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ChitChat is Silicon Valley’s spammiest new app


It started shortly after lunch.

The texts appeared, first a trickle.

It wasn’t lengthy earlier than the deluge started in earnest.

A pal* added you on ChitChat,” they stated.

“Faucet right here … to get it,” they stated.

What ChitChat is I’m not ready to say, as I refuse to obtain it. I don’t need to be contaminated with the virus spreading like a plague via SMS-based development hacking.

Presumably the app asks for permission to entry customers’ contacts after which broadcasts texts to anybody it hasn’t already contaminated. It’s what sensible development folks have lengthy agreed is an industry-worst tactic that must be prevented in any respect prices, however it’s brutally efficient.

In case you needed to know who’s behind the ChitChat virus, I’m right here to let you know. The app was made by an outfit referred to as Swipe Labs, a cellular app studio that was final seen making a cellular video app referred to as Channel.

Earlier than that, Swipe Labs was profiled in TechCrunch after it raised $6.5 million to “[throw] spaghetti on the App Retailer.” Earlier tasks included a furnishings rental app referred to as Fonzy and an ephemeral photo-sharing app referred to as Swipe that has actually disappeared.

Buyers embody Sherpa Capital, which led the corporate’s Collection A spherical, in addition to Greylock Companions, Khosla Ventures, First Spherical, SV Angel, and Amasia.

The ‘pal’ who invited me is an individual I’ve by no means really spoken to earlier than.

I’ve a sense that isn’t going to vary.

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