With Twitter going behind the paywall, Indian microblogging platform Koo has found the perfect opportunity to make its presence felt. It’s Founder and CEO Aparameya Radhakrishna today invited those with a verified account on Twitter to join KOO and get an instant free verified tick.
“All the lovely handles here on Twitter, you are welcome to join @kooindia and ping me here on comments for a “FREE” instant verified tick! Don’t pay Rs. 650 per month. Go ahead and tag some verified folks on this tweet and let’s get everyone verified on @kooindia,” tweeted Aprameya Radhakrishna.
All the lovely verified handles here on Twitter, you are welcome to join @kooindia and ping me here on comments for a 'FREE' instant verified tick! Don't pay Rs. 650 per month.
Go ahead tag some verified folks on this tweet and let's get everyone verified on @kooindia! 😇
— Aprameya 🇮🇳 (@aprameya) November 2, 2022
Twitter’s chief Elon Musk, announced that the platform would charge $8 or something around Rs 650 a month to verify accounts. “Twitter’s current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bullshit. Power to the people! Blue for $8/month,” he tweeted on November 1. The fee would be adjusted to the purchasing parity of each country.
Twitter’s current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn’t have a blue checkmark is bullshit.
Power to the people! Blue for $8/month.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 1, 2022
Twitter’s putting a price for a Blue Tick, the model known as “Blue Twitter” hasn’t gone down well with some.
Koo clocked 50 million downloads with a large increase in users, time spent and engagement since January this year.
With a high adoption rate in terms of app installs and average time spent in the past couple of months, the platform continues to drive digital inclusion among the native language-speaking citizens of India. Koo is a multilingual platform.
Celebrating the milestone, Radhakrishna said, “This validates the demand for a multilingual social network built with an India-first product mindset of seamlessly including language-speaking Indians in daily thoughts sharing. Our rapid growth and adoption is a testimony to the fact that we are solving a problem faced by a billion Indians.”
Currently, Koo is available in 10 languages including Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Assamese, Bengali and English.
There are more than 7500 eminent voices, millions of students, teachers, entrepreneurs, poets, leaders, writers, artists, actors, etc. actively posting in their native language to celebrate festivals, culture, and rich heritage on Koo App.
“There is huge potential for further growth. There are about 80 crore Internet users in the country, the majority of whom wish to express themselves in their native language. Their sharing of thoughts is restricted to closed groups and known people. They are unable to express themselves freely on the open Internet and be discovered,” the Koo CEO said in a statement on November 2.
He further said, “We are proud of our mission of being inclusive and enabling freedom of expression for 90 per cent of native language-speaking Indians. As we move ahead, we will continue to invest in our technology and continue to build the platform with a user-first mindset to further drive digital independence for native language-speaking users in India and across the world.”
Koo App was launched in March 2020 as a multi-lingual, micro-blogging platform to enable Indians to express themselves online in their mother tongue.