Clubhouse Is Creating an Accelerator Program for Influencers

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Clubhouse, the invite-only audio chat app that has enamored the tech industry elite, is on the lookout for influencers. Because what social media app can be without influencers?

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In a town hall on Sunday, the company announced that it was creating “Clubhouse Creator First,” its first creator accelerator program. The program aims to support and equip 20 creators with the resources they need to host good conversations, build their audiences, and monetize, per Clubhouse. The deadline to submit applications is March 31.

While that’s all fine and dandy—heaven knows I love following cat influencers on Instagram and TikTok, and yes that’s a thing—Clubhouse should probably consider making its influencers easy to find. (It should also focus on tightening its security, but that’s a different story).

As pointed out by Wired, it’s not exactly easy to get an idea of what someone is like just by looking at their Clubhouse profile (although a brave user did try and came up with this list). In contrast to Instagram and TikTok, you can’t just scroll through someone’s previous Clubhouse chats, see how many conversations a user has participated in, or how many people liked listening to them. No, you have to wait for the user to enter a room, listen to what they say, and then decide if you want to follow them.

I mean, no offense to Clubhouse, but I don’t know if I have the patience for that. Who knows, maybe it’s me who’s missing out. (Disclosure: I’m not on Clubhouse).

Besides announcing its accelerator program, Clubhouse also shared a few product updates. Users will now be able to share a link to their profiles or clubs and invite new users to the platform via their phone number.

This means that Clubhouse will no longer need to access ask users for access to their phone contacts in order to let them send invites. Users can reach out to the company to ask it to delete previously uploaded contacts, the Verge reported, and a tool to delete previously uploaded contacts is in the works. In addition, Clubhouse will remember the language of the rooms users tend to join and filter the others.

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DISCUSSION

hamologist
Hamologist

Jesus Christ, people’s Clubhouse bios are gold.

The Game (remember him?):

⚠️ Very emotional gangsta on the premises !!! “I’m 1/2 hood & 1/2 holy. Pray with me, don’t play with me”. I connect people from all walks of the world & together we make wheels turn & commas move. My people are destroyed by the lack of KNOWLEDGE. No matter which way you spin the wheel, it always lands on YOU. You have to love yourself before you can love anyone else. You have to educate yourself before you can teach anyone else. You have to accept your faults before you can point the finger. Self Accountability. Truth. Honesty. Love. “The Lone Warrior Of Light”

Gary Vaynerchuck (who?):

I really like people and the NY Jets .. oh and wine 🍷 Honestly I just really enjoy kindness and practicality, self-awareness and empathy. I love competition and “the game” but I love the balance of being passionate about it but also knowing that it’s insignificancy. Yapping with people on this platform is a Great joy

Ramy Youssef:

blleep bloorp blop