@aaronpk @Gargron I think Aaron's point is key - it's layering a social network on top of audio, giving a richer experience than just text, but not as heavy an experience as video (in a time when we're all sick of endless zoom calls).
Ben Thompson had an interesting piece on his Stratechery site about the rise of Clubhouse and others in "social audio": https://stratechery.com/2021/clubhouses-inevitability/
His main point being that these tools are making it even easier to discover, listen, and participate.
@aaronpk @Gargron Jeremiah Owyang also published a piece looking at the sheer number of companies jumping into this space, and some of the business models he sees: https://web-strategist.com/blog/2021/01/30/the-future-of-social-audio-startups-roadmap-business-models-and-a-forecast/
I think a key is that in our world of lockdowns and the sheer fatigue of the pandemic, many people are looking for ways to have connections. And audio provides a way to have a bit more than text.
My biggest doubt, though, is that these require *live* listening, and that's not always possible.
@danyork @aaronpk @Gargron That sounds a lot like an idea I had 2 years or so ago of a (federated obviously) social network that used voice messages instead of text ones to allow those with visual-impairment and dyslexia an easier time socialising. In the end, I couldn't find a decent way to record audio from within the browser at the time...
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