Don’t bewilder to know that Elon Musk stopped by for a conversation with Clubhouse. It is an audio chat iOS app (currently has an invite-only feature) that bandwagon around some hottest app. The following reports suggest that taking advantage of its brand name ‘FACEBOOK’, Mark Zuckerberg popped in the chat that confirms that the CEO has some interest in the Clubhouse.
Facebook might not stick around on the app, but hopping on its newsletter’s bandwagon. Still, according to The New York Times, Facebook leaders have asked developers to build the company’s own audio chat service, which is said to be in the early stages of development.
Emilie Haskell, a Facebook spokeswoman, said, “We’ve been connecting people in audio and video technologies for several years and are always exploring new ways to improve that experience for people”.
To which, a representative of Clubhouse declined to comment.
Facebook has a long story to jump on the bandwagon, as they rarely spot a tech trend and don’t quickly latch on to it. As Instagram stories emerged as a clone of Snapchat’s fleeting photos and videos, Facebook has also rolled out the version of TikTok (Instagram Reels) and Zoom (Messenger rooms) over the last year.
According to Investors, Clubhouse raised $100 million in January at a $1 billion valuation, according to PitchBook. Other big names also came to set its bandwagon, including Twitter is testing its service called Spaces to offer similar functionalities as Clubhouse.
The app’s proliferation is on its verge, as China blocks the app on Monday. People joined the app from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and elsewhere. China wants to stop sharing its people’s thoughts on topics ranging from the political to the mundane, as the political imbalances and controversies are part of the quotidian political hierarchy.
Tech titans have occasionally started to appear in the Clubhouse interviews. Now it’s worth watching which side the coin will reflect in the coming future.