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Is the iPhone the new walkie- talkie?

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Last month, a new application was introduced  for the iphone/ android known as “HeyTell”.  This application  allows users to transform their phones into a walkie – talkies. Users went crazy for the app claiming it made them “feel like kids again”. The app currently has 4 million users, and this is expected to increase with a new feature to the application, public relays.

This application allows iphone/android users to HeyTell message any other users of the application within their vicinty. This is a voice- chat that is based on your location and allows users to have groups chats with eachother at any given time.  In essence, if you are sending a message to someone else users within your proximity can recieve the message as well and respond.

The HeyTell application does allow users to set their privacy settings to high, medium, and low. The high setting allows users to only receive messages from friends, the medium allows friends and users within the closest proximity, while low allows basically anyone (even strangers) to get in touch with users. I think the application itself is something that is fun to have, however I think that the new public relay feature to the applicaton is a bit risky to use because you can in essence be speaking to anyone. In my opinion, this application shows  how social media is taking over the world in which we live, where applications and new technology allow us to contact and speak to almost anyone right from our phones effortlessly.

http://techcrunch.com/2011/03/01/heytell-party-relay/?icid=maing|main5|dl6|sec3_lnk1|49768

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Written by nicoletrapani1

March 21, 2011 at 4:12 pm

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