Discover New Friends on WhatsApp, Kik, BBM and More Through Canadian-made Mobile App Jingu

Conversing with friends is easy. You can call them, text them, tweet them, message them, email them—this list could stretch for miles. But discovery is so often lost on social platforms. How can you chat with friends if you can't find any to chat with?

Jingu, which was acquired in July by Rebellion Media, offers a solution. The free iOS and BlackBerry app enables users to find new friends to chat with in the various cross-platform, text-esque apps that exist today: WhatsApp, Kik, Hookt—even BlackBerry Messenger.

The app provides a stream of conversation in "the lounge," and offers simple left and right swiping to access profiles and share messages. Users can filter the stream by location, meaning they can meet friends globally, only within their country, or in their specific city. And Jingu disarms anonymous creeps: users must upload their own profile pictures before being able to view other users' full profiles.

Jingu is only the latest in a slew of acquisitions by Rebellion this year. Also in July, Rebellion acquired Waterloo startup Sortable. And in August, the Canadian company bought 10 combat sports websites.

Company:
Kik Interactive, Inc.
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kik was founded in 2009, when a small but incredibly passionate group of University of Waterloo students decided to build a company that would shift the center of computing from the PC to the smartphone. Fast forward to today, and Kik has become the best way to connect with friends, no matter where you meet them. And unlike other messengers, Kik uses usernames - not phone numbers - as the basis... more

Company:
Perk.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Perk is a mobile rewards and digital media publishing company. We develop amazing digital media assets both on the web and on your smart phone. Our audience has access to an exclusive loyalty program where members get access to thousands of advertisers and brands that offer exclusive deals and earning opportunities. Members earn points for dozens of interactions and activities with these... more

Company:
Jingu
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

At Jingu, our mission is to create a world where it’s easy to connect with people of specific interests, build new friendships and stay-in-touch. Or to put it another way, while Facebook connects you to the people you already know, we want to be the connector to the people you should know. Over a million people have discovered new connections through Jingu. more


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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and martial arts. more




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