Clubhouse appears to have momentarily introduced a new Backchannel feature that allows users to communicate via text messaging. This Clubhouse Private Messaging Feature appears to be an addition to its main functionality, which is its audio chat groups. This was exposed by a notification that people screenshotted, but it has not yet been made public.
This arises at a time when the market for live audio rooms is becoming increasingly competitive. Following Twitter’s announcement of Spaces, Facebook recently announced Live Audio Rooms, while Spotify just launched Greenroom.
Clubhouse Private Messaging Feature Accidentally Leaked
Multiple Clubhouse users uploaded screenshots and clips of Clubhouse’s new Backchannel function On Twitter. In addition to the live audio chat, it allowed all members in a room to converse via text. Clubhouse sent out notifications to users informing them that Backchannel had been enabled and that a new arrow button had appeared in the hallway.
The Backchannel feature, on the other hand, did not appear to work for users and is currently unavailable on the app.
“As part of our product building process, Clubhouse regularly explores and tests potential features,” Clubhouse tells The Verge. “These functions sometimes become part of the app, sometimes they don’t. We do not comment on potential features”.
The scope of the rollout is unknown because, once again, the feature appeared to be only available for a short period of time, making it difficult to determine whether it was just noticed by a few users who happen to have the app running at the time, or whether it was simply intended to be a limited beta.
The information comes as Facebook begins to unveil Live Audio Rooms and podcasts for public figures in the United States. The company will provide new features in the coming weeks. It’s planning to increase the opportunity for more public figures and specific groups to create a Live Audio Room. On iOS and Android, users may find Live Audio Rooms to join from places like the News Feed and notifications.
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