LinkedIn is building an audio-based networking tool that looks like similar to the trendy social media app Clubhouse.
Social media researcher Alessandro Paluzzi found a mock-up of the new feature’s user interface by rummaging through the backend of LinkedIn’s mobile app. After he posted about it on Twitter, the company confirmed that the feature was in development.
“We’re doing some early tests to create a unique audio experience connected to your professional identity,” LinkedIn wrote in a statement. “And, we’re looking at how we can bring audio to other parts of LinkedIn such as events and groups, to give our members even more ways to connect to their community.”
The user interface looks similar to that of Clubhouse, a trendy new app that allows users to host and take part in spoken conversations on specific topics. The app has attracted a number of celebrity users in the tech and entertainment worlds, and is open by invitation only, creating an aura of exclusivity.
Clubhouse, which launched less than a year ago by two Silicon Valley developers, already has millions of users and a valuation of roughly $1 billion.
LinkedIn told TechCrunch that the feature will offer an additional mode of interaction for professional communities who connect through existing features like Groups and Events.
“Our priority is to build a trusted community where people feel safe and can be productive,” a LinkedIn representative told the news site. “Our members come to LinkedIn to have respectful and constructive conversations with real people and we’re focused on ensuring they have a safe environment to do just that.”
The firm didn’t say when the app would debut, but considering Twitter and Facebook have both said they’re working on similar apps, the project is likely on a fast track.