There's a new messaging app (yes, another one) and teenagers can't get enough

By dkpope
Jun 24, 2015
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    Ask a teenager you know if they've used Jott to connect with friends and the chances are good that they'll say yes. The next question is, why another messaging app?

    Well, for teens on a limited data plan or without a cell phone at all, school can be a communication deadzone and since Jott works without relying on an Internet connection or cellular data it has become the new favorite.

    Jott is quickly rising to the top, with nearly 500,000 monthly users and one million installs after three months on the market. Its biggest selling point is its AirChat feature that enables chatting through a combination of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi radios to create a mesh network of mobile devices within 100-feet of each other. This allows messages to be sent and received privately between members of the network.

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    To sign up, users have to provide their real name and a point of contact to connect them with their school network. Similar to SnapChat, Jott offers disappearing chats and screenshot detection as measures of privacy. Users can link their Instagram account to Jott to connect with friends from that app - without asking for a phone number.

    Jayson Ahlstrom, Jott's COO and co-founder, told CNN that they owe much of the viral success of Jott to the nature of teenagers.

    "It's being shared from school to school," Ahlstrom said. "We see kids are naturally sharing the app and getting their friends to use it."

    Due to the runaway nature of their success so far, Jott recently closed a $1.8 million seed funding round from several venture capital firms.

    But the future of Jott isn't for teenagers only. The founders of Jott see a range of different uses for the app, especially for emergency communcation during natural disasters when cell towers are down.

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  2. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,408   +463

    So no need for an internet connection? Sounds awesome.
    dkpope likes this.
  3. As long as you don't mind only being able to communicate with people in the same room with you.
    BabyFaceLee likes this.
  4. Am teenager, never heard of this or anyone using it.
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  5. BabyFaceLee

    BabyFaceLee TS Enthusiast Posts: 86   +21

    Never has so much been said with so little point or reason. [yawn]
    Here's a to people....[gasp] person :-o
    learninmypc likes this.
  6. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,408   +463

    Yeah let's all drop internet and cellular comunication, what's the point when you can take the bus/metro/airplane and talk to them in person, right? [yawn]
  7. BabyFaceLee

    BabyFaceLee TS Enthusiast Posts: 86   +21

    I'm not advocating we get rid of communication apps but we are at the point of using technology instead of face-to-face comms where the person is just a few feet away. If what you're about to say isn't worth raising your eyes above your phone to utter to someone nearby to their face then it isn't worth saying at all. Enough already.
  8. farid28

    farid28 TS Rookie

    imagine the use of this with wide range wifi hardware you can get up to 50-70 km now imagine a wide network build around this it will be very usefull during human or natural disasters
  9. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,408   +463

    Thats the problem, thats what you FEEL like. If I want to communicate to someone who is 1 feet away through a chat, it's my problem, not yours, now extrapolate that to the billions of people in the world. Thanks for your input though!
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  10. JamesandBennie

    JamesandBennie TS Booster Posts: 162   +14

    This can actually work out on campus. Doesn't it? We, adults, are just not their target market.
  11. dkpope

    dkpope TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 207   +9

    Right, that's the catch. Fingers crossed you like the people in the same room.
  12. dkpope

    dkpope TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 207   +9

    Exactly, the creators of the app had middle/high schoolers in mind with this app from the beginning.
  13. dkpope

    dkpope TS Addict Topic Starter Posts: 207   +9

    Agreed! I'll be keeping an eye on it to see if/when that development happens. Hopefully before it's needed.

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