Taptalk – Another Snapchat Clone but FASTER!!!
There’s a new contender in the Ephemeral Instant messaging arena and it’s called Taptalk. The app, which is available on both the iOS and Android, might be dubbed by critics as just another Snapchat clone, however, it has distinctive differences.
Taptalk in essence, just like its rivals, enables users to share media extremely fast. It accomplishes this by integrating your Facebook friends list to its user interface. The user interface for Taptalk is quite simple as it contains your Facebook contacts arranged in a grid at the bottom half of the screen with a camera viewfinder encompassing the top half.
Onno Faber, Taptalk’s founder, has given some insight into why certain things were done in a particular fashion for the messaging software:
“We wanted to make a messenger built from the ground up for a smartphone. The idea is to replace the old-style Nokia keyboard, and after that, the smartphone keyboard, with a one-button experience.The smartphone is capable of sending something meaningful in one tap.”
To send a picture, all you have to do is just tap on your friend’s face, which will automatically take the picture via the front or rear facing camera as shown in the viewfinder and Voilà! If you want to send video message, you have to tap and hold the face of the individual you’re interested in sending the video to. Users can also add textual context to media if they wish to do so.
Unlike Snapchat, Taptalk is significantly faster at sending messages as it does not bog the user down by putting speed breakers along the photo sending process, such as presenting a camera shutter button, then asking for confirmation, then the friend’s name and finally a send button.
However, users have to be very careful in whom they are tapping because the whole process is irreversible as Taptalk is oblivious of an unsend button.
Taptalk started becoming progressively popular after it was first reviewed by Product Hunt, which researches and reviews latest groundbreaking tech apps and websites. Recently, it acquired financing from SV Angel – one of Silicon Valley high profile investing firm which help develop startups.
They say imitation is the best form of flattery. In that reference, a rumor has been circulating which suggests that Facebook is interested in integrating some of the nifty features of Taptalk, into their messaging app.
This is all good progress considering the company has less that 1,000 downloads of its app on the iOS and the Android. We will just have to wait and see if this app manages to dethrone Snapchat. Signs definitely look good!