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In January this year, TNW went hands-on with Just.me, a unified social-messaging app for iPhone and iPod touch.
Back then, the app was still in stealth, open only to a select beta crowd. But today, Just.me is launching globally for one and all. Check out our (fairly) recent interview with Just.me founder and serial entrepreneur Keith Teare.
Just to recap, Just.me is backed by the likes of Google Ventures, Khosla Ventures, SV Angel and betaworks, and is vying for the super-competitive social networking market. Teare has described Just.me as a unified messaging app, one that goes beyond what the likes of WhatsApp, Line, Path and SnapChat have to offer. He even goes as far to call it an ‘upgrade to email and SMS’.
You can use it to share any media to private or public groups within the app itself, or post to other social networks. It brings the functionality of texting, email and other messaging services (Facebook, Twitter) to one place.
Free to use, Just.me essentially lets you record and share multimedia content. Messages can be kept private, or shared with specific groups, and they’re displayed on a user’s personal timeline with friends able to comment on, or like, individual posts.
It’s best if your friends are also using Just.me, but if they’re not, you can still send emails and text messages through the app too, and access them later through the mobile app or the Web-based version.
Just.me is like an archive of all your communications, including pictures, videos and audio, that can be accessed anywhere. It’s ultimately looking to be the single go-to app for messaging, replacing anything up to six apps in the process.
Just.me finally launched to the public at the DEMO Mobile Conference in San Francisco today. “The time has come to put the user in control of their own social network, combining the best of social messaging with the best of social media,” says Teare. “Just.me does this by providing a private cloud for each user to re-use their information and media as they want.”
While the app is available for iPhone and iPod touch just now, the team is also working to support Android in the foreseeable future too, so watch this space.
Meanwhile, check out the official demo video below.
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