Indian Alternative to Twitter

Indian application Koo, the new alternative to Twitter, has heightened into the talk of the town as it promotes Aatmanirbhar Bharat by proposing a Twitter-like experience, with the support of Indian languages. It is free as an app on both Android and iOS, and also has a webpage. So let’s discuss Koo App Features in detail.

Koo is the champion of India’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat app challenge 2020. Although it abundantly faded from the limelight after that, the app has freshly gained prevalence after Twitter denied to bring down some content that the government had requested to remove. This takedown is an ongoing topic, but in the meanwhile, senior politicians like Union Minister Piyush Goyal, and government organisations like MeitY, have been tweeting about Koo Application and their accounts on this platform.

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What is Koo and what are Koo app Features?

Koo is another microblogging platform just like Twitter. Here users can forward their opinions to their followers. The app has been developed by Aprameya Radhakrishna, who is also the CEO and co-founder at Koo. It was launched in March 2020 and won AatmaNirbhar Bharat Innovate Challenge for making the best Indian apps that hold the potential to grow as world-class apps. The idea behind the development of this application was to enable Indian users to share their views in local languages.

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According to a section from the Koo website, “Just 10 percent of India speaks English. Almost 1 billion people in India don’t know English. Instead they speak one of India’s 100s of languages. They are now getting access to smartphones and would love an internet in their language.” It goes on to state, “Koo is an attempt to make the voice of these Indians heard. They can now participate on the internet in their mother tongue by listening to the views of some of the sharpest Indian minds and also speak their mind by sharing their thoughts.”

Koo has been recognized by the Government of India and Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi as one of the Aatmanirbhar Apps of India.”

Koo – The Indian Alternative to Twitter is available for free on iOS and Android, and there is a web platform in the form of the website, where you can check out the feed.

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Why is Koo in the news? Is this all because of Koo app Features?

Koo got back into the limelight after Piyush Goyal tweeted about entering the Indian microblogging platform. This occurs while an ongoing disagreement between Twitter and the Indian government. Reportedly, The government ordered Twitter to eliminate over 1,000 accounts that it stated were circulating misinformation and provocative content regarding the protests. But Twitter behaved rudely to this and said it did not take any action on accounts associated to journalists, activists, media entities and politicians.

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Not just Goyal, there are other superior politicians who are handling their accounts on Koo, including Minister of Electronics, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad. Government departments and ministries such as the Central Board of Indirect Taxes (CBIC), Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT),  MyGovIndia, India Post, National Informatics Centre (NIC) and Digital India, among others, are also using the platform.

How do I download Koo?

Koo is a free application available on both iOS and Android. Users can visit Google Play Store and search for “Koo”. The app is titled “Koo: Connect with Indians in Indian Languages” on Play Store.

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What are Koo App features?

Koo has characteristics that are pretty similar to Twitter. It enables users to follow people and browse through a feed. Users can share audio, video or text in their messages. It has Kannada, Tamil, Tamil, Telugu and English language options, with some more additional languages coming soon. It supports people to communicate and convey their opinions to their followers in local languages.

There is a limit of 400 characters for the messages and are called “Koo”.

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