It feels like just about every major tech company is working on a clubhouse-style social audio feature – Twitter’s Spaces feature is now rolling out, Facebook is reportedly building one, Spotify is making one, Mark Cuban has one, even Slack comes into playBut now the idea of the shared audio space, which began largely at Clubhouse as an exclusive club for tech venture capitalists and elites, has come around. Professional social network LinkedIn is working on its own audio network function, the company confirmed TechCrunch
“We’re running some early tests to create a unique audio experience related to your professional identity,” LinkedIn said in a statement. TechCrunch“And we’re looking at how we can bring audio to other areas of LinkedIn, such as events and groups, to give our members even more ways to connect with their communities.” LinkedIn shared the same statement with The edge after we first published this article.
LinkedIn said the feature will begin beta testing soon. Below is a mock-up of what the feature might look like, with which LinkedIn has been shared TechCrunch. Like Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces, it features a podium with front and center speakers and a list of people in the audience lower on the screen.
LinkedIn has already worked to make itself a destination for creators with tools like a new Creator mode identifying you as a creator of LinkedIn content on your profile. A clubhouse-like function actually seems like a natural match.
Update March 30, 10:05 PM ET: Added that LinkedIn shared a statement.