Popular social audio app, Clubhouse, launched a feature on Thursday that allows users to virtually wave at friends inside its audio-only chat app to indicate that they are available for a private conversation, in an effort to expand beyond public rooms with thousands of listeners. The feature is now available for all users on iOS and Android.
The company said in a tweet “There are over 700k rooms opened every day on Clubhouse. Yes, that includes the big moments you see in the news — but it’s also lots of lovely, small rooms between friends. So, we built a new feature to make those casual chats even easier! Say hello to Wave.”
With Wave, users can simply press a waving hand emoji to welcome others to a live audio room. When they receive their invitation, they can opt to join your call and be placed in an audio room right away.
What they are saying
The company said in a blog post: “To send a Wave, swipe right on the Hallway or tap the dots icon at the bottom left of the screen. Then tap the wave button next to the person you’d like to chat with. They’ll get a notification that you said hello, and know that you’re open to chatting. If they are too, they can join a private room with you — open just to the people you waved at. You can keep it to one social circle, introduce friends from different groups to each other, or open the room up more broadly and make it for everyone.”
What you should know
Clubhouse was formerly an invite-only app available solely to iOS users, but since an Android version was released, users no longer have to wait to be invited.