3 new chat apps to check out

Keeping in touch with people has never been easier, and here are three new apps to help you do it.

Yo

Free for iOs and Android

In what could be the dumbest app ever created, Yo bills itself as a “single tap, zero character communication tool.” You simply tap your screen to send a “yo” to one of your friends. That’s it. Created in 8 hours and launched quietly in April, the app already has over 1 million downloads. Some tech writers say that contextual communication apps like these are the next frontier, and that simple like Yo apps are going to do well on devices like the iWatch. I tend to agree.

Also – you’re username isn’t tied to any other social media accounts or your email address, so the app has no other information about you except your name.

Slingshot

Free for iOs and Android

Remember when Snapchat refused Facebook’s $3 billion offer? Well now Facebook has a Snapchat copycat: Slingshot. Slingshot is just like Snapchat except it ups the ante. You “sling” your friends photos and videos, but the only way you can view them is if you “sling” something back. Then the messages disappear. Even though the app just launched last week, I’m not sure that it will catch on. The only thing I like about Slingshot over Snapchat is that it saves your photos and videos to your phone. Snapchat doesn’t offer that.

FireChat

Free for iOs and Android

With FireChat, you can have conversations with the people around you, without an Internet connection or mobile phone service.  You can make your own FireChat or join a FireChat that’s already happening. I think it’s especially great for chatting during concerts and at outdoor festivals. It works by using “peer-to-peer mesh networking technology,” and you can find more info about that in this article on TheNextWeb.

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