Having received an estimated 8 million downloads since its inception, Clubhouse continues to enjoy great popularity around the world and even outside of its original technology-centric seed community.
The latest news comes from East Asia, where Korean media reported this morning that the country’s current Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun has officially joined the social audio app under the username @gyunvely, making him one of the world’s leading political leaders makes the burgeoning app. His account was created on Valentine’s Day (February 14th) and “nominated” by a user named TJ Park (clubhouse has no verified profiles).
So far, the Prime Minister has garnered a little under 500 followers and is tracking a little under 200 accounts, which may indicate the current reach of the app in one of the most mobile and connected digital economies in the world. His clubhouse biography reads “노란 잠바 그 아저씨” or “That Yellow Jacket Guy”, a reference to the Korean civil defense uniform that politicians wear in times of crisis (such as during the COVID-19 pandemic) and which is currently used in cartoon form – as Chung’s profile picture.
According to local media reports, Chung spoke to Jung Cheong-rae, a member of the Korean Democratic Party, in a clubhouse room for over an hour. In a public Facebook post yesterday, the Prime Minister said, “I heard that [app] is ‘hot’ these days so I tried it as a night walk. “
He continued, “I was a little shocked by the unexpected questions and reactions, but the new experience was pleasant. I think I will attend from time to time in the future. “Explaining it, he said:” The fact that it is only audio and anyone can have a conversation without reservation made me think that it is a better communication tool than any other social media platform, especially since we are currently in the age of Non-facial live face-to-face communication. “
Discussions in the clubhouse room included questions about whether it really was him, as well as other bread-and-butter policy issues such as the high price of real estate and physical abuse in the sports world that have made headlines in the local media for the past few weeks .
While Clubhouse has become a fixture for tech freaks and every imaginable form of hustle culture connoisseur, the app has increasingly forays into politics that are hardly unknown to other social networks.
Miami’s Mayor Francis Suarez was at the clubhouse to sell his city’s tech industry potential. San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin participated in a “debate” on the platform about the future of SF, while NYC Mayor and UBI nerd Andrew Yang participated in a discussion about … himself. In the meantime, Bitcoin fan and traveling Tesla leader Elon Musk has even suggested bringing Vladimir Putin to the clubhouse for a live fireplace chat.
However, as the platform is expanding globally, the challenges for its openness and freedom, when moderated conversations are held, will be examined more closely. After a brief period of uncensored conversation, China has blocked the clubhouse within its borders.
As Clubhouse continues to gain mainstream legitimacy and interest, questions about the future of the app’s success continue to arise; B. How it will fund the developers and continue to thrive once the post-COVID-19 world opens.