Since Clubhouse’s introduction, the invitation-only audio-chat service has topped App Store downloads, and its audience grew from 600,000 to 10 million in just a few weeks. For good reasons and bad, the name seems to be on everyone’s lips these days. Amidst the hype, it’s easy to overlook threats to your privacy and even wallet.
What Clubhouse is
In case you missed it, Clubhouse is an app that provides a space for drop-in audio chats. Users can listen to or join a conversation (with permission from the organizer). One of Clubhouse’s first big-name fans was Elon Musk, whose tweet in late January triggered a surge of interest in the service. Mark Zuckerberg followed, then Drake and other celebrities. Such endorsements are gold, and Clubhouse’s audience quickly grew.