Clubhouse does not solve a problem or spark joy for me. It’s is a fun experiment that maybe destined for that nice farm out in the country. I waited a long time for access (h/t Ahmed for hooking me up), yet I stopped using Clubhouse about 3 days in. YMMV, but for me it was like listening to a frustratingly poorly produced, engineered, and edited podcast.
That 10-to-1 collapse in downloads suggests to me at least that Clubhouse isn’t going to thrive. If a growing userbase doesn’t lead to a growing number of would-be users, your troubles are just beginning. As people emerge from lockdowns, as everything returns to some semblance of normality, we’ll find out just where not-a-podcast stuff fits in to our lives. Meanwhile, the people at Clubhouse are very positive about everything. Naturally. To me, though, it feels like the wave has passed.
I’m happy for Clubhouse that they finally got an Android app out and wish them all the best, but it might be too little, too late. I deleted the iOS app a few weeks ago (but just reinstalled it to deactivate my account). I hold no interest in the competing products from Twitter, Facebook, and their ilk.