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|Twitter Bought New App From A British by Nobody: 3:53pm On Oct 23, 2021
Mr Nick D’Aloisio, is a young British entrepreneur. At the age of 17, he sold a mobile app called Summly to Yahoo for $30m (£21.73m). Now, he has sold his latest company to Twitter.
Mr D’Aloisio and his colleague Tomas Halgas are the founders of Sphere group chat app.
Sphere, a social networking app, was originally created for the purpose of connecting different people who are interested in common topics. However, the app has been sold to Twitter for an unrevealed amount and is expected to close by November.
About 20 or more staff of Sphere, will join Twitter to blend their community features with the social network software.
The software company was launched as a question and answer app which allows users to have conversation with paid experts. At the end of 2018, close to 500,000 people have registered and active on the platform.
However, Mr D’Aloisio said he realized that his attention was drawn to the community version. The community version of the app connect strangers who are interested in the same topic.
When talking to reporters, he said what interest him the most was that people who were chatting online every day. And it was not only friends and family, but with someone they have not met before. They all chat about something they are interested in.
As a result of this, the social network app primarily focus on group chats.
Sphere’s app possess the following aspects:
You can create many conversations for a single group.
You can send spotlighted announcements. With this, almost everybody in the group won’t miss anything.
You can also send notifications to different people, or only those who have not read a message.
In a statement released by the company, which states that many existing messenger apps are more focused on groups of people that knew each other before. But on Sphere, the goal was to open a new platform that bring different people together from different part of the world with common interests.
Mr D’Aloisio said his attention was drawn by the critics and complaints on social networking platforms. It has been highly condemned for its way of dealing with users trolls and harassment.
It was reported earlier this year, that Twitter created a new prompt on its social platform. This prompt warn users about the manner of their message. And if they would still like to post it or not.
In September, Twitter started the testing of its new safety mode which was created to restrict accounts using unpleasant remarks. Including those who are disturbing people with uninvited comments. The new system will automatically block them for seven days.
Mr D’Aloisio also talk about how eager much social networking are in solving the problems of the online communities. It’s not just an intriguing problem but also very compulsory.
He also added that most groups possess the abilities to serve as a profound community. But most of them have problems in communicating online, which hinder the process of building an online community. Some actions like unnecessary conversations, scam links, abusive and members silence do hinder most online community progress.
However, over the past two years on Sphere, there is certainty that a group can become a community that appreciate their members’ presence.
Twitter has been making moves to extend and modernize its platform recently.
The company have also make an attempt to include audio rooms feature before Clubhouse went on to launch its own version.
In May, Twitter bought Scroll, a start-up app which was created for news reading. It is believed that the app will go into its own service in the nearest future.
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