India Based Microblogging App Koo: With a great endorsement by the Union Ministers and other government departments, the one app making a round-up these days is the Twitters Indian alternative Koo App. Hardly 10-months old app Koo, the Made in India social community platform, has witnessed a massive surge in its user base.
Koo, a homegrown microblogging website, has startling similarities with Twitter. Like Twitter’s mascot, the bluebird, the Koo app has a similar logo with a yellow bird, and it also shares a similar user interface as Twitter. The Co-Founder of the Koo app, Aprameya Radhakrishna, took to Twitter to highlight the rising popularity and mentioned that Koo App’s downloaded 10-fold this week. “Our systems are facing more load than ever. Thank you for placing your trust in us. Our team is working on overdrive to fix it,” he tweeted.
The app was launched last year by Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawatka as a multilingual platform for users to express their opinion and engage with others using different Indian languages. Koo supports various languages, including Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, to name a few.
Seeing the response, the founders are ecstatic, and co-founder Mayank Bidawatka told PTI, “We had two million users with about 1.5 million active users. Now, we have crossed 3 million marks”.
Interestingly, various political leaders, including Piyush Goyal and a few other celebrities, have recently joined Koo and encouraged people to switch to the platform. “I am now on Koo. Connect with me on this Indian micro-blogging platform for real-time, exciting, and exclusive updates. Let us exchange our thoughts and ideas on Koo,” Piyush Goyal tweeted on Tuesday.
Following the path, Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan also joined the bandwagon and took it to Twitter to announce the same. Another celebrity to join the Koo app is Kangana Ranaut, “Your time is up @Twittertime to shift to #kooapp will inform everyone soon about my account details there. Absolutely thrilled to experience homegrown #kooapp“, she tweeted.
In a standoff between the Indian government and Twitter to ban specific Twitter handles, the Koo app is enjoying its moment under the sun. Twitter had refused to ban journalists and activists’ Twitter handles, stating that it would violate their fundamental right to free expression. In response to that, several ministries and popular apps started jumping to create their accounts on the Koo app; the list includes the ministry of Electronics and IT, National Institute of Electronics and IT, India Post, MyGov, Common Services Centre, Digital India, National Informatics Centre, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, Digi Locker, UMANG app and various others, as per the PTI reports,
About India Based Microblogging App Koo
The app, backed up by the former Infosys executive TV Mohandas Pai, raised a massive $4.1 million as a part of its Series A funding from Kalaari Capital, Dream Incubator, Blume Ventures, Accel, and 3one4 capital. A few months back, PM Narendra Modi, in his monthly address to people, mentioned the Koo app, which helped garner more popularity.