LinkedIn will add Clubhouse-style audio events this month

Video versions will arrive this spring, but LinkedIn doesn't currently have plans for ticketed events.

Nov 17, 2019 San Francisco / CA / USA - LinkedIn headquarters in SoMa district; LinkedIn is an American business and employment-oriented service owned by Microsoft (Sundry Photography via Getty Images)

LinkedIn has been working on a Clubhouse-style live audio room feature since at least last March. It's now set to roll that out this month as part of a new events platform.

The plan is to let organizers host virtual round tables, fireside chats and other kinds of discussions as they see fit, LinkedIn told TechCrunch. Hosts will be able to moderate discussions, while attendees will be able to speak with each other during events and afterward. Events will run on in-house tools that LinkedIn has built.

At the outset, LinkedIn is hoping members of its thriving creator community (those who develop and share content on topics like career development) will host events. Down the line, LinkedIn is aiming to get larger organizations involved in running events.

A screenshot showing how LinkedIn Audio Events will look, with hosts given prominence and attendees listed below.

A video version of the feature will be available in the spring. Organizers ostensibly won't be able to charge for access for the time being, as LinkedIn doesn't currently have plans for ticketed events.

Clubhouse exploded in popularity when it debuted during the onset on the COVID-19 pandemic and people who were stuck at home were looking for ways to connect with each other remotely (the invite-only approach created an air of exclusivity too). Other major tech companies created their own versions of live audio rooms, including Facebook, Twitter and Discord. LinkedIn might be slightly late to the party, but its take on the format might prove a success in the long run, with many of its users eager to learn from those who are willing to share their knowledge, experience and insights.