The Clubhouse audio chat app, accessible by invitation only for now, made headlines recently, for hosting conversations with Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg to inspire a “black market” for invitations.
The app bills itself as a “space for one-time audio conversation” with friends and founders.
And the question on many people’s minds is simple: How do I get there? Here is your step by step guide to joining Clubhouse.
How to get an invitation
The easiest and fastest way to access the platform is to be invited by a friend who already has a Clubhouse account.
Initial Clubhouse users receive 2 invitations. As long as your friend has your phone number, they can send you an invitation to download the app with that phone number. And voila, you are a member of the Clubhouse.
There’s also the ability to scroll through the wait list, a slower process but one that anyone can do, not just people with friends or connections who are already on the app. Once users move to the top of the queue line, they are eligible for invitations as well.
Clubhouse wrote in its description on the Apple App Store: “Anyone can get it [un invito] subscribing to the waiting list or asking an existing user for one “.
While the only legitimate ways to get into the Clubhouse are through an invitation or the waitlist, some would-be users are taking matters into their own hands and selling invitations.
In early February, Insider reported, a black market for invitations for sale on sites like Twitter and Craigslist popped up when Elon Musk tweeted that he would be talking on the app. Insider reported that some Chinese citizens were paying up to 65 euros for a Clubhouse invitation. Clubhouse did not immediately respond to a request for clarification as to whether the purchase or sale of invitations violates its terms of service, so it is not recommended to purchase an invitation until the company explains if the accounts sold are at risk of being closed.
However, users likely won’t need invitations forever – an insider reported in February that Clubhouse hopes to move to an open access model as soon as possible.