Social networking and instant messaging apps are nothing new to the mobile climate. Something inside us yearns to communicate, and yet we all want different ways to do it. Not long ago it was all based on aesthetics but that has gradually shifted to privacy.
The recently released Squawking app takes that wish for security and the need to communicate to the next level. Using a hand-built network, the service provides flexibility and control the likes of which have never been seen before. Information the user chooses to delete doesn’t just disappear from the users device but also Squawkins servers. The feel of the app isn’t new and that is a good thing. Anyone who has used Kik, WhatsApp or even Facebook Messenger should feel right at home. Content ranges from text to video to audio and it all just works.
An interesting feature to Squawkin is the Crowds messaging. The idea of group messaging isn’t new and to be honest usually poorly done. Crowds is different, it is more of a small social network than a group chat. The admin for the group can quickly add or delete members without jeopardizing the thread. Another nice touch is the ability to add someone simply by name or username, no cumbersome friends lists or tiring searches. This feature is a certain hit for families, clubs or businesses. Another nice touch is the ability to message all, some or one of your groups at once.
Visually, the app isn’t anything special. It is however easy to navigate and feel at home in. While I see it hard to replace many of the messaging apps that have been on user’s home screens for years, there is still a market for Squawkin and those who adopt it won’t be disappointed. Oh yeah, its FREE so you have nothing to lose.