The last thing I thought I needed in my life was another social media platform.
But I must admit, Clubhouse is the most exciting platform I’ve come across in a long time. And my initial experiences with the app have shown me that it gives us what we’ve always really, truly wanted from social media: meaningful conversations and connections.
Some of that comes from the fact that it’s audio-based, and that you feel like you’re actually connecting with other human beings. But this feeling of connecting and interacting is even more pronounced right now because Clubhouse is still in its infancy. Rooms are small, for the most part. People are more accessible on Clubhouse than on Twitter or Instagram. Nothing is recorded so when you’re on the platform, you’re in the moment and then the moment is gone. And because we’re all sort of figuring this new type of social experience together, I find myself taking next steps with people that I wouldn’t normally take on other, more passive platforms (many of whom I would never even connect with in real life).
I’m far from a Clubhouse expert and I’m learning as I go, but here are my high-level thoughts after one month (and way too many hours!) on the platform.
1. It’s all about finding the right rooms.
On Clubhouse, your hallway is entirely dictated by the people you follow. So, as a rule, you should make a point of following people you know, are interested in, and/or want to learn more about. Unfollow anyone that is extraneous. Follow clubs that align with your interests. When you hear someone in a room that you’d want to hear again, follow them. This will give you the best experience over time.
There are so many types of rooms. Lots of conversations about bitcoin and turning millions into billions. Those conversations are popular and great for some people. But not for me. Some rooms have tons of speakers (“moderators”) on stage talking amongst themselves. Some rooms create more interaction and problem-solving so the audience members can ask for help and get real, meaningful advice.
I realized that I personally like rooms where true experts are up on stage offering meaningful advice to the audience. I like participating in those rooms when I…