Rumr hopes to differentiate itself with its slogan, "turn off the lights," a phrase that evokes memories of sleepover parties and summer camp cabins.
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Despite its name, Jerlecki says that keeping groups small inside Rumr should keep things fun — instead of inciting panic like Ask. Another anonymous chat app, Yik Yak, had to shutter access to middle school and high school students because of cyber-bullying concerns.
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The idea sounds like an oxymoron, but is more nuanced than you might think. If you buy something from a Verge link, Vox Media may earn a commission.
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Loading comments Share this story Twitter Facebook. So Jerlecki built Rumr, an app for iPhone and Android that lets you carry out anonymous group chats with friends.
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Jerlecki says that his team has used the app internally to debate feature ideas, and his group of friends has used it to trash talk each other about March Madness. Had someone pitched me Snapchat, an app that "let people be themselves with disappearing photos," I might not have seen a use for it beyond sexting.
Or maybe the anonymous chat trend has simply jumped the shark, spewing out "apps teens want" when teens aren't really asking for anything. Rumr lets you chat with them anonymously.
Rumr certainly looks like a bandwagon-jumper hoping to cash in on the anonymous app train, but if past successes in the space have been any indication, an app's users will be the true measure of its value as a tool — not its slogan or feature set. Cybersecurity Mobile Policy Privacy Scooters.
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