I recently became aware of a new messenger app called Gliph while reading more about Bitcoin. Coincidentally I had been looking for a new messenger app to use within a new group I had created. I had considered using apps that I had success with in the past, but somehow they just felt tired. Then I heard about Gliph through a CoinDesk article.
Apparently Gliph had made the news for reintroducing Bitcoin functionality within their app which had previously been removed when Apple had banned Bitcoin apps from their app store. I decided to give Gliph a try as any messenger with Bitcoin functionality was worth a try. Plus I later discovered that Gliph is out of Silicon Valley, which is another huge bonus. As I have mentioned in earlier articles products that come out of Palo Alto are just plain better.
I have been using Gliph for a few days and it’s really great. Here are a few items that I believe make it really stand out from the competition:
1. Elegant Interface. The overall look and feel just feels perfect to me. It feels lightweight and elegant. These things are difficult to describe but you know when something is done right and when it’s not. The Gliph team really nailed it.
2. Group Chat. Gliph allows you to create separate groups where you can invite individual members. One of the great feature that I hadn’t found in other messengers was the ability to actually upload a logo to your group independent of your account avatar. I had also heard that you can use pseudonyms when interacting in other groups, for example when interacting on social games as opposed to a professional group but I haven’t tried this out yet.
3. Multiple Platforms. Gliph is available for both iOS and Android mobile devices. An added bonus is that you can also use it via a Web based interface. I found this aspect appealing as some potential group members are non-technical and may not use a smart mobile device. The Web interface is a good fallback.
4. Secure. Gliph allows you to use non-alphanumeric characters or “gliphs” instead of your name. This is a cool and unique feature.
5. Bitcoin support. Last but not least is the Bitcoin support. Gliph allows you to link to a Coinbase account and send and receive bitcoins through Gliph. I haven’t used this yet but look forward to doing so soon!
If you’re looking for a simple, elegant, and secure messenger with Bitcoin support be sure to give Gliph a try. This is a really amazing app that I cannot praise highly enough!