Mobile messaging is more popular than ever. But as more apps are sticking with the standard UI and features, Chatcees is looking to add some real time intimacy.
“A very intimate experience! Beware!”
Chatcees Messenger wants to put some intimacy back into messaging. Instead of just a simple message and answer system, Chatcees lets users see what they are typing before the message is sent. Most apps like WhatsApp, iMessage, and Facebook Messenger just show a “typing” or a ”…” symbol, which leaves you waiting to see what happens next. Or the classic situation where your friend is typing for 30-40 seconds and then the typing status disappears with no message. What were they doing!?
“See each letter as they type…”
Timothy Bowers, Founder and CEO of Chatcees Messenger tells me “it’s actually fun seeing in real-time how a person is typing and correcting their mistakes”. Besides getting closer to what the other person is thinking, the app has a nearby feature, which lets the users start conversations with users that are geographically close. Chatcees also puts a lot of focus on security and privacy of the users, which brings me to its use of Sinch…
“Chatcees requires that a user verifies their cell number in order to use the application. It is very important that users are not using someone else’s cell number, so we need to use Sinch to send a verification SMS to the user’s phone which he or she then enter into Chatcees!”.
While speaking to Timothy, he told me that being a small startup developer obviously means always trying to minimize costs, and that for this reason, Sinch was a good choice.
“Sinch prices are the best I could find!”
Timothy build the app and then added Sinch to his login script for verifying new users. He told me the biggest challenge was understanding how to implement the callback PHP script from the Sinch documentation, and that the problem was easily solved: “Lucky for me it only took one email to Sinch support and I was given a source snippet on where I was going wrong”.
When scaling, Timothy’s would like to see Sinch add a way to disable to 2nd call back and some more SMS templates to choose from.
Up until now, Timothy has been based in Western Cape in South Africa, but because of the country’s electricity problem, he’s now had to move. “The government switches the power off for 2 hours each day at random times, all across the country. They call it load-shedding, and they do it because they do not have enough electricity to supply everyone”, he explains.
Working solo in GoldCost, Australia, Timothy has just launched his app and is looking into how to start driving user growth as well as revenue from his new app. In the next 6 months, Timothy plans to keep Chatcees free and cover the costs involved. “Cost is really a big issue and we still need to find a way of making money out of Chatcees without charging for downloads. I’m open to ideas from anyone interested.”
Lastly, since Timothy is all for keeping the conversations intimate, I asked him what he thinks of Sinch. And guess what, I didn’t have to stare at any ”typing…” symbol:
“I think Sinch is reliable, easy, simple, and blows the competition out of the water!”
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