India’s Innovative Mobile Twitter: Sms Gupshup

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Twitter now has competition from one of the biggest technologically innovative countries in the world—India. Competition takes the form of Sms GupShup.

Twitter now has competition from one of the biggest technologically innovative countries in the world—India. Competition takes the form of Sms GupShup.

Although Twitter is quite popular in the U.S., this version seems to have similarities as well as differences. It is free to sign up with sMs GupShup, but its primary difference from Twitter is that it targets mobile users, sending messages directly to your mobile. Many people prefer Sms GupShup because mobile use is the primary method of communication rather than the pc these days.

This site seems to cater to groups as a target audience. Each user can have multiple groups which helps differentiate between family, friends, and colleagues. You can create a group free of charge, or you can join an already existing group. Unlike Twitter, GupShup seems to be the go-between for messages. To send a message to your group, you send a Sms to GupShup and they forward it to members of that group. You can receive messages from members from anywhere in the world.

GupShup has amassed several million more members than Twitter. The user interface is easier to navigate and the look and feel have more of a community appearance. Users have the ability to send picture messages through the gallery. This feature is popular for mobile users since it enables users to communicate more personally by adding a picture. Users can share funny messages or groups with friends by forwarding them to their mobile phones. A person does not have to be a member of the site to receive messages from them. The GupShup member just sends the message or group to their friends’ e-mail or Facebook accounts if they do not wish to receive messages via their mobile.

Sms GupShup empowers its members by cutting out team moderation. Instead of moderators controlling the nature of the messages, community members have the option of flagging a message that they find offensive. A team member then views the flagged message and takes appropriate action.

Users can reply to group posts via their mobile phones and Sms GupShup sends the reply to the owner of that group. Sms GupShup is only available to Indian phone numbers. However, users can still access GupShup from their pc. Although the user is not charged for the messages sent with GupShup, they are charged for the data transfer. 
Overall, this is a very innovative site for those living in India. If you have business contacts in India and could not send messages to your contact, then it would benefit internet users outside India. Perhaps Twitter will take some of its features and implement them but until then, Sms GupShup is vastly superior for those living in India.

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