Clubhouse – the next big thing in social media
On December 22nd, I was nominated by my friend, Sheena Baker, to join the new social media app, Clubhouse. A drop in audio chat, mobile driven platform that gives the user the ability to create a room and allow followers to have a live conversation or simple just listen to the conversation. The best thing is that you can have a conversation and not worry about how you look or what is in your background of your space.
Yes, when Sheena invited me to the new social media app, I did think she was hacked on Instagram. I was also invited by Asia Purnell, and by then, I was convinced that they were both hacked. Little did I know, Club house is the next big think in social media. The new shiny object that folks can’t get enough of.
As of today, clubhouse is “invite only” or you end up on a waiting list and only available for iPhone users. Who Knew! Now, if you end up on the waiting list, one of your friends, must let you into the app. My first day on the app we had about 20 people join our room. We talked for a few hours. Everyone shared what they learned about the app and how the app works. It was cool to see people jump in and out of our room to provide tips and tricks about what they have learned about the app. One thing for sure, folks learn fast and become addicted to the app, really quick!
Many are sharing and dropping helpful nuggets about business, real estate, education, health, networking, technology, photography, gaming and so much more. We have been able to be in rooms with the Rich and Famous and often share the stage with our peers. The collaboration has been an awesome experience. So, let’s look at what I’ve learned, learned from others and figured about the new audio chat app.
What I’ve learned, so far, on the app:
- Add your photo to your bio
- Keep your bio simple and specific
- If someone clicks your bio, they see the first 3 lines so be specific, so they choose to follow you and connect
- Use emoji’s in your bio
- Connect your twitter and Instagram account to your bio
- Where you find what is happening on clubhouse
- You can be in the hallway while listening to a room
- Once you click a new room you will leave the room you were currently listening to.
Roles in a room
- Moderator – the person that starts a room and allows others to speak.
- Speaker – these people along with the moderator have the ability to talk and share the stage with other speakers.
- Listener – a person that joins a room with the ability to listen, raise their hand to be invited to speak or ask a question. The listener does not have to feel obligated to speak.
I like to call the moderator the person that runs the room and has the ability to share the moderating experience. The moderator can bow out and pass the baton to others in the space to keep the conversation going.
The speaker is someone on stage. When you join the room check out where people land in the room. Listeners can be moved up to a section where they are already being followed by the moderator or a speaker. Pretty much gives them clout. I like to call this section the VIP section and the listener section the stadium seats or the balcony seats.
I have noticed that many moderators have developed rules for their space to keep the conversation running smoothly. Therefore, check out the rooms and listen to the moderator. Do you like how they manage the conversation? If so, take their advice and adjust their rules to manage your rooms better. Many moderators will do what is called, “a reset”. Resetting the room, allows the moderator to reintroduce the topic, the rules of the room and remind everyone listening to follow those on stage, check out people in the room, follow folks on twitter and IG and possibly re-introduce yourself in someone’s DM on IG or Twitter.
A few last tips: if you are in a room with hundreds of people, consider sending the moderator a DM on IG and ask them to find you in the listener section, because you have a question. A quick way to join the conversation.
You can edit your bio on the fly. So, if someone provides a tip on your bio, you can edit your bio, preview a bio, follow another user, and follow someone on twitter or Instagram while listening to the conversation.
Were you on the fence about joining clubhouse? If so, click here and join today! Looking forward to our future audio chats on Clubhouse.
Things you can do on Clubhouse
- Join a room
- Create your own room
- Create a private room
- Schedule a room
- Reset the room
- Be a Moderator
- The VIP Section – People that are followed by the speakers on the stage
- Listeners Others in the room
- Leave quietly
- Share the room & Inviting people into your room
- Create your own club, once permission is granted
- Follow me on the app @CarrieJoLittle on Clubhouse and Instagram.