Messaging Applications has passed about 5 billion mark collectively for the active users. With Facebook and WhatsApp on track has passed to 2 billion users. With the messaging popularity of showing no sign of simply slowing down, a new application is coming to the fray in hopes of catching the wave.
Yahoo has recently launched a new Android and iOS messaging application, which is known as Squirrel. It is made mainly by focusing on the friend, family, and work groups who need to exchange their messages or share their photos, links, or other media.
The main key with the Squirrel is that usage to any of group is by invitation-only. It means that you can invite people with just a link, no need to use your wider set of contacts as the process of opting up new group members. It is a critical detail, given for both Yahoo’s reputation in wake of its huge data breach, the couple of years ago. The fact that some may now be revolving off to how much data messaging-dominant platforms such as Facebook might have about you, starting with your address book.
Squirrel is just expecting to discovery traction by simply digging into group experience first. Rather than just providing another direct messaging option for users with group option tacked onto that.
It works simply like old-style IRC, or if you like the new-style Slack, minus hundreds of applications integrations. Those in the group get usage to the main room, and have an option of making side-rooms for distinct topics of conversation threads that can potentially cover up 1:1 conversations.
Rooms, which are not pertinent to you can be simply muted, and those who are set administration access can drive out “blasts”, or even alerts for the priority messages. All the activity in the group gets logged in distinct feed, which highlights all your mentions.
From what I recognize, some of what Yahoo is trying to fix is build new product how it sees people sharing content as well as conversations in groups in email and it’s another communications products.
The notion will be to retain product in a semi-closed, invite-only mode while Yahoo stays to tweak it, with the plan being to roll it out widely, making an ability to begin the new group and open to anyone. We will update you with more as we will learn it.