Some Clubhouse users got a surprise feature in their favorite app, but it didn’t take long for this world. A new UI element called “backchannel” appeared briefly before disappearing at the end of last week, signaling the faithful Clubhouse to a new area of the app and generating lots of chatter from users ready for more ways to connect. .
While the secondary channel screen was totally blank without even a text entry box, it appears that the company is working to develop the text chat feature that Clubhouse CEO Paul Davison previously discussed at a company council.
“…. I think there are so many people who do DM return channels all the time, so many people who want to deepen their friendships and relationships with people and do all kinds of things; I think this is something we should have, ”Davison said.
The Clubhouse co-founder went on to say that building the feature to suit application use cases will not be trivial and would not happen immediately. He also declined to elaborate on whether the app would add traditional one-on-one direct messages or a more open group text chat feature.
When contacted for comment, Clubhouse did not dissuade TechCrunch from the assumption that a messaging feature is right around the corner, but did issue a coy statement.
“As part of our product creation process, Clubhouse regularly scans and tests potential features,” a Clubhouse spokesperson told TechCrunch. “These functions sometimes become part of the application, sometimes they don’t.”
Spotify’s new Clubhouse copycat app Greenroom offers its own live text chat room that users can access by swiping right on the app, giving it a bit of flexibility that Clubhouse still has. to offer. By the looks of Clubhouse’s secondary channel feature, it also lives in a swipe-to-access window, though this is obviously subject to change.