Messaging apps collectively upheld a 5 billion symbol for monthly active users last year, with Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger on lane now to pass 2 billion users apiece. With messaging’s recognition display no signs of negligence down, a new app is entering a ravel in hopes of throwing a wave. Yahoo has sensitively launched a new iOS and Android messaging app called Squirrel, focused privately on friend, family and work groups that wish to sell messages and share photos, links and other media.
The pivotal with Squirrel is that entrance to any organisation is by invitation-only. That is, we entice people with a link, no need to entrance your wider set of contacts as partial of a routine of picking adult new organisation members. That is a vicious detail, given both Yahoo’s repute in a arise of a large information moment a integrate of years ago; and a fact that some competence now be branch off to usually how many data messaging-dominant platforms like Facebook competence have about you, starting with your contacts.
Squirrel was initial speckled progressing by AndroidPolice, and Oath (Yahoo’s primogenitor company, that also owns TC) has given reliable to us that a app is in exam mode. The ability to flog off a review organisation is also now in invitation-only mode, and appears to need a Yahoo login to get started for now.
“At Oath, we’re always looking for artistic ways to supplement value to a members’ lives,” a orator pronounced in an emailed statement. “We listen closely and frequently exam new product ideas formed on investigate and feedback. Right now we’re experimenting with a new invite-only messaging app focused on improving organisation communication in bland life.”
Yahoo has had a churned lane record when it comes to messaging apps. Yahoo Messenger, initial launched 20 years ago in 1998, was one of a early movers and leaders in present messaging in a days when it was especially a computer-based discuss service. But like other services in that initial era of messaging, a purpose and functions were quickly surpassed by faster and some-more organic mobile-based services, and privately mobile messaging apps (notably, WhatsApp was combined by ex-Yahoo employees).
In a years since, Yahoo has had assuage (but distant from blockbuster) success with Yahoo Messenger on mobile, that currently ranks during 160 on iOS and 117 on Android in a amicable networking category, according to App Annie. Other attempts during building new messaging products have been short-lived.
Messaging can be a tough bulb to crack.
Squirrel is anticipating to find traction by digging into a organisation knowledge initial rather than charity nonetheless another proceed messaging choice to users with a organisation choice tacked onto that.
It works a small like old-style IRC, or, if we like, new-style Slack, reduction a hundreds of app integrations. Those in a organisation get entrance to a categorical room, and have a choice of formulating side-rooms for apart topics or review threads, that can potentially embody 1:1 conversations.
Rooms that are not applicable to we can be muted, and those who are given administration entrance can send out “blasts”, or alerts for priority messages. All activity in a organisation also gets logged in a apart feed that highlights your mentions.
From what we understand, some of what Yahoo is perplexing to do is build a new product around how it sees people already pity calm and conversations in groups in email and a other communications products.
It’s not a usually one spotting that opportunity. In further to a organisation facilities of many mobile messaging apps, Facebook — in a new pull for “community” — has been expanding and revamping a possess proceed to groups opposite a operation of products. There are also a satisfactory series of group-first apps, with business-user options including a likes of Slack and Teams, and those for consumers including GroupMe. Is there room for a small Squirrel in a timberland of apps?
The thought will be to keep a product in a semi-closed, invite-only mode while Yahoo continues to tweak it, with a devise being to hurl it out some-more widely, creation a ability to start a new organisation open to anyone. We’ll refurbish with some-more as we learn it.