A year and a half after it debuted on iOS, Clubhouse will no longer be an invite-only app, co-founders Paul Davison and Rohan Seth announced on Wednesday in a blog post. The audio chat app is finally out of beta and the waitlist system which it was known for has now been removed, which means everyone can join.
“The invite system has been an important part of our early history. By adding people in waves, welcoming new faces each week in our Wednesday Orientations, and talking with the community each Sunday in Town Hall, we’ve been able to grow Clubhouse in a measured way, and (mostly) keep things from breaking as we’ve scaled,” the blog post explained. “But we’ve always wanted Clubhouse to be open. Everyone in the world should have access to meaningful conversations.”
Earlier in May, Clubhouse became available to Android users worldwide which gave the opportunity for more people to join. Clubhouse says 10 million people have signed up since then and more than 90 million messages have been sent since a direct message system was introduced to the app last week. The company says its audio chat rooms has now grown to half a million daily and the listeners on average now spend more than an hour daily on the app.
Clubhouse now has a new logo and also unveiled Justin “Meezy” Williams (manager to rapper hip hop artist 21 Savage) as its new app icon.
As Clubhouse continues to face stern competition from other apps with audio chat rooms, opening up the app to everyone seems like a move in the right direction. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Spotify have all launched similar products since Clubhouse began operating.