Clubhouse, the audio social network that fascinates and worries

The mask ? No thanks. The vaccine ? Surely not ! Social distancing? So much 2020. This February 24, we meet with friends at the Cotton Club. It listens to old standards, it sings, it itches the guitar, and closing your eyes, you almost think you’re back in the 1920s. No Duke Ellington on stage, the host’s name is Bomani X. Like every week , we are playing sold out this Wednesday, and the thousands of spectators would not fit in a smoky jazz club. But there, no rush: everyone is at home.

This is also the Clubhouse madness: beautiful moments of music, comedy or meetings for all those who, in this Covid period, are eager to talk to each other, to listen to each other, to get along and, yes, to share the “plonk-plonk” of their guitars.

A tremendous runaway

Launched a year ago, the audio social network has taken off like a rocket in recent weeks, boosted by an appearance of Elon Musk, the boss of Tesla, on the 1er February. Overnight, the number of users grew from 3 to 5 million, with more than 10 million downloads to date. On the Apple App Store, the application is in the lead in Germany, Italy and Japan. Not bad for a “club” where you still have to be invited by a member to be admitted.

From one country to another, rooms conversation times vary. In the United States, the geeks from Silicon Valley, who initially dominated, now share the limelight with activists

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