pending invites, and try sending them again. Sorry for the troubles there!
Improvements to accessibility / VoiceOver. We tuned the way our VoiceOver feature works, adding better support for things like in-app toasts and speaker invitations. Special thanks to The 15% club for the help on this!
Improvements to troll reporting. We make some adjustments to how reporting works for trolling to better investigate incidents and reduce false positives.
Simpler calendar options. We removed the option to see “All Events,” since this view was getting out of hand. 😅
Better follow suggestions for international users. Now when you sign up from a non-U.S. location, you’ll get better follow suggestions, so you can more easily connect with people who speak the local language.
Next up: We’re working on some more features that we’re hoping to push out later this week! That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Mon, Feb 8
Hi all—Hope your week is off to a good start! It has been unbelievable to meet so many amazing new people joining from China, Brazil, Italy, Taiwan, Turkey, Hong Kong, and all over the world this past week! As we mentioned at Town Hall we’ve been very focused on scaling lately, but we managed to sneak in a few features for you. Here is what’s new!
“Share” link in rooms. Ever find yourself in a great room and want to share it with your followers, send it to friends, or post it to a group? Now when you tap the ping [“+”] button at the bottom of a room, you’ll see an option to share a link. Tapping it will open the share sheet, so you can post a link to the room anywhere you like. We’ve also fixed that deep linking bug we had, so when someone taps through, it will reliably take them straight to the room.
Accessibility improvements. Clubhouse now has improved VoiceOver support, so you can use the native iOS screen reader to navigate through the app. We’ve worked hard to support all of the core flows, but please send us a note if you have suggestions or notice anything we’ve missed!
Search for someone within a room. A while back we added a way for speakers to search for a specific person within a room, by tapping the “…” at the top right. Now audience members can do it too!
Report someone who left the room. Clubhouse has a zero tolerance policy for trolling, so if you ever see someone being disruptive, we want to make sure you can report them. To help with this, we’ve added a feature so that you can view (and report) someone who recently left the stage—even if you’re in the audience. Just tap the “…” in the upper right. If you’re a moderator, we’ve also added a button to the profile half-sheet so that you can quickly report them from there.
Bug fixes and performance improvements. We’ve fixed some crashes, worked to improve stability as we scale, and updated the UI to make it clearer that people you’ve blocked won’t see rooms where you’re speaking or be notified when you go live.
New app icon! After a legendary run, we’re saying a fond farewell to the great Bomani X, and welcoming in our next community member icon—the one and only Axel Mansoor! As many of you know, Axel is an incredible musician who has been nominated for an Emmy and hosted hologram concerts… but most importantly, he has been singing the world to sleep every night at 9pm PT on Clubhouse, as host of the Lullaby Club—all the way from Mauritius! Having grown up in four countries (Belgium, Zimbabwe, Mauritius and USA), Axel is a self-proclaimed 3rd culture kid and big advocate of self-love, mental wealth and Vietnamese noodle soups. We are so grateful to have him be part of the Clubhouse community, and so excited for him to grace all of our home screens until the next major release! 🙂
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Thu, Jan 21
Hi all—Hope your week is going well! It’s been amazing to see so many people join from all over the world this past week, in places like 🇳🇬 Nigeria, 🇩🇪 Germany, 🇮🇳 India, 🇦🇹 Austria, 🇨🇭 Switzerland and 🇦🇺Australia! We’ve also seen hundreds of new verticals taking off, including travel (shout-out to GLT!), hospitality, biotech, real estate, and so many others. 🙂 This week we’ve been mostly focused on improving our algorithms to make follow suggestions, club suggestions and feed ranking more relevant for you. You can expect to see the first wave of improvements over the coming days/weeks, and to notice your suggestions getting better and better over the coming months.
We also added a few user-facing features that we hope you’re like…
Hide rooms you don’t want to see! Ever see a room in your feed that you’re not interested in, and wish you could swipe it away? Now you can! Just swipe left-to-right to hide it. Over time, we’ll try to understand which types of rooms you tend to hide and use this to show your more relevant conversations.
Hand raise queue options. Sometimes when you’re taking questions you want it to be wide open, but other times you might want to prioritize questions from your community. Now if you want to do the latter, you can limit the hand raise queue to (i) members of your club or (ii) people that the speakers follow. Thanks Jenny (and others) for the suggestion!
Fewer toasts when people raise hands. As Clubhouse grows and rooms continue to get larger, it can be distracting to get a green toast every time someone raises their hand. Now if there are at least 3 people in the hand raise queue, you’ll only get a toast if someone you follow raises their hand. To see when new people have raised their hands, just check out the badge count on the hand raise queue.
Bug fixes. As usual, we also fixed some bugs and tightened up things a bit. 🙂
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Thu, Jan 14
Hi all—Hope your week is going well! Just a quick release today, as we’ve been focused on more scaling work under the hood, as well as some internal tools to make support more efficient! Here is what’s new…
Faster loading times ⚡️ We’ve been doing a lot of performance work under the hood to ensure the app continues to work as we scale. Hopefully you notice screens loading faster and things feeling a bit snappier overall.
Faster club setup. We did a lot of work this week to bulk up our support tooling and infrastructure. If you were waiting for your club to be approved, thank you for your patience! It should be set up now, and new club requests should get processed much faster going forward.
Remove your Creator Name (one-time). Last month we added the ability for public figures who are known by a creator alias to add that field to their profiles. If you did this and then changed your mind, you can now remove it. Please note that this is a one-time change, so if you go from “ThunderWarrior” back to “Steph,” you will forever be Steph!
Long press to remove a troll. Clubhouse has a zero-tolerance policy for trolling. If anyone intentionally disrupts your conversation, they are permanently removed from Clubhouse. In this release we made it easier for anyone to quickly report a troll by tapping and holding on their profile photo. Hopefully this is never needed, but if it is, we want you to know it’s there…
Bug fixes. We also fixed a lot of bugs and tightened up things overall.
Next up: a whole released focused on follow suggestions, feed relevance and discovery. We are excited for this one… That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Wed, Jan 6
Hi all—We hope your new year is off to a good start, and that things in the U.S. return to a better place soon. 🇺🇸 Just a quick release for you today, as we have continued to focus our efforts on optimizing performance as we scale. Here is what’s new…
“People interested in [X] follow…” Last week we launched the topic directory, which features a list of clubs you might want to follow if you are interested in a specific topic—like 🐣 Pregnancy, 🧲 Physics, 🙊 Comedy, 🏈 Football, 🌦 Climate, 📚 Books, 🤯 Burning Man, 🏡 Real Estate, 🇫🇷 French, 🧠 AI and more. Starting today, we’ll be adding people suggestions to the topic directory too. We’re starting off with some very basic suggestions, based on the following format: “People who are interested in [🍣 Food & Drink] tend to follow [these people].” This doesn’t necessarily mean that the people suggested will be experts at that topic, or even interested in it… but directionally, we hope it’s helpful. Our goal it to continuously refine the algorithms and collect more of your input so that these suggestions get smarter and more personalized every day. Please note that the people suggestions should start rolling out later today. As a reminder, the topic directory lives in the upper left of your home screen (where the “Find people to follow” button used to be). Just tap the “🔍” button.
Smarter prompts. Now when you plug in a mic / headphones, we won’t ask you if you want to switch to Music Mode unless you are a speaker. (Thanks Warren for suggesting) Also, we’ve tuned the new room toasts that show up when you’re a speaker, and we now give you a heads up before you hand over moderator powers to people you don’t follow.
Policy changes to improve feed quality. We’ve updated our Community Guidelines to prohibit (i) fake blue check marks and (ii) “follow for follow” rooms. The latter were taking over many people’s feeds and hurting the quality of people’s follow suggestions, so we decided to make this change to help protect the user experience. We’ll keep launching new features like the topic directory to ensure that great creators can grow their audience organically, and that Clubhouse remains an authentic space for meaningful connections and conversations.
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse. 🙏🏽
Thu, Dec 31
Hi all—🍾 Happy New Year! Here is what’s new in today’s release…
Topic directory! We are thrilled to introduce “topics” as a new way to discover people and clubs that you might want to follow on Clubhouse. We’re initially launching with around 150 topics, related to things like 🐣 Pregnancy, 🧲 Physics, 🙊 Comedy, 🏈 Football, 🌦 Climate, 📚 Books, 🤯 Burning Man, 🏡 Real Estate, 🇫🇷 French, 🧠 AI and more. We know that the topics we are starting with are just a small sampling of what should be there—especially around things like Location and Identity—so please know that more are coming, and send us your suggestions for topics you’d like us to add! The new topic directory lives in the upper left of your home screen (where the “Find people to follow” button used to be). Just tap the “🔍“, select a category and topic, and then explore clubs that you might want to follow.
Today, the recommendations will be fairly basic, but you can expect them to get much smarter and more personalized over time. Also, please note that you’ll only see club recommendations to start, but we plan to add people recommendations for each topic shortly—hopefully sometime in the coming days!
Add your interests. In this release, we’ve also added a way for you to specify what topics you’re interested in. This is completely optional, but if you choose to add some, it will help us show you better suggestions over time. To add yours, just tap the notification in your activity feed, or go to your profile, tap the setting icon, and select “Interests.” You can add as many as you want and edit them anytime. Note that your interests (i) are private to you and (ii) don’t affect whether you show up in follow suggestions.
Search for clubs. From the new “🔍” view, you can now search for clubs too! Just enter the name of the club and then toggle the results from “People” to “Clubs.”
Search for people within a room. Sometimes when there are a lot of people in your room it can be hard to a specific person in the audience that you’d like to invite up. Now if you’re a moderator, you can tap the “…” and search for someone in the audience.
We also continued to optimize performance and fixed a bunch of bugs, including the one that sometimes granted mod privileges to everyone in a Social Room. Thanks to everyone in the “Welcome Maddie” room for helping us figure this last one out. 🙂
That’s it for now. Happy New Year again, and as always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Tue, Dec 22
Hi all—Happy holidays! This release is focused on more moderation tools, a new topic graph, and a few other features we hope you’ll find helpful. Here are the details…
Moderation tools
We heard a couple reports of intentional trolling late last week, which has no place on Clubhouse, so we build some new tools over the weekend to help prevent that:
Quickly view someone’s profile before inviting them on stage. Oftentimes when you’re deciding whether to invite someone up on stage, it’s useful to view their profile first. It used to be that you had to tap directly on their photo to do this, which wasn’t very discoverable. Now you can get there by tapping anywhere on their photo, name or bio.
Report a speaker after they have left the room. If you’re a moderator in a room, you can now tap the “…” at the top of the screen to view a list of recent speakers. This will allow you to quickly report a disruptive speaker, even if they have already left the room.
Smarter blocking and reporting prompts. Now when you remove someone from the room, we’ll ask you if you also want to block and report them. We hope this will help keep the Clubhouse community safe, without slowing you down.
One strike policy for trolling. We’re explicitly making a “one strike” policy for intentional trolling, so anyone who comes to disrupt your talk will be removed from Clubhouse completely.
Automatic suspension of certain flagged accounts. If someone gets reported enough times for trolling within a given period, we’ll automatically suspend the account while we conduct the investigation. This should help prevent anyone who intends to disrupt from doing it repeatedly in multiple rooms. (Please note that filing false reports in order to get someone’s account flagged is also a violation of the Community Guidelines and will result in suspension.)
In an upcoming release, we’ll also be adding more metadata to the hand raise queue to help you decide who to call up — including how long each person has been a member/follower of your club and more. Special thanks to Jenny for suggesting this!
We hope that you find these changes helpful!
Topics
In addition to the moderation features, this release introduces Topics! Topics are going to be a new way to discover people and clubs that you might want to follow—related to things like 🎧 Music, 🏀 Basketball, 🍣 Food & Drink, 🌏 Geopolitics, 🏛 Stocks, 🧬 Biology, 🐇 Crypto, 🇧🇷 Portuguese and more!
We’re rolling this out slowly, and in today’s release topics will only be visible to club founders, so that we can start to categorize them for our Topic Directory. If you are a club founder, you can go to your club page, tap “Add Club Topics…” , and select up to 3 topics that describe your club. Then in the next release, we plan to roll out a basic Topic Directory so that others can discover personalized suggestions for people and clubs to follow, based in part on this data.
Given the huge variety of conversations that take place in Clubhouse, there are definitely going to be topics that we are missing! This is especially true for things like Places, Languages, and Identity, where we’ve started with just a handful of the more commons ones we see on Clubhouse. If you have a topic that you’d like to add, please email us to suggest a new one! Like all things on Clubhouse, topics will evolve a lot based on your feedback. 🙂
Finally, we’ve added a few other features that we hope you’ll like:
Choose your skin tone in the “✌️ Leave Quietly” button. In the early days of Clubhouse we added the ability to customize your skin tone when you raised your hand (by tapping and holding on the hand raise button). In this release, we’ve made a fix so that the “✌️” in the “Leave Quietly” button will also remember your personalized setting.
See your pending invites. Previously it was hard to see who you had already invited to Clubhouse or resend them the link if they were having trouble finding it. Now there is a dedicated link to this in your invite screen, so it’s easy for you to do this.
Next up: The Topic Directory, club search, and the beginnings of some new tools to help Clubhouse creators host great shows and grow their audiences over time. A huge thanks to the members of our early creator pilot program for their feedback on this!
That’s it for now. We hope that you are having a wonderful holiday season! As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Thu, Dec 17
Hi all—Hope you are having a good week! Here is what’s new in today’s release:
More performance improvements. We’ve continued to invest heavily in performance improvements this past week. Most of this is under the hood and hopefully invisible to you, as the rooms will continue to just work as they get bigger.
🎶 Music Mode! There are so many amazing people on Clubhouse who are signing, playing guitar and hosting performances these days, so we added a new mode to better support them. Now when you plug in a mic you’ll see an option to switch to “Music Mode,” where the audio is optimized specifically for musical performances. Once you unplug, it will automatically switch back to Talking Mode so that others can hear you talk about the great performance you just gave. 🙂
Newline support in bios. Previously if you wanted to add newlines in your bio you would have to cut and paste from a text editor. Now you can do it directly in the app.
Heads up about screen recording. Clubhouse is designed to be a place where you can have meaningful conversations, just with the people in the room. Because of this, recording or sharing conversations without the speakers’ explicit permission is against the Community Guidelines, and can lead to your account being suspended or removed. To help ensure that everyone knows this we added a warning toast that shows up to people if they ever try to screen record a conversation.
Shared block list improvements. A couple months we introduced shared block lists to let you know when multiple people you follow have blocked someone, in case that information helps you decide whether to follow them or bring them up on stage. In this release we tuned the feature so that we don’t show it to you people you have already followed. Thanks Mike for suggesting! (Note that if you ever unfollow someone and then re-follow them, they won’t get notified.)
Cleaner names. In order to help with search and tighten the design up a bit, we removed support for certain special ©ℌ⍲®©⍑🅴℞🅢. We will introduce more fun ways to be creative in the future, so apologies if this affects you!
Bug fixes. We fixed the issue that was causing certain photos to upload upside down, as well as a number of crashes. We also disabled the “shake to report” feature for now, so if you see a bug or an incident to report, please report it from your profile→settings, or by tapping the three dots on the speaker’s profile from within the room, respectively. 🙂
The next couple releases will focus on ways to help you find clubs and people by topic…
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Wed, Dec 9
Hi all—Happy Wednesday! Here is what’s new in today’s release:
Lots of performance improvements. This has been our main focus this past week, so we can make sure you don’t see error messages as the user base continues to grow. We rewrote the room view, optimized a bunch of things, and added a new notification type to let you know if we are ever doing scheduled maintenance or upgrades.
Quickly view your club followers. If you are the founder of a club, you can now quickly view your followers (and if you like, invite them to become members so they can join any members-only discussions you host).
Charters limit to room and event names. Before we didn’t have a character limit on room or event names. This meant that you could write really long names, which looked really funny in the feed. Like one time Minh wrote a super long room title. And then the Game Room club wrote an even longer one that was the Charles Dickens quote from the beginning of A Tale of Two Cities, which was actually really funny. But then people said it was making it hard to see other rooms in their home feed and also in their activity feed. And then it kind of escalated and more people started writing really long room titles, which makes sense, because it’s pretty funny when you think about it. I think Ivy even wrote one that was over 1,000 characters! But then more people said they didn’t like the long titles. Because of that we decided to limit event titles to 60 characters. Let us know if this is too short but hopefully it will be fine.
New app icon! We would like to say a massive thank you to the great Espree Devora (@espree) for being an amazing Clubhouse icon these past few weeks, and for all she continues to do for the community. 🙂 With today’s release, we are celebrating the one and only Bomani X (@iambomanix)! No stranger to Clubhouse, Bomani has used his creative ingenuity to build community on Clubhouse from the moment he arrived. A source of light to many, you can often find him in a room practicing his guitar (waiting for any joiners to jam), keeping a tight door at the Cotton Club (the hottest ticket on Clubhouse) or co-conspiring to create another “Clubhouse first” — a full length musical extravaganza coming your way later in December. When he’s not on Clubhouse, Bomani can be found working on Lit.Spins, hosting invite-only house concerts, providing natal chart readings, or just taking care of his grandma with soothing music. On behalf of the whole community, we would like to say a huge thank you to Bomani for all that he does, and we look forward to having him grace all of our home screens for the holiday season!
Also, credit to Clubhouse community member Dayo K. (@thearthype) for the great photo! 🙂
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Thu, Dec 3
Hi all—Just a quick release today to introduce some improvements to performance and reliability. There is still more to do here, but hopefully you will begin seeing fewer error messages when traffic is heavy. Thanks for your patience on this, and hope you are having a good week!
Tue, Dec 1
Hi all—We hope that those of you in the U.S. had a great Thanksgiving weekend! Here is what’s new:
Change your @username (one-time feature). We get a lot of requests from people who would like to change their username so we built the ability to do that in the app. To do this, just go to your profile and tap your existing username. Please note that you can only do this once, as we want to make sure that people on Clubhouse always know who they are talking with.
Correct your full name (one-time feature). Clubhouse is a real name service, but occasionally people enter their names incorrectly on sign up. To help with this, we’ve added the ability to make a one-time correction to your Full Name in the app. In addition, if you are an artist who is publicly known by your creator name, you can now add your Creator Name in the app so that people in rooms with you know what to call you. To make a one-time correction your Full Name (or if you are a public figure, to make a one-time addition of your Creator Name), just tap your name on your user profile and select the appropriate option.
Open up welcome rooms to introduce your friends to others. When you’re in a room welcoming a friend to Clubhouse, you can now “open it up” more easily so that others on Clubhouse can join in and meet your friend! You choose whether to open it to everyone or make it a social room, where only the people you follow can join.
Improvements to follower notifications for clubs. If you’re the founder of a club, you get an activity feed item every time a new person follows it, which can be a little overwhelming if you have a popular club. To help with that, we’ve started bundling the follower notifications in your activity feed.
Log in via phone (if text verification doesn’t work). Occasionally when new users attempt to sign up, they don’t receive the verification code from their carrier. To help with these situations, we’ve added an option where you can call us to get the code.
Bug fixes. We fixed a bunch of bugs, including the one that was affecting the back button on iOS 14 (thanks for reporting, Jane!).
Next up: Some fun new features, as well as some stability improvements for when 5k people unexpectedly join a room. 😅
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being a part of Clubhouse!
Wed, Nov 18
Hi all—We hope your week is going well! Here is what’s new in today’s release…
More rooms to explore! 🌏 We heard feedback from a number of you that you wanted the feed ranking algorithms to show you more rooms outside of your network, so we made some changes to the algorithms to help you see more. We know how important it is to be able to discover new people and conversations, and our goals is make the ranking algorithms better every day, so please let us know what you think about the latest!
More flexible language filters. We mentioned at Town Hall on Sunday that the “sensitive content” filters seemed too restrictive, so we tuned them this week to allow you to be more expressive. The dictionaries should be a bit more permissive now, and if people follow you will soon be able to see your room titles in the feed, even if the language is sensitive. We hope you like these changes, damn it!
See which rooms your friends are in, and tap to join them. Now in the sidebar, you’ll be able to see the titles of the rooms your friends are in. If you tap on a friend, you’ll also now see a button to join them in the room where they are listening or speaking.
Clearer language in the sidebar. When you tap “+Room” in the sidebar to start a room with a friend, the room is Closed by default—so you can choose to keep it intimate or open it up. People didn’t always know that though, so we added a padlock to the button and tweaked the language to make that clearer.
Newbie badges in the hand raise queue. Now when you’re viewing the hand raise queue people’s newbie badges will show up, so you can choose to take questions from them first and welcome them to Clubhouse!
Ability to resend invite links. Sometimes when you invite a friend and they don’t get the invite right away, it’s hard for them to find it again. Now if you’re on the invite screen and you tap the check mark next to the name of someone you’ve invited, it will pop open a text message so you can easily send them a reminder message, along with the link.
Bundled follow notifications. If you are popular like Bomani and get a lot of followers, your Activity feed (which is the list of items you see when you tap on the bell icon) is probably pretty noisy. To help with this, we’ve started bundling follow notifications. When you tap on the bundle, you’ll see everyone’s bios and can quickly choose who to follow back.
Ability to report profiles from outside a room. Historically you could only report a profile from within a room, or from your app settings. Now you can also do it from any user’s profile.
Standing club meetings. When you’re the Founder of a club, it’s nice if you put some time in the calendar for your members to get together and talk. If you haven’t done this yet, we’ll be adding an activity item later this week that you can tap on to more easily schedule club conversations.
New User Guide. New to Clubhouse? First off, welcome! Second, we now have a nice New User Guide to help you get started. You can find it at welcome.joinclubhouse.com. It’s pretty simple right now, but we’ll be updating it constantly over time. Please let us know if there is anything you think we should add to it!
Follow us on Twitter. Did you know we have a Twitter account at @joinclubhouse? In case you don’t, we’re planning to add an activity feed item later this week so you can choose to follow us and see when we post stuff. 🙂
Bug fixes. We fixed a bunch of small bugs, as well as a couple crashes that a few users were experiencing. Sorry about those. 😬
New app icon! It’s that time again! We would like to say a HUGE thank you to the wonderful Erika Batista (@erika) for being an amazing Clubhouse icon this past month or so—not to mention an amazing member of so many Clubhouse communities. 🙂 …And we would like to welcome the next icon, Espree Devora (@espree)! Espree is known to some as “the Girl who Gets it Done” and she certainly has done that on Clubhouse—creating several clubs right off the bat to help aspiring podcasters on Clubhouse learn the art of producing and marketing audio content. A skater girl at heart and a self-proclaimed sneakerhead, Espree has already been an amazing addition to the Clubhouse community, and we’re thrilled to have her be out next app icon (with credit to Dan Taylor with Heisenberg Media for her photo http://www.dantaylorphotography.com/ :). If you see Espree around, please say hello!
We mentioned a few other features at Town Hall that we were planning to launch today (e.g., pinging mutuals into the room, editing your name/username)… We haven’t forgotten about those! Our release plans just evolved a bit, so they should be in next week’s release. 🙂
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Sat, Nov 14
Hi all—Happy Saturday! Just a quick release to fix an issue that was causing some people’s invites to not go though. We’ll be sending them through iMessage now, so that should fix it. 🙂
As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Thu, Nov 12
Hi all—Hope you are having a good week!
A lot of the work we’ve been doing these past few days has been under the hood, ensuring that we find the best content for you as the number of rooms continues to grow. Here is what’s new in this release:
Better feed ranking. We did a bunch of work this past week on the feed algorithms to help you find great content, based on who you follow. At a high level, the main feed is focused on rooms where the people you follow are talking, and the Explore feed is now focused on follows-of-follows. We hope you like the more personalized feel, but we know this is a change from the “firehose” model, so please let us know what you think! And if you want to see more rooms, you can always do that by following more people. 🙂
Updated home feed design. Until now the room “cards” in the home feed showed you every speaker in the room, which meant rooms with a lot of speakers often looked like huge word walls, filled with names of people you didn’t know. We’ve updated the design to focus just on the names of the people we think you’ll find most interesting—based on who you follow. We’ve also tweaked the design of the room titles and added counts for (i) how many people are in the room and (ii) how many people are speaking, to give you a sense for what type of room it is. Based on the testing we’ve done, we’ve think this will make the feed easier to scan, and save your thumbs a bit of scrolling. We know that this will also be an adjustment and that some people might miss seeing the tall room cards (at least at first)… So if you don’t like it after a few days, please let us know! Like all things on Clubhouse, this will evolve based on your feedback. 🙂
Updated speaking indicator (Part 1 🙂. We made some changes to the speaking indicator to (i) darken the color a bit and (ii) add some spacing between the profile photo and the indicator so that it’s more visible. Next up: We’re working on updating the animation so it’s even more visible and adding a persistent indicator for speakers who are not currently in view. We know this has been a highly requested feature, so we wanted to ship the first part as soon as it was ready. 🙂 Stay tuned for Part 2!
Special settings for sensitive content. We generally try to keep the public hallways “PG-13” in Clubhouse, without unnecessarily limiting people’s expression or ability to reach their audience. To help with this, we added some tools to hide potentially offensive room titles from the public home feed (without hiding the room itself), and to let you know when you enter a room title that would violate the Community Guidelines. We’re planning to tune this going forward to help you choose what level of filtering you want and make sure we are striking the right balance here!
Open up to a Social Room. Closed rooms are great for chatting privately with a few friends, but sometimes you want to open them up to a broader audience. Until now, the only way to do this was to make the room wide open to everyone. In this release, we added the ability to open it up just a little bit—into a Social Room. This will allow just the people you (or the other moderators) follow to join the room—which keeps the vibe a bit more intimate.
🎉 Onboarding for everyone! Every Wednesday at 6pm PT we host a “Welcome to Clubhouse” session for all the newbies who joined in the past week. Going forward we’re going to open these sessions to everyone, in case you didn’t get to attend the session the week you joined and still want to learn the ropes. Please note that we’ll be prioritizing new users when we take questions, so don’t be offended if you are a long-time user and we don’t get a chance to call on you. 🙂 If that happens, please get in touch by tapping the “FAQ / Contact Us” button on your Profile → Settings. We are always here to help!
Bug fixes. Finally, we fixed the counts for # of people online in clubs, make it so you could add a topic on smaller devices, and tuned a bunch of other things.
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Thu, Nov 5
Hi all—Hope you are having a good week! It’s been amazing to see the huge range of U.S. election conversations that have been happening these past few days and carrying on late into the morning. Here are a few new features to help you find great conversations from the people you follow as we all await the results!
New “Who’s Online?” screen. As the number of rooms in Clubhouse continues to grow, it can sometimes be hard to find the people you follow! Today we’ve added a whole new screen to show you which of your mutual follows are online and join them in their rooms—or quickly invite them to start a new room together. To get there, tap the new “Online” button on the lower right of your home screen (or just swipe right-to-left). Tap on a friend to join them in their current room, or tap “+ Room” to invite a friend (or group of club members) to start a new room with you. When you start a new room, it will default to a “closed” room—so you can choose to keep it private, manually ping in more friends, or open it up to everyone. We hope you find this helpful!
Improved ping interface. We’re streamlined the interface for pinging people into your room, swapping the list view with a more visual grid interface where you can see more online friends without having to scroll. We also took out the custom text field for now, since not many people were using it. 🙂 Let us know what you think, as we can always add this back if enough people miss it!
Bug fixes. We fixed the regression where you could no longer tap on an event host to see their profile (thanks Ed for catching this!), the issue where not all followers were getting pinged for single-host events, and a bunch of other things.
Next up, we’re working on some improvements to your home feed to help everyone find and discover great conversations.
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Tue, Nov 3
🇺🇸 Hi all—Just a quick update for Election Day for all our U.S. based users…
Show you voted! Add the hashtag #ivoted to your bio to celebrate Election Day. When you do this, an “I voted” sticker will appear on your profile for others in the room to see.
More updates coming soon… If you haven’t already done it, please go vote!
Wed, Oct 28
Hi all—Hope you are having a good week! Here’s what’s new in today’s release:
Connect your Instagram. If you like, you can now include a link to your Instagram on your profile! If you choose to do so, this will allow others on Clubhouse to view your public Instagram photos, follow you, and—if your Instagram settings allow for it—send you a message.
Toggle who can start club rooms: “Club Founders Only” or “Any Member.” If you’re the Founder of a club, you can now decide whether other members should be able to start club rooms. Just got to your club page and then tap on the ellipsis to toggle this. If you do allow members to start rooms, they’ll also be able to add private club events to the Upcoming calendar. This should allow event hosts to have more control over their brand, and allow community clubs (where anyone is encouraged to start a room) to be more active and participatory.
Closed rooms. In additional to “Open” rooms (where anyone can join) and “Social” rooms (where people you follow can join), this release introduces “Closed” rooms—where only people you specifically add to the room can join. We hope that Closed rooms will be helpful when you are looking to have more private conversations, or want to talk with a smaller group but haven’t yet set up a club for it. When you start a Closed room, you can always ping in more people or open it up to the public, so it’s also a good way to start impromptu conversations with specific people, and then let an audience in.
View events you are co-hosting. Now when you’re viewing the Upcoming calendar, you can tap the header to toggle it to show just the events where you are a co-host, so you can quickly edit them and access the share links.
Cleaned-up navigation. The buttons that scrolled along the bottom were getting a bit busy, so we cleaned up the navigation in this release. Now there is just a single “Start a room” button on the home screen. When you tap it, you can start a room that’s open to everyone, just the people you follow, just the people you pick, or just the people in one of your clubs.
Improved club member nominations. While only club Founders can add new Members, anyone in a club can nominate someone they think would be a great addition. Until now, however, this interface for doing this was pretty bare bones, which made it hard for Founders to manage the process. In this release, we’ve added a few features to make it easier:
See why someone was nominated. When Members nominate someone, they can now add a note explaining why they think that person would be a great addition to the club.
Remove nominations. If you aren’t quite ready to add someone to your club, you can now remove them from your nomination queue.
Clarified help text. Clubs will occasionally receive invites so they can invite people from outside of Clubhouse into their club. These club invites are separate from any personal invites the Founders might have, but we realized this wasn’t very clear in the interface before, so we added some language to clear that up.
More automatic invites for active clubs. We’ve tuned our algorithms to automatically give more invites to the clubs that are meeting often and hosting great conversations. These conversations are what Clubhouse was made for, and we want these active clubs to have all the tools they need to grow and thrive. 🙂
Knowledge Center. We get a lot of questions about Clubhouse, so we put together a basic Knowledge Center with answers to the most common ones! This will be a living resource that we add to continuously. If you can’t find answers there, please let us know and we’ll add them. 🙂 And of course, if you ever need help with anything you can always still shoot us an email.
That’s it for now. We hope you like the new features, and as always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Wed, Oct 21
Hi all—Hope you are having a good week! Just a quick release today featuring a few things we hope you’ll like:
Hand raise queue. As Clubhouse is growing and large room are more common, it’s getting harder to see who as their hand raised and keep track of who to call on next. To help with that, we’ve added a hand raise queue! If you’re a moderator, you’ll see a button on the bottom bar that shows you how many people have their hand raised. You can tap on it to see the queue, sorted with the people who raised their hands first on top. We plan to add more functionality to this over time, but we hope that even this simple version will help quite a bit. We’re also excited to see how people might use it to conduct polls and do other creative things. 🙂
Ability for moderators to turn hand raising on or off. As part of the hand raise queue, we’ve also added a toggle to turn hand raising on or off, in case there are times when you’d like to stay focused on the conversation, or would just prefer not to take questions. If you turn hand raising off it will make everyone’s hands go down, so they’ll need to raise them again if you decide to take questions later.
Better support for events with a single host. Typically on Clubhouse if there is only one person on the stage, the next person to enter the room becomes a speaker, and the conversation starts. This works well in most cases, but it can be awkward if it’s an event with a single host… because it means the host must awkwardly move every accidental co-host down to the audience! 😬 We fixed that in this release, so when there is a scheduled event, only people who are co-hosts will automatically become speakers.
“Social Mode” (beta). It’s nice to have an audience, but sometimes you might prefer to have more intimate conversations with just the people you know and trust. We’re testing a new mode called “Social mode” that’s somewhere between Public and Private. With Social Mode, only the people you follow will be allowed in the room. If you want to open the room up to more people, you can add other people as moderators, and the people they follow will be allowed to join too. It’s kind of like a real-world party, where you can catch up with people you know, and get to meet new friends through them. Social mode appears as an option when you tap the big green “+Start a room” button, but we’ll be rolling it out slowly this week, so you might not see it right away. We’re excited to hear what you think!
Bug fixes (including the audio/volume issues). Apologies to all of you who were experiencing issues with audio/volume this past week. We think we have fixed that in this release, along with a bunch of other bugs. Special thanks to Vinayak for helping us fix the issue where sometimes you couldn’t accept a speaker invitation to a room.
Next up: We’ll be working on some new features to help private communities thrive on Clubhouse!
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of this! 🙏🏽
Wed, Oct 14
Hi all—We hope you are having a good week! Today’s release is focused on additional trust and safety updates, as well as a host of new features to help you get the word out about your events. Here is what’s new in safety:
Improved blocking for speakers. Previously if you were a speaker in a room (but not the room creator), we would warn you when someone you had blocked joined the room. We’ve changed how this works, so now if you’re a speaker, people you’ve blocked won’t be able to join the room at all. This slightly reduces who can join each room, but it better protects the other speakers from having a bad experience. We think it’s the right tradeoff. (Note: This change won’t go into effect until tomorrow, when we finish up the back-end code.)
Remove someone from a room. Previously if you were a moderator you could remove someone from the stage. Now if someone is being disruptive you can remove them from the room entirely. This will also prevent them from being able to view or reenter the room.
Shared block lists. If there is someone who many people in your network have blocked, we now show a small “!” icon to let you know this when you are viewing their profile. This is personalized to you, and will hopefully help you make decisions about when to follow someone or bring them up on stage.
New refinements to ranking algorithms. We have further refined our home feed, notification and follow suggestion algorithms, so if someone is heavily blocked within your network (and you don’t already follow them), you are less likely to see their content. You can expect these ranking systems to get more and more refined over time as we work to increase safety, personalization and discovery for you on Clubhouse.
For the creators out there, we’re also add a host of new features to help you get the word out about your events and grow your audience over time:
New event” notifications. When you add a show to the Upcoming calendar, your club members and followers will now get an activity item letting them know about your event.
Event pages. When you tap on one of the above activity items (or tap on an event in the Upcoming calendar), it will now show you a dedicated event half-sheet, where you can see the details and take one of several actions on it (detailed below).
Add event to your calendar (Google or Apple) Calendar. From the event screen, people can now add your event to their actual calendar—initially with support for Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. This way they can block out time in their days if there is a show they really don’t want to miss.
Share/Tweet a link to your event. From the event sheet, there is also a link you can use to share the event to Twitter, Facebook, Whatsapp, Messenger, or anywhere else you like—to let people know about the event in advance. If you and your co-hosts have authorized Twitter, we’ll prefill the message with your Twitter usernames so that they can easily retweet it. If someone who isn’t on Clubhouse sees your post, they can tap to join the waitlist and hopefully we can get at least some of them in before your show starts. 🙂
Your day on Clubhouse. If there are events from your clubs in the next 24 hours, you’ll now see a little schedule at the top of your home feed reminding you that they’re coming up. You can tap any event to see the details or add it to your calendar.
Event reminders for hosts. If you’re the host, we’ll now remind you a few minutes before your show is scheduled to start. (Note: This won’t be live till later this week.)
Easier event creation from the Home screen. Previously when you wanted to start a scheduled event, you had to reenter the details in manually (or navigate to the Upcoming screen to start it.) Now if it’s within ~15 minutes of your event start time, you can start the event just by tapping the green button, and then selecting your event. All of the show metadata will carry over—including club name, event title, co-hosts, and privacy settings.
Co-hosts automatically join as speakers. If you’re listed as a co-host of the event, you’ll now join the stage automatically (on mute) when you enter the room.
Better event notifications. We tidied these up so it’s easier to tell when you’re being notified about one of your formal club events, rather than a more common speaker notification.
Links from Upcoming to already-in-progress events. When you are viewing the Upcoming calendar and event is already in progress, you can now join it directly from that screen. Just tap the event, and then tap “Join event already in progress.”
We also polished the design of the moderator badges, fixed a bunch of bugs, and updated the app so it will only work for iOS 13+… so if you’re on a really old version of iOS, please update! 🙂
Finally, a quick note on our Town Hall meetings, which take place Sundays at 9am PT… We mentioned at the last one that we were going to try to take questions in advance, because the meetings are getting too big for us to call on everyone, and we want to make sure we’re covering the most important topics on people’s minds. If you ever have topics you’d like us to cover at Town Hall, please email support@joinclubhouse.com with “Town Hall question” as the subject! We read all of them, will try hard to cover the top ones, and will always be available through other channels if the meeting doesn’t address your question.
That’s it for now. As always, thank you for being part of Clubhouse! 🙏🏽
Thu, Oct 1
Hi all—We hope you are doing well. Before we go into the release notes, we just wanted to say that we know this past week was an intense one, with comments from a number of rooms generating incident reports and justifiably strong responses from the community. We also wanted to share some thoughts about this to help you understand what we value here at Clubhouse, how we respond to abuse, and what kinds of tools we’re building to better empower moderators and club founders as Clubhouse grows. We posted these thoughts to our website here. If you have time, we’d love for you to give it a read. 🙏🏽
This past week we’ve been hard at work wrapping up a wave of new features for you focused specifically on Trust & Safety. Some of these have been in motion for a while, and others we added in response to the events of the past few days. Here’s what’s new:
Write your own club rules. Now club founders can write rules that are specific to their clubs, to share their community values, communicate their norms, and define the dos and don’ts for speaking. When people join the club they’ll be asked to agree to the rules. And when you host a public conversation, non-members will be asked to agree to the rules before coming up. Note that these are in addition to the Community Guidelines, which still apply to everyone.
Topics (and club names) in rooms. Now when you’re in the room, you can see what the topic is! Soon you’ll be able to edit the topic, so if the conversation shifts or the title is causing problems, a moderator can change it.
More granular incident reporting. If an incident happens on Clubhouse, it tends to only apply to a specific comment or speaker, rather than to a whole room. To reflect this, we’ve moved incident reporting to the speaker level. To report someone, just tap their profile, tap the ellipsis on the half-sheet, and the select “Report an incident.”
Moderator badges. We added a badge to indicate who the moderators are, so you’ll always know who is in control of a room.
Better notifications when an incident occurs. This will allow us to hide or end rooms when necessary, and possibly notify the moderators when appropriate.
Shake to report. We had to take this out temporarily a few weeks ago because it was causing a bug. Now we’ve fixed it and it’s back.
Community Guidelines accessible from every room. We heard that some people didn’t know where to find the Community Guidelines, so we added a link to them in the top of every room. You can also find them in the settings on your profile, as well as at https://community.joinclubhouse.com.
Rate limits to prevent spam. This will prevent people from pinging others too often with follows, club invitations, and invitations to speak. We’re still fine-tuning what those limits should be, so you can expect those to get better over time.
Encrypted audio buffers. If someone reports a serious safety violation, we need a way to investigate it, but we don’t want to store any of your data unnecessarily. To strike this balance, we implemented a system that holds a temporary buffer of encrypted audio, to be used solely for incident investigations and discarded when the room ends otherwise. We’d love to hear feedback on this approach and are open to other ideas that better balance privacy with safety, but this is what we’ve implemented for now. We have updated our ToS, Privacy Policy and Community Guidelines to reflect the change and will be proactively notifying all users.
Moderator training. A great moderator makes all the difference in a room, but moderation is an acquired skills! To help out, we are going to start holding regular moderator training sessions in the app for all who are interested. We’re still figuring out the cadence and curriculum, but our goal is to start this later this month!
In addition, this latest release has a host of other features to help you share and connect with others. Here are a few of the notable ones:
Release notes in the app. Now that we’re off TestFlight, the app will update automatically for most of you (making it easier to miss the release notes), so we added this new notification to let you know what’s new!
Instagram links on profiles. We are still waiting for API approval from Facebook, but once we get that and flip the switch, you’ll be able to add an Instagram link to your profile. This is entirely optional, and we hope it will give you a fun new way to share who you are, send and receive DMs, and connect with Clubhouse friends offline.
Follow suggestions inline… and everywhere! Now whenever you follow someone (or tap the “sparkle” icon next to their follow button) we’ll try to suggest other people inline who you might want to follow. We’ve also improved the suggestions on the “Find people to follow” screen (and started refreshing them more often), and introduced special prompts to follow your friends when they join the app—from both the activity feed and their welcome rooms.
Let more friends in. Sometimes people join the waitlist have a whole lot of friends already on Clubhouse. When this happens, we’re going to try to detect it and send you a special notification to see if you’d like to invite them to the beta. We’ll also be handing out more invites in general to make it easier for people to bring in friends.
Edit your club description. Club founders can now edit their club descriptions directly in the app.
Start your room from the Upcoming feed. Have an event in the Upcoming feed? Now when you want to start it you can pull up the description and tap “Start.” This will carry over the event metadata so you don’t have to type it in.
Room/club names in the ping. Tired of telling friends that someone is “talking about their favorite topic,” but don’t feel like typing? Pings now include club titles and room names to give them a bit more context.
Bug fixes. We fixed a ton of bugs. Please shake to report if you find more!
This coming week, we’ll be focused on a new set of features to help room hosts gather an audience—and if it’s a public event, grow it over time.
Because this is a major release, we also have a new app icon. This time we’re thrilled to showcase the amazing Erika Batista! Erika (@ericka) is a self-described “Proud Latinx 🇩🇴 Living in Paris 🇫🇷,” which feels appropriate since we are now available (invite-only) in App Stores worldwide. As an early member of Clubhouse, she has done a huge amount for this community. Along with Andrea Hernández (@andreahernandez), Erika co-authored the first unofficial Clubhouse Onboarding guide and co-leads Casa Club (Sundays at 1pm PT), as well as Maison Club (Wednesday at 12pm PT), bringing together Spanish-speakers, French-speakers, and anyone interested in learning the language and culture. We will miss Julie, but are so grateful to have Erika take the torch until the next major release.
Finally, we wanted to give you a heads up that we heard your feedback on the Town Hall timing being difficult for non-U.S. users, so we are going to be changing it to Sundays at 9am PT starting this week so that more of you can attend. We look forward to seeing many of you there!