Facebook is working on a voice chat product similar to the new Clubhouse social network, which is rapidly gaining popularity around the world. segn inform el peridico The New York Times Quoting two people with knowledge of the matter.
According to the sources, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg paid attention to forms of communication by voice and last Sunday He appeared in the club The social network that allows users to meet in audio rooms to discuss various topics to talk about virtual reality and augmented reality.
Facebook executives reportedly directed employees to create a Clubhouse-like service and this product is still in its early stages of development.
For her part, a spokeswoman for the tech giant, Emily Haskell, said that Facebook has “been connecting people through audio and video technologies for many years” and has always “explored new ways to improve that experience for people.”
This isn’t the first time that Mark Zuckerberg’s company has closely examined the development of promising new social networks. Previously, Facebook bought Instagram, WhatsApp, and virtual reality company Oculus as its popularity grows.
In addition, Facebook is known for copying successful features to its competitors. Thus, in 2016 “stories”, the standout feature of Snapchat, appeared on Instagram, and in 2020 it introduced “Reels”, a short video service similar to TikTok. Last year, Facebook also created the group video chat feature “rooms” amid the popularity of Zoom.
However, Facebook isn’t the only one trying to compete with Clubhouse. Hence, Twitter is testing a product called “Spaces” that offers a similar voice chat feature.
What is a clubhouse and how does it work?
The Clubhouse was founded last year by entrepreneurs Paul Davison and Rohan Seth and is organized at Audio rooms dedicated to specific topics. Upon entering the room, the user does so as a simple listener with the microphone muted, while only the creators and moderators at the round table can speak. If the listener wants to intervene, he can send a signal to the moderators to allow their microphone to be activated. Also, each user can create their own chat room.
Unlike traditional social networks, you cannot write comments or text messages in Clubhouse: the platform provides audio-only broadcasts. Nothing gets recorded, which sets the Clubhouse apart from its podcast.
Another novelty of the app is Your calling system. With the exception of early testers, every new user should be invited by someone who is already using the platform.
For now, the club is operating Only on Apple mobile devices. However, the app ranks first on the App Store list in countries such as Germany, Italy, Japan, and Turkey, while the creators announced during a recent internal meeting that The platform has 2 million users per week.
Dozens of personalities like the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, rapper Drake or actor Jared Leto They have been seen participating in talks all over the club.