We're experimenting with a range of room types, from fully public to fully private. Here are the main ones:
- Open rooms. Anyone can join the room. Open rooms are popular for hosting public conversations, shows, or meeting lots of new people, and this is the default setting for all rooms in Clubhouse.
- Social rooms. It's nice to have an audience, but sometimes you might prefer to have more intimate conversations with just the people you know and trust. With Social mode, only the people you follow will be allowed in the room. If you want to open the room up to more people, you can add other people as moderators, and the people they follow will be allowed to join too. It's like a real-world party!
- Closed rooms. With Closed (or private) rooms, only people you specifically add to the room can join. We hope that Closed rooms will be helpful when you are looking to have more private conversations, or want to talk with a smaller group but haven't yet set up a club for it. When you start a Closed room, you can always ping in more people or open it up to either a social or open room, so it's also a good way to start a conversation!
- Welcome rooms. These are created for new users when they first sign up. If someone in your friend circle joins Clubhouse, you may get a notification to join a welcome room—a private room where you and 2-3 other friends of the new user can help orient them to Clubhouse. You can also open the room to the public. If you see welcome rooms in your feed, feel free to jump in and say hi!