Explained: All you need to know about #KooApp, India's alternative to Twitter
Several on Twitter found themselves switching to Koo App, the desi alternative to the micro-blogging site.
Amid all the controversy surrounding social media platforms banning users, Koo App has emerged as the 'atmanirbhar' alternative to the micro-blogging site Twitter. After the Union Government ordered to block 257 accounts that were tweeting about 'farmer genocide', Bengaluru-based Koo (also recognised as India's very own micro-blogging platform), witnessed a surge in downloads. Just like Twitter, the app allows you to post using 400 characters. Apart from this, users can also post images, media, links as well as links.
The faces behind Koo app
The site, which looks and functions a lot like Twitter, was developed by Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidwatka. The multi-lingual app is available in Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, and Bengali as of now. However, in order to be more approachable to the Indian public, other languages will soon be a part of this list.
Several prominent icons have begun joining the site, including Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways. In a recent tweet, he has also encouraged users to reach out and 'exchange ideas' on the made-in-India platform.
Apart from them, many key organisations, including the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) have also followed suit.
The app has also begun to verify these personalities and handles of MEITY, MyGov, Digital India, India Post, National Informatics Centre (NIC), National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT), Common Services Center, UMANG app and Digi Locker.
Where can I find Koo?
The app is available for Android and iOS users, and you find it on both -- the App Store and Google Play.
What does the Twitterverse have to say?
Numerous Twitter users voiced their opinion on the emergence of Koo. And while many seemed unperturbed, several also seemed keen to jump onto the bandwagon. There were also users who pointed out technical flaws that the app hasn't managed to fix.