Just in time for the weekend, a new messaging app has been launched for you to fiddle with.
Peach, created by Vine founder Dom Hofmann, is a simple feature that allows you to send texts, pictures, drawings, and other updates to your friends.
After creating an account and handle, you can add connections, whose updates will appear in a feed — not unlike Twitter.
But where the app goes beyond Twitter is with its "Magic Words" feature, which lets you chat with friends in creative ways, like calling up GIFs or images automatically selected by the app by typing simple commands. Slack has a similar function.
(TL:DR; If Twitter and Slack got together and had a kid, it would be Peach.)
The sign-up process, shown here, is easy as (peach) pie. (Sorry.)
— Product Hunt (@ProductHunt) January 8, 2016
And here's a walkthrough of the "Magic Words" function:
- Use the magic word “shout” to write a few words (+ emoji) in BIG letters on a background colour;
- Use "draw" to post a doodle or sketch;
- Use "song" to share whatever's playing right now. Friends can tap on the song to open it in Apple Music or Spotify.
- The magic word "rate" lets you give anything — anything! — a 1-5 star rating.
- Other magic words: gif, here, goodmorning, goodnight, battery, weather, move, meetings, safari, dice, time, date, movie, tv, and game. With more on the way.
Social media was abuzz with the new arrival Friday.
— Jack Dweck (@jackdweck) January 8, 2016
Some speculated on how long it would take before the app ran its course:
what is peach -> i'm on peach -> jokes about peach -> joke peach accounts -> peach is down -> jokes about peach being down -> death
— Internet Person™⭐️ (@TimHerrera) January 8, 2016
Does anyone still use Peach?
— mat (@mat) January 8, 2016
Meanwhile, Vice used Peach to play a trick on its followers:
— Greg Burnham (@gburnham) January 8, 2016
Drew Olanoff at TechCrunch believes there's space for another messaging app, "especially when people like Hofmann's Byte team is thinking outside of the box."
In an early sign of success (or mass FOMO), enough people downloaded the app on Friday to cause technical issues.
Thanks to everyone for downloading Peach! Still experiencing issues. We're working hard to resolve ASAP. 🔌
— Peach (@peachdotcool) January 8, 2016
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