Clubhouse, where members join virtual rooms to have live, unscripted discussions, said Wednesday that it will no longer be invite-only or operate a waitlist to join the app. All iOS and Android users in the United States and abroad can now sign up.
“The invite system has been an important part of our early history,” Davison and Seth wrote in a blog post Wednesday. They also said adding people in waves has helped to “grow Clubhouse in a measured way.”
According to data from Sensor Tower, which tracks mobile apps, Clubhouse has seen a significant decrease in monthly iOS downloads in recent months from its peak of 9.6 million downloads in February to just 719,000 in May. Overall, the app has reached approximately 29.8 million installs globally across the App Store and Google Play, according to Sensor Tower.
But Clubhouse suggested engagement on the platform remains strong.
“We know there will be many more ups and downs as we scale, and competition from the large networks will be fierce. But we believe the future is created by optimists — and we’re excited to keep working to build a different kind of social network,” Davison and Seth wrote.