Clubhouse has introduced a new text messaging feature called Backchannel, allowing users to chat to each other in writing while simultaneously chatting to each other verbally. The social media app’s big point of difference may be that it’s audio-based, but even Clubhouse can’t deny the practical benefits of being able to shoot off a quick DM.
Here’s how to send a text message in Clubhouse.
Tap the paper airplane icon in the bottom right corner of the screen.
Tap the pen and paper icon in the top right corner of the screen.
Type the name of the person you want to chat to and select them. If you’re following their profile, they’ll appear. You can also add more than one name, forming a group chat of up to 15 people.
Hit Done and the text chat will open, ready for you to type in your written missives.
You can also message people that you don’t follow. Simply navigate to their profile and click the paper airplane icon to the left of the follow button.
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This doesn’t mean you have full access to spam the Bee Movie script to everyone on the app though. If your recipient doesn’t follow you then your messages will appear in their Requests tab, and users can turn off message requests from people they don’t follow.
Backchannel currently has no image or video sharing and you can’t react to messages, leaving it markedly less robust than Twitter and Facebook’s direct messaging systems. However, Clubhouse has stated that it intends to update Backhannel to include more features in the future.