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- [Narrator] The latest social network is a cross between old fashioned talk radio and high school extra-curricular activities. Meet Clubhouse, an audio-only social media app that's getting a lot of buzz, but how does Clubhouse work and why should you spend your time there? Also, how can you even get in? You see, Clubhouse is invite only and there are just two ways to join. You can add your name to the wait list, or ask a contact who's already on there to invite you. Right now, it's only available on iOS. So if you have an Android smartphone or want to use it on a laptop, you'll just have to wait. The founder said they chose this approach because they wanted to take things slowly and manage growth. And this exclusivity strategy has created a lot of demand for the club. Once you're in and set up your profile, you select your interests and, like other social networks, find people to follow. The search function lets you discover users and clubs which are the recurring sessions organized by topic. Those are things you can sign up to. But you'll notice one big difference from the other social channels. On Clubhouse, you communicate by talking, there's no video or text. It's all about what you have to say and how you listen. The main feed on Clubhouse is called The Hallway and you can browse The Hallway for sessions like clubs or rooms you'd like to join. Or you can start a room of your own. Rooms can be public or private, and each room has a moderator who controls the action from the stage or the top part of the feed. That's also where you'll see the avatars of the speakers who are participating. Say you join a chat on digital marketing, you'll be placed in the audience and can listen. And if you have a question or something to say, just hit the Raise Your Hand button on the bottom right and the moderator could bring you up on the stage to speak. It's up to the moderators to make sure the content is safe, control the flow of the conversation, and ensure people are treated well on the app. I've been to some rooms where I've learned a lot and I've been to others where the organizers were just trying to peddle their wares. I left those ones fast using the Leave Quietly button on the bottom left. Will the no-record, audio-only social network format last? Well, it's too soon to tell but Twitter is testing a similar product called Spaces, a Clubhouse-like offering you'll find near the top of your mobile feed. My take? Right now, Clubhouse feels spontaneous. Similar to the experience you might find at an in-person event. It's easy to drop in or out of a conversation without the pressure of video. The key is to pick a topic that appeals to you and not be afraid to leave quickly if you're not getting what you want.