Facebook has been spotted testing a feature which might allow users to start a private audio room with their friends.
Ever since Clubhouse has gained popularity, a number of social media platforms have been looking at options to gain ground in this medium. Joining the bandwagon is Facebook, which is also looking to launch Clubhouse-like products to take on the new social media frenzy, audio chat rooms.
Facebook has been spotted testing a feature which might allow users to start a private audio room with their friends. This will most likely be part of Messenger Rooms that Facebook launched last year.
We have seen a screenshot that was posted by developer Alessandro Paluzzi (via Social Media Today), and as per this, there are three options for ‘Rooms’. One of these is audio wherein users can start a private audio room with friends.
And then, there is also another option for live audio that is to broadcast an audio-only room to listeners. We can say that this will be another part of Facebook’s Clubhouse-like experiment. This new audio rooms feature is currently in testing and we do not know when it will be officially launched for all users.
Just last month, Bloomberg already said that Facebook will possibly incorporate its audio chat product with Messenger Rooms. With this, users will be able to start a video chat room, and invite people to join. This is being looked as a competitor to Zoom. We can see the same being applied to Clubhouse which is one of the hottest social networking apps at present.
It needs to be mentioned here that Clubhouse is still invite-based, and available only on iOS with an Android version in the works. This app is closing in on 13 million downloads within a year of its launch. Clubhouse already has a major competitor, Twitter Spaces and it is expected to be available for all users soon. And even as we speak, Clubhouse copies are being developed but products from players like Facebook and Twitter would be the ones to watch out for.