‘Hello’, is a new application developed by the founder of the once popular social media website Orkut, and it is available for Indian users. The Hello app enables users to connect with others who share common interests in particular fields. However, the app is currently available only for beta testing in the country. Meanwhile, the stable version of the Orkut successor is expected to be launched in a few days. If you want to get started in the app, you will have an option to choose from a lot of categories like artist, selfie lover, photographer, cat owner and many others. You just have to select what you think is the best match for you. Users can go for upto five different personas and alter them later as well.
The ‘Hello’ application prompts its users to set up their profile. You will have to enter details, like a picture, your first name, last name, gender, location, languages and birth date. Only users equal to or above 18 years of age can use the Hello app. You can sign-in with either with your phone number or your email id. Once you get logged in, the application will show the feed on its home page, which will be customised according to usage and choices. The feed will be based on the kind of personas which users choose. Also, users will be able to browse and look trending features in their persona.
Hello’s Google Play Store page reads as: “Hello Network, Inc. was founded by well-known social pioneer Orkut Buyukkokten (creator of orkut.com). After witnessing the evolution of social networking over the past 16 years, Orkut was inspired to help bring people together around their common interests — a vision that changes how the world does social. Hello is the perfect place to meet people who love what you do. Join Hello now!”
If you become a ‘Hello’ user, you can create a community, join one or you can just choose to browse through trending communities on the app. Also, users can search for people on ‘Hello’, invite them as ‘friends’ and chat with them too. Friends can be invited over via phone numbers or anyone who’s in a user’s phone book. In Feed, people can browse, post a comment and like posts by clicking on the heart icon. Each heart adds to a ‘milestone bar’, which can be filled to receive karma points.