Irish firm hopes to go global with its new diaspora app: Like Tinder for people who want to catch up with their townies
A new Irish start-up company are one of many businesses to showcase their online prowess at this week’s Web Summit in Dublin.
Yapping, a mobile phone app, is designed to allow users to engage with their communities.
Moving on from social media giants such as Twitter and Facebook, Yapping is specifically designed to help its users interact with people in their area, rather than people world-over or people they already know.
Creator and CEO David Willoughbys idea came out of community watch and alert systems he witnessed when he was working away from his native Laois. “I originally worked in mechanical engineering as a project manager and spent a lot of time away from home, but saw how local people would find out about what was going on around them through these alert services, he says.”
David eventually got involved in app development before deciding to grow his own initial idea.
It moves on slightly from existing community apps, which are hugely popular in the UK and US at the moment, by helping to also engage the diaspora.
At present 35 per cent of people in America use the similar Next Door app, and 2.5 per cent of people in the UK use Streetlife and 1.5 per cent a text alert service. This allows people to broadcast what community events are happening, whether sporting, music, the arts or charity, as well as news topics that would be of interest to the area too.
The app works by allowing the user to set their location, and a radius that they can control themselves. That way they can see posts by people in a 5km radius of themselves, or a 50km radius if thats what they prefer.
It also allows users to pin their home away from where they are currently located so they can engage in advance with somewhere that they are travelling to on business or leisure, or even emigrating to.
Irish Yapping represents a step-change in the use of social media
By connecting members with a shared nationality, heritage or interest, it brings people together and brings communities closer. It is incredibly easy to use and will offer tangible benefits for the global Irish diaspora, says David.
With sizeable Irish communities located all around the world, from London to Boston, New York to Sydney, Irish Yapping is an ideal way to connect with home, however far you travel.
But it is also perfect for connecting with people in your own city, town or village.
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Irish Yapping pre-launched prior to this weeks Web Summit through iTunes and Google Play, and connects members locally and internationally with all things Irish.
It enables anyone of Irish heritage, or who has an interest in Irish culture, to find like-minded people, services, events and entertainment– wherever they are in the world.
And by using geo-location and geo-fencing technology, Irish Yapping helps members discover how close they are to those with whom they have most in common.
It takes just moments for new members to set up. They first register and create their profile. They then select a home area and set their radius of up to 50km. This allows members to see messages and information from local people and businesses within the set radius.
After that, members just click on Update home, and they are ready to start Yapping. And members can choose either of two settings for their messages. Messages shared with Home are only sent within the members Home setting radius. Messages shared with Public are sent both inside and outside the radius and can be seen by all members.
“Theres nothing more natural for human beings than wanting to be a part of a community, keep up to date with everything and enjoy the craic. And that is exactly what Irish Yapping is all about.
“As a proud Irish company, we are especially pleased that not only is Irish Yapping our first release, it is also being launched at the Web Summit in Dublin. There is no better or more appropriate platform.
“But Irish Yapping is just the start. With something in the region of one billion people worldwide belonging to one of many diaspora, and virtually everyone belonging to some form of community, the potential for Yapping apps is vast. We look forward to soon seeing a Yapping app for every diaspora, nationality or community that wants to stay connected.”
Download the Irish Yapping App via iTunes