Join clubhouse can feels like orienting your first year of college: no one has been there very long, and everyone wants to make a good impression. The social scene involves a lot of wandering from room to room in search of interesting conversations. When Clubhouse was launched last spring, the process was more like a house party: looking in the rooms where most people gather. Now, with ten million users growing, it can be very trying and wrong to find your niche in Clubhouse.
The most important way to navigate through Clubhouse is by following other people. Compiling a quality list is important because the app recommends rooms based on who you follow. By following the right people, people can open doors for new conversations. (Following in the footsteps of the wrong people can lead to an avalanche of useless push notifications.) To begin with, Clubhouse asks new users to choose a few interests – options include crypto, fashion, geopolitics, spirituality, Burning Man – and then recommend people and clubs to follow. .
Twitter and Instagram have a similar login process: Welcome to the app; here’s who’s popular. But unlike on Twitter and Instagram, where someone’s profile is also a preview of how it might follow, you can not just browse through someone’s recent clubhouse chats. You can not see how many conversations someone has presented or participated in or how many people liked to listen to them. You have to wait until they enter a room, listen for a while and then decide if it’s the deluge of notifications sent by Clubhouse every time they move the app.
Vahe Hovhannisyan, a software engineer who joined Clubhouse about a month ago, found everything frustrating. He started by following a few tech people, which he regretted. “The only rooms I would see were about bitcoin,” he says. Then he joined Clubhouse’s Armenian club, which produces rooms full of Armenian and bitcoin. Hovhannisyan felt that there should be a better way to find interesting people on the app without randomly joining rooms or listening to hours of irrelevant conversations. He searched online for a list of popular accounts but found nothing.
Therefore, Hovhannisyan decided to create a ranking with the accounts most followed, which was the only proxy for good interlocutors. Clubhouse does not have a public API, so Hovhannisyan could not retrieve data directly from the app; instead, he created his own database by looking at who the clubhouse founders, Paul Davison and Rohan Seth, follow. He identified some of Clubhouse’s power users, drew a sample of 5,000 of them, drew their following lists, and then generate from the pool a list of accounts that each had millions of followers.
Hovhannisyan published his list of the top 200 clubhouse users on Read This Twice, a book recommendation website he runs in his spare time. According to his score, the founders are Seth and Davison, who have 4.6 and 4.1 million fans respectively; the comedian Tiffany Haddish (3.4 million); Felicia Horowitz (3.2 million), a philanthropist and the wife of venture capitalist Ben Horowitz (2.8 million); the actor Jared Leto (3.1 million); the venture capitalist Marc Andreessen (2.9 million); and Bomani X (3 million), a guitarist and digital strategist whose avatar was short the icon for the app. Among the 20 best accounts on Hovhannisyan’s list are six venture capitalists, five well-known artists and three employees in clubhouse.
Some of these people are in fact the most productive users of Clubhouse, and those who deserve the best. Horowitz is known for her “dinner” on Saturday night, which regularly features guests such as MC Hammer (72,000 followers) and Oprah Winfrey (whose account apparently no longer exists). The leaderboard also includes people like Elon Musk (1.6 million) who appear less frequently in clubhouse but make a big splash when they do; their followers get a head start on when they start a room and can make sure they sit down. Others do not have much presence at all. Jared Leto, for example, does not have a clubhouse cinema, is not a member of any clubs and uses a stack of pancakes as his avatar.