LinkedIn will add Clubhouse-style audio events this month

LinkedIn has been working on a Clubhouse-style live audio room feature since at least last march. It is now set to launch this month as part of a new event platform.

The plan is to allow organizers to organize virtual round tables, fireside chats and other types of discussions as they see fit, LinkedIn said. TechCrunch. Hosts will be able to moderate the discussions, while attendees will be able to talk to each other during events and beyond. Events will run in built-in tools that LinkedIn has created.

In the beginning, LinkedIn expects members of its thriving community of creators (those who develop and share content on topics like career development) to host events. In the future, LinkedIn aims to involve larger organizations in hosting events.

A screenshot showing how LinkedIn audio events will appear, with hosts highlighted and attendees listed below.

LinkedIn

A video version of the feature will be available in the spring. Organizers apparently won’t be able to charge for access for now, as LinkedIn has no plans for ticketed events.

The Clubhouse exploded in popularity when it debuted during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and people who were stuck at home were looking for ways to connect remotely (the invite-only approach also created an air of exclusivity). Other big tech companies have created their own versions of live audio rooms, including Facebook, Twitter and Discord. LinkedIn may be a little late for the party, but its vision of the format could be a long-term success, with many of its users eager to learn from those willing to share their knowledge, experience and insights.

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