On Tuesday, a buzzy new text messaging app called Talkshow launched giving us the ability to “text in public.”
Currently only available on iOS, the app allows users to host message-based “Talkshows” about various topics, from entertainment to politics. Users notify their followers when a Talkshow is live thus encouraging anyone who’s paying attention to contribute with messages, reactions and GIFs. Imagine Periscope for texting.
Founder Michael Sippey said in a blog post that the concept is inspired by a conversation posted online of Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran.
“People have been screenshotting texts and posting them on the web for years, but it was this Instagram pic Taylor Swift posted of a conversation with Ed Sheeran that pushed me toward Talkshow,” he said.
However once the initial issues are ironed out, I can see this app being incredibly useful at conferences, quickly replacing the twitter hashtag as a way to follow opinions and questions during keynotes.