Clubhouse has announced the rollout of one of its most-requested features – direct messaging – to all users on all platforms.
Clubhouse users can now use DMs to message friends and connections, share room links, and interact with their audience, allowing for “deeper relationship building, collaboration, and networking on the app.” For the time being, users will only be able to share text, but the company is working on expanding to allow them to send and receive images, videos, stickers, and more in future updates.
Backchannel allows direct messaging between contacts 1-on-1 or in groups, and has two inboxes – one for messages from people within a user’s network, and a separate one that includes message requests for approval.
My hat? Tipped
My mic? Flashed
My messaging? Direct.
After we unintentionally leaked their feature 5 times, here's our beloved engineering team introducing the new Clubhouse Backchannel 🥰 pic.twitter.com/3bPHeGxQaZ
— Clubhouse (@Clubhouse) July 14, 2021
Accessing a chat thread in a room is as easy as swiping left or tapping on the paper plane icon at the bottom left corner of the screen.
With the new feature, Clubhouse members will be able to discuss in real-time with other hosts or room participants – or ask a speaker questions privately. This can be quite convenient for both audience and speakers, as well as for co-hosts, as it allows for a “backchannel” discussion where comments, questions, and planning notes can be exchanged.
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