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Here’s Why Everyone is Talking About Airchat

By Editorial Staff

Patrons of the digital landscape have been yearning for a new social app and a change of scenery in where they create, consume, and communicate. With growing concern over apps like TikTok and even discussions of discontent & irritability with others like Instagram, it’s time for something new to intrigue consumers and creators alike. Airchat, a new social platform focused on “just talking,” might just answer our desperate pleas. 

Already boasting tens of thousands of users, the exclusive app takes a different approach to what we’ve considered the “norm” of social spaces. From channels to tones of voice to exclusive invites – people can’t help but talk about Airchat and its rapidly approaching future in the social space. 

Here’s Why Everyone is Talking About Airchat

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Airchat, the newest social app to make headlines – even amidst growing concern over current platforms – has garnered a great deal of attention. Even with a tagline as simple as “just talk.” Originally released last year, developers reworked, revamped, and successfully relaunched the app last month – with an exclusive “invite-only” intrigue. 

While the nature of the app is relatively similar to others we use & love today – with scrolling, liking, commenting, and other posting features – the format is uniquely eccentric. It focuses on talking, rather than texting – a kind of “human forward” connection-based desire many users are yearning for, even outside of the online space. 

With posts that are recorded, then automatically transcribed within the app, users are able to both read and listen to other peoples’ content – along with the occasional addition of videos. In tandem with its exclusivity, Airchat’s functionality has people talking – what does the future of this app look like? Is it going to change the functionality of future social apps? Will it boast, support, and build a new generation of creators, brands, and influencers? 

What is Airchat & How Does The App Work? 

When you first download the app and log in with your phone number – right now, that number would need to be associated with an exclusive invite – you’re prompted to add your name, a chosen username, and a photo of yourself. Upon inputting that information, you’re able to join channels of your choice – ranging from advice to art to niches as specific as “Swifties”

Once you’re onto the actual platform, text posts show up on your feed from your chosen channels – with “play” buttons that prompt you to listen to the user’s voices as they pose questions, comment on others’ content, and express their opinions. From socio-political natured posts to lighthearted reviews on new novels, users have the freedom to connect with others uniquely – hearing & using their own voice, without the pressure of a face-to-face or live format. 

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It’s exactly what tech-founders Naval Ravikant and Brian Norgard intended the app for – a means of connection and communication, with in-app transcription that offers both visual and audio accessibility. Yes, we have the option to record our voices or post videos on other apps – but are there any that exclusively promote talking in the same way as Airchat? It’s intriguing, to say the least – and we’re not the only ones who think so. 

Exclusivity & Airchat’s Recent Surge In Users 

For now, Airchat is primarily open to those with a special invite from another user, company, or tech-savvy public figure with roots in the app’s start-up – which has inevitably sparked an air of exclusivity that has people buzzing. With this kind of excited discourse about a new app, especially in the wake of TikTok’s potential upcoming ban, it’s inevitable that creators, influencers, brands, and users alike are wondering what it could do for the future of the social space. 

As public buzz continues to grow and the exclusivity of the app becomes more common knowledge, one thing remains the same: the app is private. Without the potential for large-scale reach and public exhibition, it’s exactly the opposite of something brands, influencers, and creators are jumping to invest time & energy in. But, assuming Airchat does go public at some point – is it a space that could promote community, profit, communication, and reach in similar ways to our godfather social platforms? 

Well, some people seem to think so – or at least are intrigued to find out – as over 30,000 new people have downloaded and signed up for Ravikant’s Airchat after it re-launched in early April

The Potential Future On AirChat For Creators, Influencers, & Brands

While we might not have a special code for you to go in and play around, many people researching the app provide tips for getting onto the app – including reaching out to tech gurus engaging in Airchat discourse online, allowing the app to view your contacts, or even posting your own public request on socials. 

If you’re not just a user, but rather a professional in the social space – what’s the point of getting in the doors early anyway – especially if it’s more complex than simply signing up? 

Most people are split over the future of Airchat – debating whether its current buzz will fizzle or continue growing with its eccentric voice-centered format – but they do agree that creators and influencers should get a feel for what it’s like. Assuming that it eventually goes public, starting a personal account now will help creators to get a feel for format, feeds, and current content before it feels oversaturated and overwhelming. 

Closing Thoughts On Airchat’s Usability 

Inside scoop from users on the app reveals that they’ve divulged tons of different conversations – reading and interacting with radically different users across industries and walks of life on the platform. However, one topic of conversation seems to remain the same: the app itself. What niche will it eventually follow? Our next social sharing app? A dating app? A skill-focused learning platform? 

As we explore the app, with a ridiculously lucky access code, Airchat’s potential unfolds in front of our eyes. The “social walkie talkie” boasts its feed as a cure to loneliness – and truly, it could be for so many users. Whether it’s 10-minute long rants – podcast-style – a place to dump random daily thoughts, or a quick way to ask for advice without having to type out all your human nuances and tones of voice, the app’s opportunities seem endless. 

So, for creators and influencers thinking about dipping their toes into the new social space, be reminded of that – your niche might be the key to success on the app or perhaps the downfall. However, if worse comes to worse, the app might just be able to provide you with a space for human connection – something too many of us lack in today’s growing digital landscape.

This article was written by Zayda Slabbekoorn

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