A new app called Yubl has claimed fourth position in Apple’s UK ranking of free social networking apps, just 10 weeks after launching on the App Store.
The app is currently placed fourth behind WhatsApp, Facebook, and Facebook Messenger – and ahead of Skype, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Periscope.
According to independent app analytics company App Annie, Yubl debuted at 501st overall in apps and 29th in the social networking category when it launched on February 24.
It fell from there and hit a bottom on March 27 at number 825 in social networking apps, but shot back up to 4th place on May 4, after being featured in the ‘New apps we love’ section on iTunes.
Yubl aims to give social media fans yet another way to interact with one another on their smartphones.
Users can create animated and interactive posts – by combining text, stickers, video, photos and “buttons” – and then share their posts with groups of friends.
Once shared, everyone in the group can see and interact with the Yubl post. Any interactions are synchronised across everyone’s devices, so everyone in the group shares the same view.
The Yubl buttons allow users to interact with each other in real time. So for example, you can gather opinions using “vote” buttons, or share your location using a “whereabouts” button.
You can also send links on Yubl using “weblink” buttons and shows everyone in the chat where to meet up using the “pinpoint” button.
Users can choose whether to shate their Yubls publicly or in closed groups. They can also use the app to follow brands, media creators and celebrities.
“The challenge was to find a new, fun, exciting and entertaining social messaging platform that would transform the way people communicate with each other and their world,” said Jonathan Ellis, chairman and founder of Yubl.
“To create a place to message and interact with your friends, shout your ideas, seek opinions and explore without being bombarded with adverts.”
Yubl is free to download from the App Store and Google Play and promises to always be free. It won’t carry intrusive advertising now or in the future, the company said.
The Mirror is already on Yubl can be found if users type “dailymirror” into the search bar of the app.