If you are bored of the usual WhatsApp, Messenger and Snapchat, why not try LiveText – Yahoo’s latest offering described as “live video texting.” With this, you can chat ‘silently’ with friends by sharing a self-facing video and text without any sound.
No, it is not the Yahoo Messenger you remember from your younger days; Livetext is a one-to-one live stream overlaid with messages typed by a user in real time; the app allows you to exchange live videos, text chats and even emoticons without the danger of spam or abuse. Both users have to connect with each other.
Speaking at the launch event in New York, Adam Cahan from Yahoo said, “Every platform shift leads to new forms of communication, driven by our desire to connect and interact in richer ways. We wanted to create a new way to communicate, blending the simplicity of texting with the emotion and immediacy of live video, to make your experience spontaneous and real,” while Yahoo Product Manager Arjun Seti added, “We want to create the emotional connection. We want to make sure you can get into a conversation as quickly as possible.”
Sethi demonstrated Livetext “conversations” to show how it is more private and personal because it allows the users to see and read each other’s facial expressions. No audio means your chat remains private, no more embarrassment over people overhearing your conversations and best of all, you get to see the person you are texting! All chats and video feeds are deleted as soon as the app is closed. As Sethi said, “We see video as a way to make your conversations more authentic, and we see text as a way to connect that’s quick and non-intrusive.”
Livetext is available for iOS and Android starting with Hong Kong, Taiwan and Ireland and then UK, US, Canada, Germany and France. With this, the company aims to make a comeback after the demise of its earlier Yahoo Messenger, but with an innovative solution. In the words of Sethi, “We didn’t want to create a derivative product. … We wanted to create a brand-new way of communicating.”