Clubhouse added a text chat function, off-brand but useful

A late, but smart move.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Mar 24, 2022

The audio application Clubhouse began rolling out an audio-free feature called in-room chat to Android and iOS users. In-room chat, according to the site, allows moderators and listeners to connect with each other via chat during a live session, as well as giving creators a way to gather real-time feedback.


Creators can turn on live chat when they create a room or via the room composer, and they can delete messages during live rooms or after they’ve ended, as well as turn off in-room chat at any time.


In their blog post, the company shared:


“For creators, in-room chat will offer another touchpoint with audiences in a room and provide a way to get feedback in real time. We hope that this will make conducting quick polls or sourcing questions from the audience that much easier, and bring engagement to the next level.”


During live rooms or after the room has ended, users can also erase their own messages. Moderators can also delete messages or kick people out of live rooms if they’re being disruptive. Long-pressing on a user’s name and hitting report can be used to report messages in chat that violate Clubhouse’s principles, and long-pressing can also be used to block users.


During Replays, in-room discussions will appear, but comments cannot be added at that time. Users will notice a chat symbol on the bottom left of the screen, near to the Share and Clips icons, if in-room chat is enabled in the room. Users can access the conversation by tapping the symbol or swiping right. When there are new comments that a user has not yet read, a red dot will appear next to the chat icon, and the quantity of messages will appear next to the chat symbol.


In the blog post, Clubhouse also shared:


“There’s no shortage of people who want to talk on Clubhouse. From Women Watching Sports together to jazz piano rooms to people debating politics, we’re all about that back and forth conversation and banter. But we know not everyone in the community wants to raise their hands and jump on stage to participate. Many of you want a way to join in on the conversation from the comfort of the audience. And we get it – cause even on the internet, stage fright exists.”


This is an interesting move for Clubhouse, as they are primarily known for being an audio chatting app. This does make it more accessible and even open up to a larger audience who may want to switch up their social media chatting platforms.


Clubhouse has kind of died and they felt it too as the once exclusive app is now open to the public.


Photo via Clubhouse