In the world of Social Startups, everyone wants to be the next [insert your favorite social platform] here. Every once and a while something completely original makes it’s way into the conversation.
Today that “thing” is LiveText, a new social app brought to us by Yahoo.
What is “LiveText’?
LiveText is a fun new messaging app that features a live video feed with a text overlay. Think of it as a two way version of Periscope with no sound. It does not support links or other media and your conversation deletes itself forever once you are done. Yesterday, Engadget called it a “Messaging App For The Snapchat Generation“, but be clear… this is no Snapchat, this app is all about the one on one connection in which you happen to become a [M]emoji (yeah I made up a word).
It is a deliberate attempt on behalf of Yahoo to get the arena of social messaging and contend with the likes of Snapchat, Periscope and Facebook Messenger. Yahoo has the historic credibility, but are they innovative enough to make noise with a silent video app?
By the way… scroll all the way to the bottom to see the Periscope version of this post on Katch.me/UrbanJibaro
Ok… Tell me more…
So it is available in US, UK, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland Taiwan & France, on both Android and IOS platforms. This app is a
Signing up is easy… here is the quick getting started guide
– Start the signup process by verifying your mobile number.
– Give LiveText access to your camera.
– Pick your screename – mine is UrbanJibaro
– Add a profile pic (no “annonymous eggheads” allowed)
– Add friends by username or invite friends from your contact list.
Now your ready to go live… and when you start texting a friend know that you are live. The video starts using the front facing camera and can be switched by tapping the screen.
So what do you think? Would you try it?
Can Yahoo become a major player and capture the attention of Millennials and as well as the Gen Z population, the most coveted segments in social?
Let us know in the comment section below.
Check out my Scope too while you are at it.