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LinkedIn will launch audio programs later this month

LinkedIn will launch audio programs later this month

The live audio feature LinkedIn confirmed it was working on last year will reportedly debut in beta later this month as part of the company's new events platform. Microsoft-owned LinkedIn said last March that it was conducting "early tests to create a unique audio experience tied to your professional identity." According to TechCrunch, LinkedIn's all-virtual events platform will eventually include moderated panel-style discussions, roundtables and fireside chats, with the format left to the event host.

The virtual events will be built on LinkedIn's in-house tools, and event participants will potentially be able to interact with each other during and after the live event. The video version is expected to be available later in the spring. TechCrunch reports that unlike other companies with audio chat features, such as Twitter's Spaces, LinkedIn does not plan to include ticketed events, where organizers can charge for access. LinkedIn did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Verge.

While the clubhouse attracted a large audience during the pandemic with its invite-only audio programs (it's now open to all, even those without an invitation to attend), in recent months It has been overshadowed by competitors of established social platforms. Twitter began testing its space for a limited audience in December of 2020 (and made it more widely available last year); Spotify introduced its live audio app, Greenroom, and Facebook added its Live Audio Rooms in June; And Discord launched its Stage channels last March.

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