15 April 2021
LinkedIn has officially confirmed that it is working on a Clubhouse clone. It is a feature that will allow users of the platform to create a room and interact with each other using audio-only mode. This is not something new as many other well-known social media platforms are also working on their respective Clubhouse-inspired offerings. Some of these include Facebook, Telegram, Spotify, and Slack.
As per the confirmation given to TechCrunch, LinkedIn says its take on Clubhouse will have a professional aspect attached to it. It will be more about allowing users to express their professional identities as compared to their whole social media identity which happens on other platforms. The team is also working on ensuring that there is a safe environment for everyone to participate in discussions without worrying about issues like getting abused.
Suzi Owens, a LinkedIn spokesperson said,
"We’re seeing nearly 50% growth in conversations on LinkedIn reflected in stories, video shares, and posts on the. We’re doing some early tests to create a unique audio experience connected to your professional identity. And, we’re looking at how we can bring audio to other parts of LinkedIn such as events and groups, to give our members even more ways to connect to their community."
The basic idea behind the feature is the same as Clubhouse. There will be a room with a set number of speakers who will be able to have discussions with each other with only audio and no video feed. The room can also have listeners who will only be able to listen to what others are saying but will not be able to speak. It has not shared any details about the possible release timeline but said that beta testing will begin soon.