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How the Copycats Came for Clubhouse

By Kate Conger

21 Dec 2021 · 6 min read

In December 2020, Chris Barnett bought his first iPhone at the insistence of his friends. They told him he needed to get on Clubhouse, an invitation-only audio app that was available only on iPhones.

He was known in his circle for hosting a fantasy basketball league, and they wanted him to join the basketball discussions they were having on Clubhouse. Once he signed up on his new phone, Barnett gained a modest following and started a discussion club about the National Basketball Association that grew to more than 4,000 members.

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