Do we need even more messaging apps right now? Apparently, Yahoo thinks so as they suddenly launched a new app that is meant for “organized” group messaging. Called Squirrel, the app appeared on the Google Play Store but for now, you won’t be able to actually use it since you need an invitation from a friend who’s already using it. The app seems to be competing more with productivity apps like Slack or Discord rather than WhatsApp or Messenger.
At this point, since we can’t actually try it, we’ll have to rely on the short description it has on its Google Play page. It looks like you have to be part of a group of some sorts and within that group, you can create different rooms for separate people or topics. But if you want group-wide announcements, you can chat in the main room. You have the option to mute certain rooms if nothing (or too many things) is going on. You can also create secret rooms if you don’t want that private chat to appear on the list of rooms.
There is a thing called Blast which we assume is something like a tag or an @username to call attention to specific people. The reactions says you can create “your own one-tap reactions” which sounds like emojis or something similar to it. You will also be able to attach files, photos, links, and then easily find them all in one place. You will also be able to see all your mentions in one screen with the activity view.
As we said, you won’t be able to download or use the app yet, unless someone invites you to be part of it. Would you want to try Squirrel out, despite all the other options out there in the market?