Now that it’s rolling out widely, Clubhouse is getting criticised for being iOS-only. I don’t care much for or about Clubhouse, but it put me in mind of this episode from 2010 when Paul and I caused a bit of a stir for actively blocking Internet Explorer. I’d completely forgotten about this until seeing an irate tweet about Clubhouse, and was transported back to January 2010, sitting in a computer lab (imagine!) at Trinity, gleefully scrolling through absurdly angry forum posts and blog comments.
It made ‘business sense’, probably, to focus on the browsers our likely early-adopters most use. And we probably took some pleasure in being opinionated and snobbish. Our messaging around it was juvenile and I, I hope, would be more accessibility-minded today. (Whom are we refusing to serve when we block IE or Android?)