Twitter founder Biz Stone launches Q&A App Jelly worldwide
Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on Tuesday launched his latest venture, called Jelly. It is a question-and-answer app for iOS and Android which will allow users to ask and answer short questions based on contextual images.
The new question-and-answer style social networking app is currently available for free on iOS and Android-based smartphones.
The smartphone app lets users submit questions alongside a picture captured from their phone’s camera. These questions are then shared via social networks (Facebook or Twitter), email or text messages. Connections from the user’s social networks can then help answer his/her question through the app.
Stone hopes the app will change the way people gather answers to their questions. According to Telegraph, Stone explained how Jelly works in a blog post, saying: “Say you’re walking along and you spot something unusual. You want to know what it is so you launch Jelly, take a picture, circle it with your finger, and type, ‘What’s this?’
“That query is submitted to some people in your network who also have Jelly. Jelly notifies you when you have answers.
“Jelly is designed to search the group mind of your social networks—and what goes around, comes around. You may find yourself answering questions as well as asking.”
Stone, who co-founded Twitter in 2006 and left the company in June 2011, co-invented Jelly Industries with Ben Finkel in 2012. However, he kept his Jelly project mostly under wraps until November, when the company quietly announced its digital home on the web, jelly.co, and a permanent office in San Francisco.
The Jelly mobile app seeks to improve the way people search for information and find answers to their queries by taking help of people instead of Internet search engines.
“In a world where 140 characters is considered a maximum length, a picture really is worth a thousand words,” Stone wrote in the blog post. “Images are in the foreground of the Jelly experience because they add depth and context to any question.”
“Everyone is mobile, everyone is connected. So if you have a question, there’s somebody out there that knows the answer,” said Stone, who is also the CEO of Jelly in a video on the company’s website.
Jelly will face competition from other sites, like Quora and Ask.com, which already focus exclusively on question-and-answer style interactions.
However, Stone believes Jelly’s mobile-only approach and how it uses social networks for finding information makes it different from these sites.