American Clubhouse social audio app launches “wave” feature for private chats

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The American social audio app Clubhouse on Thursday launched a feature that allows users to virtually greet friends in its audio chat app only to show they are open to private chat, with the aim of expanding beyond public rooms that can accommodate thousands of listeners.

Clubhouse, which pioneered the “social audio” feature that has since been copied by Facebook and Twitter, wants to allow users to have private chats, co-founder and chief executive Paul Davison told Reuters.

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“A lot of people know us for more important conversations, but the reason people stay so long is to find their friends and meet new people,” he said in an interview.

Users of Clubhouse, which is backed by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, can ‘wave’ friends online in the app, and a private audio chat room will open when someone accepts the wave. The user can then invite more contacts to the private room, or choose to open the chat to the public, Clubhouse said.

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