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According to pictures supplied by researcher Jane Manchum Wong, Clubhouse appears to be working on a new way to invite users to audio rooms on its app. The “Waves” invite feature focuses on the more informal, social aspect of Clubhouse rather than the creator-focused live performances that have gotten the company’s attention.
According to the screenshots Wong posted, Waves allows you to wave at pals to invite them to talk by waving at them using a button that looks like the hand in Clubhouse’s logo. If they respond, they are instantly placed in an audio room where you may converse. A Clubhouse spokesman declined to comment on Wong’s finding, although it appears that the function is meant for the communal areas (one of several audio room types the company offers).
Clubhouse eventually got rid of its waitlist in July, and in the meanwhile has been adding new features like spatial audio support. Whether it’s because to the current preoccupation with the “creative economy” or an early business plan, Clubhouse has looked more focused on the professional applications of its app — for example, creating a pilot programme for new programmes — than its usage as just another place to hang out online. That has spawned rivalry everywhere, from Twitter Spaces to Discord Stage Channels, but Waves appears to be a good step back to the informal applications of drop-in / drop-out live audio.