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Clubhouse introduces private chat function, Wave

Clubhouse has launched Wave, a feature that allows users to create a private chat.

The announcement:

You may have noticed that here at Clubhouse, we’re big fans of a certain emoji. Ok, we’re obsessed. That’s because a wave is a universal way to connect and start a conversation, the foundation of the Clubhouse experience.

Here on Clubhouse, more than 700,000 rooms are created every single day. Many of these are the communal moments you know and love, like coming together to give flowers or stopping by a regular morning news show. But it’s often the smaller private moments amongst friends that put smiles on faces: birthdays, long-overdue catch-ups, watching a movie long-distance, making plans for the weekend, or just hanging out on a Thursday night.

To help you create more of these small, special moments, we’re introducing Wave!

Here’s how it works: When you see your friends roaming the hallways on Clubhouse and want to start a casual conversation, all you have to do is Wave at them — just like in real life.

To send a Wave, swipe right on the Hallway or tap the dots icon at the bottom left of the screen. Then tape the wave button next to the person you’d like to chat with. They’ll get a notification that you said hello, and know that you’re open to chatting. If they are too, they can join a private room with you — open just to the people you waved at. You can keep it to one social circle, introduce friends from different groups to each other, or open the room up more broadly and make it for everyone.

The best part is you can Wave at as many friends as you like, and you can do other things while you’re waiting for them to respond. Explore the hallways, find more friends to wave at, or jump into some rooms! The tiny Wave bar will come along with you, in case you decide you can’t talk anymore and need to cancel your waves. And if you background the app, we’ll pause your waves so you don’t get pulled into a room without realizing it.

Wave is available today on both Android and iOS, and is open to everyone in the Clubhouse community. We hope you love it as much as we do (also… please send us bug reports – we love feedback!).

Source: Clubhouse media release

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