LinkedIn to launch audio events later this month

As part of its new events platform, LinkedIn will be launching the live audio feature it had been working on last year. Microsoft-owned LinkedIn stated last March that it was conducting “early testing to create unique audio experiences connected to your professional identities.” TechCrunch states that LinkedIn’s all-virtual event platform will eventually include moderated panel discussions, roundtables and fireside chats. Formats are left up to the event host.

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Virtual events will be created using LinkedIn’s tools. Event participants may be able to communicate with one another during and after the live events. The video version will be available in the spring. TechCrunch reports saying that LinkedIn does not plan on including ticketed events where organizers might charge access fees, unlike other companies using audio chat features like Twitter’s Spaces. The Verge contacted LinkedIn for comment but didn’t respond immediately.

While Clubhouse attracted a large audience during the pandemic (it was open to everyone, even those who have not been invited), it has been overshadowed by established social media platforms in recent months. Twitter started testing Spaces with a small audience in December 2020 and made it more accessible last year. Facebook introduced Greenroom, its live audio app, in June, and Facebook added Live Audio Rooms in June. Discord launched its Stage Channels in March.

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