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

Posted by Knowlton Thomas

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
Website:
http://www.kik.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Kik Interactive was founded in 2009 by a group of engineers with an endless vision to create a world of seamless mobile computing. In April 2010, Kik released the universal, free texting app for BlackBerry and iPhone, empowering users to message any of their friends in real time without paying unruly SMS fees. Chat is the foundation for the unfolding Kik community, which will also soon include music, pictures and... more

Company:
Rebellion Media
Website:
http://www.rebellionmedia.com
Location:
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Every day, Rebellion connects millions of people to personalized content through our family of websites, mobile apps and e-stores. In the categories of health, technology, women and sports, Rebellion acquires successful digital brands, then boosts them to the next level by applying a smart mix of tools and skills. We believe in taking risks, we’re not afraid of failure, and we think it’s a mistake to build a... more

Company:
Jingu
Website:
http://www.jinguapps.com
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 playing tennis, hiking, and exploring weird side streets. more



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