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What is Koo App: Know all about the Indian alternative to Twitter

Koo app each about India's' Atmanirbhar' volition to Twitter 

What is in a name, they ask. But what if the name rings a bell and reminds you of commodity you use in your day- to- day digital lives. That is what maybe the inventors of Koo, an Indian interpretation of Twitter, allowed while naming the app. 

The desi Twitter has gained attention after Union ministers, including Ravi Shankar Prasad and Piyush Goyal, and Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan inked up as druggies. The current division at the Centre seems to be promoting India's Atmanirbhar druthers

to Twitter as the Jack Dorsey- led microblogging platform seems to be bogged in a standoff with the Indian government over the blocking and unblocking of accounts linked to the planter demurrers. 

On Wednesday, Twitter released a statement explaining its conduct against accounts flagged by the Indian government. Stating that certain accounts were withheld in India, Twitter emphasised that it'll continue to endorse for the right of free expression of its druggies and that it's “ laboriously exploring options under Indian law — both for Twitter and for the accounts that have been impacted ”. 

Soon, in an unknown move, the Centre took to Koo to partake its response to the Twitter statement." Upon the request of Twitter seeking a meeting with theGovt., the Secretary IT was to engage with elderly operation of Twitter. In this light a blog post published previous to this engagement is unusual.( The) govt will partake its response soon," the post read. The same statement was released from the IT ministry's Twitter handle latterly in the day. 

Soon, as ironic as it sounds,#BanTWITTER and#kooapp started trending on Twitter. 

What's Koo app? 

Launched in March 2020, Koo, is a social media app developed by Bengaluru- grounded Bombinate Technologies Private Limited as India's answer to Twitter. druggies can post opinions on Koo intimately with a character limit of 400 and follow other druggies as well. One can also post audio or videotape- grounded posts. A feed shows posts from other druggies. 

It's available as a website and on iOS and Google Play Store. druggies can subscribe up using their mobile number. druggies have the option of linking their Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter feed to the Koo profile as well. 

Like Twitter, Koo also lets druggies calculate on hashtags. A stoner can also tag another person in their posts using the@ symbol, which is again analogous to Twitter. There’s also the option to post pates, share prints and vids on Koo. 

The app gained over a million subscribers after it won Prime Minister's Aatma Nirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge along with other India- made apps like Zoho and Chingari. In fact, PM Narendra Modi indeed encouraged Indians to use the Koo app in one of his Mann Ki Baat speeches, too. 

Koo isco-founded by Mayank Bidawatka and Aprameya Radhakrishna, a tech entrepreneur grounded in Bengaluru. “ We started working on this app since November 2019. We wanted to get the voice of Indian language speakers on the internet. Being platforms concentrate on the 1 per cent who speak in English. We launched in March 2020, which coincided with COVID, ” Radhakrishna, CEO andco-founder for Koo 

Radhakrishna has been a periodical entrepreneur. He was one of theco-founders of online hack booking service TaxiForSure, which was latterly vended to Ola taxicabs. Prior to Koo, Bombinate Technologies launched and is operating the Indian interpretation of Quora called Vokal. 

Bombinate Technologies raised Series A backing in 2018 from a clutch of investors including Blume gambles, Kalaari Capital and Accel mates India, according to data sourced from Crunchbase. In the rearmost round of backing blazoned before this month, former Infosys CFO TV Mohandas Pai’s 3one4 Capital also joined the list of those investing in Bombinate Technologies. 

 Unique features 

True to what Radhakrishna said, Koo lets people post in their language. When you're subscribing up, it lets you choose from Indian languages at the time of setup. still, you can only choose one language. The languages supported at the moment are English, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Tamil Marathi, Bengali, Malayalam, Oriya, Punjabi, Assamese, and Gujarati. 

Koo's prominent druggies so far 

Members of Parliament Tejasvi Surya and Shobha Karandlaje, Karnataka Chief MinisterB.S. Yediyurappa, Isha Foundation’s Jaggi Vasudev, former cricketers Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble are among the politicians, ministers and celebrities to have joined the app. The Union IT Ministry, India Post and the Niti Aayog are among the government departments to have an account on the app. 

 Other Twitter druthers

Koo joins a league of other apps similar as Tooter app, Elyments, Namaste Bharat and Mastodon, which had gained fashionability with Indian Twitter activists back in November 2019. Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved had also tried its hands at social networking with its own Kimbho app in 2018 but the plan did n’t take off amid sequestration enterprises. 

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