Social audio

Updated: 12/10/2023 by Computer Hope
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The term social audio or voice-based social media describes a social networking service where members interact using their voices instead of text. On these platforms, users can record themselves describing a story, recent events, or a trending topic. These platforms also allow their members to host rooms where everyone participating can talk to others or listen to others talking.


Social audio was featured as a top term of 2020.

Examples of social audio platforms

Below are examples of social audio platforms and other services with voice-based services.


Initially launched in March 2020 as an invite-only app, Clubhouse is an audio social network created by Paul Davison and Rohan Seth. The app allows users to speak with other users in virtual rooms that allow anyone to join, only followers, or as invite-only.

Twitter Spaces

In June 2020, Twitter introduced Twitter Spaces, a service that allows any member with more than 600 followers to host audio spaces.


After the popularity of Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces, Facebook introduced many new audio services in 2021. These features include the Facebook live audio rooms that allow Facebook users to talk with their Facebook friends.


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Discord has voice channels that allow users in the same chat server to communicate over voice instead of typing. This feature is beneficial when playing a computer game and users want to talk with other players in their group.

Spotify Greenroom

Spotify has introduced Spotify Greenroom, a service that allows creators to connect with fans and talk to them.

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