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dandycat
dandycat

Twitter introducing Clubhouse features happened a lot sooner than I anticipated.

As Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr said, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.”1

  1. Except he said it in French with a cool French accent. [return]
frostedechoes
frostedechoes

@dandycat Yet here I am, just waiting for Micro.blog to launch Stories.

dandycat
dandycat

@frostedechoes Dare we try to make it happen?

Hey @manton, jump on the Clubhouse bandwagon. We could have micro rooms for micro discussions!

frostedechoes
frostedechoes

@dandycat I prefer it that @manton zigs when everybody else is zagging.

dandycat
dandycat

@frostedechoes You've got the right idea. This place is a bastion of sensibleness and peace. I'd much prefer iterations on what we have now, and not any of the new hotness.

w4rner
w4rner

@frostedechoes agreed. Too much bandwagoning on this internet thing.

pimoore
pimoore

@frostedechoes @manton

“... zigs when everybody else is zagging”

I feel like there’s a new indieweb slogan in this.

manton
manton

@frostedechoes @dandycat I'm always happy to hear suggestions and be inspired by other platforms! The problem so far is when I think about how this kind of stuff could work in Micro.blog, I can never come up with something I'd actually want to use myself. But I do want to do more with audio and video.

dandycat
dandycat

@manton I’d be okay with Micro.blog not becoming another Clubhouse clone. I’m not even sure how it would work necessarily. Furthermore, it kind of seems like a fad thing at the moment. Perhaps it’ll mature into something more substantial, but I don’t think it’s there yet.

It’s great to know that you’re interested in doing more with audio and video. That’s a great leaping off point for me to do some good brainstorming!

/@frostedechoes

Chirag
Chirag

@manton Funnily, I had a random thought a few days ago, that I could see a use case of running in its own instance of MB within an organisation (sort of), cultivating an internal community but still x-posting outward where the need makes sense. I was mapping out a solution to the problem in my head and realised that's what MB does at its core :)

Chirag
Chirag

@manton @frostedechoes @dandycat Yeah I can see some value and yet why Clubhouse can exist on its own (or maybe become an intergation but not in the traditional sense). Just blindly copying it over obviously makes everything look like stories and I don't see the value either. Glad audio-video will be expanding ... it would be interesting to foster the engagement around an audio piece for example.

cm
cm

@dandycat that was faster than I expected too. Wow. I really liked @jeroensangers thoughts on clubhouse. I felt the same way.

jeroensangers.com/2021/02/1...

I would prefer to see a version set up as a bar, where I can join a small table where everyone participates

If more audio and video is on the way here at micro.blog I get the feeling that it’ll be more of the “small table at the bar” vs. clubhouse.

w4rner
w4rner

@cm rate the small table at bar model. On the live video front, AirMeet.com took Zoom's breakout rooms and actually built a UI around tables with chairs (like an online poker tourney lol). Best audio-only experiences would be similar. Open rooms in Clubhouse are wack: way too diffuse.

manton
manton

@Chirag One question I think we need to answer is whether "live" audio has a place on Micro.blog. To be honest, I'm not sure! Live content can be ephemeral, but personally I'd want it recorded as a podcast.

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dandycat
dandycat

@cm This thought by @jeroensangers is a delightful one, and something I could get behind more than the less intimate way that Clubhouse does their thing. I don't know that the small table at a bar model would be quite as successful—you certainly wouldn't get hordes of VC bros joining up—but it would be more meaningful.

I agree with what @manton suggests: why not just do a podcast? Maybe those aren't as instant of a thing, but at least they could be more pleasant and intimate. And hey, you could even have new guests on all the time to share differing viewpoints and stories, à la Clubhouse. That could easily attain the feeling of a small, comfy bar table.

cm
cm

@w4rner oh, I'll check out airmeet. Thanks!

cm
cm

@dandycat I wrote up my thoughts on all this here Brewpubhouse. Really interesting perspectives here. Thanks for sharing everyone. I get the idea of "why not just do the podcast thing". That makes sense. And something more ad-hoc, and free form format could make sense too?

tingle
tingle

@manton one thing I was thinking about was: why not "host" live, drop in video chat? Requires no infrastructure or feature additions on the micro blog side, and might be an easy way to get a pulse on the community appetite for this type of communication.

dandycat
dandycat

@cm This was a fascinating read and a potentially great idea. Thank you so much for sharing the link to your post! I'm also not sure of the technical feasability of such a thing; this isn't my area of expertise. However, it's a unique thought, especially your first mental model, and it does make me long for in-person social interactions again.

Chirag
Chirag

@manton Yeah I'm in agreement there (although I'm biased :)). For what it's worth, here's a thought.

It would be interesting to post 'around' live audio. Clubhouse's own difficultly at the moment--they are working on it--is having a way to message speakers questions or such (other guests as well, but there's a privacy angle there to be worked out). So it would be interesting to be able to post about/around doing something live, which is an interesting use case since MB allows replying to a post without needing to be on a plan (not sure that's a good or desired thing though).

After the fact, then yeah it would just be the same as a podcast or any other post for that matter.