Meet Marco Polo, a Visual Walkie Talkie App Believed to Replace Snapchat

Since launching in 2011, Snapchat has been best it in class in the image messaging app market, linking friends, celebrities and influencers and establishing their worth for both iPhone and Android users. Times are changing, and users can’t help but take notice of the newest app on the scene, Marco Polo.

Twitter is a buzz right now over this new mobile app that credits itself as the “video walkie talkie” that lets you send quick messages back and forth. Similar to Snapchat, Marco Polo allows users to record messages that are only a few seconds long. What makes it different from Snapchat, however, is that Marco Polo automatically saves your videos so you can have an ongoing conversation with friends.

Marco Polo app has been around since early 2016 and the momentum is starting to pick up. The app currently has a 4.4 rating on the Google Play Store and more than 84,000 reviews. Also boasting with a 4.5 out of 5 on Apple’s App Store while ranking as the 8th top free social networking app in the App Store.

Owned by Joya Communications, the corporate website states that the company was established in 2012 “to help people feel close no matter the distance, enabling people to remain connected in convenient and meaningful ways.”

Users beware, the app is know to send spam tweets to promote Marco Polo to your contacts.

While it is still early days for Marco Polo, it will be interesting to see how the app evolves. Very few apps and brands have the staying power of Facebook or Snapchat and are able to maintain clout without the support of investors and boards of directors.

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The latest in Bitmoji Mania: Style Your Snapchat Crew

In a day and age where social status and appearances (seem) to be everything, we are always looking for new ways to reinvent our online personas. Enter, the Bitmoji free app, which allows users to design a personalized avatar. You can even perfect your character down to the finest of details, including: hairstyle, lip shape, laugh lines and of course outfits (curated by Bergdorf Goodman, Forever 21 and Steve Madden just to name a few).

Yesterday, Snapchat announced they have updated their main iOS and Android app to allow people to create widgets of their best friends’ Bitmoji. With Snapchat’s Bitmoji widget, you can select a few friends and see their avatars right from the ‘Today’ screen on iOS and the home screen on Android phones. These shortcuts immediately open a text chat with those friends. It appears that Snapchat is trying to get back into the instant messaging arena which is owned predominantly by Facebook and Instagram.

While I think this is a new novel idea will work to generate some buzz for Snapchat until a bigger and better idea is unveiled. I am not confident this is a big enough draw to entice social users away from instant messaging on Facebook or Instagram Stories. What do you think? Will this new Bitmoji feature encourage both you and your friends to communicate more on Snapchat?