Thea’s Beginner’s Guide to Clubhouse
Hey so I am back with a super short (not exhaustive) post for anyone new to Clubhouse. In case you missed it, my last post was my 1-week-in post, this one is a sort of follow on as beginner’s guide to Clubhouse. What is it? It is like the world’s largest virtual house party where there are different rooms for every imaginable topic under the sun. There is more than one Clubhouse, so take note, you want the one with the waving hand.
Though I said “house party”, the word conference feels like a better description for me personally – because Clubhouse has hallways, stages and moderators. It’s next level group chat.
The Basics: Clubhouse 101
Profile Photo: Like every other social platform, Clubhouse allows you to have a profile photo. Make it a good one. Especially consider using a real headshot as people buy people, and this is a platform to connect with people on. To stand out amongst the sea of circles in a room, you can add a shape around your face, or have a bright transparent background. Some people choose black and white photos. Many people change their profile regularly. (I’ve have a variety of them depending on the room I am in)
Personal Bio: In Clubhouse, you can have a really long bio. Sure, tell your story, but maybe don’t make it too long. For brevity, consider including emojis in your bio. I’ve opted to use them as bullet points to make it easier for people to scan my bio. I’ve also included ways to connect with me (highlighting my LinkTree and Linkedin as un-clickable links for now).
Social Media: You can not link to any website at present, but you can connect your Clubhouse profile to Twitter and Instagram at present. Hopefully Linkedin soon. That seems to be the one channel people really want to be able to funnel people toward.
Search: Hit the magnifying glass top left to search for people and clubs. I personally found the search to be a bit lack lustre. You can type in topics to find like minded people and I have even heard you can even search for emojis. I tried with the Scottish Saltire flag and it didn’t work too well.
The Clubhouse Lingo
- Room: A room can be large or small and started by anyone on any topic you fancy. You have 3 options: Closed, Open and Social. You can even schedule a room in advance. Then you can share the link on social media or share via message in order to attract others to join. Once you run a room three times, with the same name/time etc you can apply to have a club.
- Calendar: There is a Clubhouse Calendar that will show your events and any events you’re following.
- Club: A Clubhouse club is an interest-based group that you can join or even create your own. You can spot them by the green house icon. You can apply to have up to two clubs on Clubhouse after running a room for three weeks in a row.
Want to start your own Clubhouse club? Go here. I have heard they’re going to making it so you can apply within the app so that is coming any time now. NOTE: People can see the clubs you’re in at the bottom of your bio.
- Mods: Every room will have at least one moderator on stage. That person can give moderator status to anyone they choose or remain the only mod. The people who are moderators have a green icon with an asterisk under their name. Moderators have full privileges so be careful who. you give the power to.
- Hallway: You have a home feed like any channel – which will show you what rooms are currently running. If a room shows up in your feed that you’re not interested, simply swipe right to hide.
- Mic: As soon as you get asked up on stage or to be a speaker, a microphone appears. Hit it to mute yourself straight away.
- Mic flashing: If you see a flashing mic it signifies applause or agreement with what is being said.
- Stage: The area at the top of the screen is referred to as the stage. When you enter a room you are not able to speak straight away – until you either raise your hand (hand icon at the bottom right) and get called up to the stage, or if the moderator invites you up to speak.
- Tiers: After the stage level there is the 2nd level for people “followed by the speakers” (it’s sort of instant credibility). Then it’s “Others in the room” which can effectively be thousands.
- PTR/Reset: You’ll often hear the moderators say they’re going to “reset the room” which basically means they’re dragging their finger down the screen to update it. PTR means Pull to Refresh.
- Leave Quietly: If you do not like the discussion, or find it at all interesting, you can simply back out of the virtual room by clicking the leave quietly button at the bottom of the screen. Other things to know When you join you have the party hat (aka popper) below your name for 7 days. That’s how you can spot a newbie.
- Invites: You automatically get a few invites when you join. The more your engage on the platform, the more invites you get. So join rooms, raise your hand and speak, start your own rooms and even consider setting up your own club.
What Are Your Thoughts On Clubhouse?
Have I missed anything? What would you add to the beginner’s guide to Clubhouse? What do you find so awesome about it? Let me know in the comments below.
You may find this Clubhouse Guide useful for further more detailed reading.