I wish more people used Moped. Unlike popular IM services like WhatsApp or Kik, Moped is usable on mobile and the web simultenously, and synchronizes seamlessly between them. It’s also extremely fast, minimalist and accessible; non-Moped users receive emails that can be replied to and synced back to the conversation in the main app.
But let’s start from the beginning. Moped is a small instant messaging platform available for iPhone, Android, the mobile web and the desktop. It has an extremely pared-down blue and white user interface, and integrates with popular APIs from Dropbox, Foursquare, IFTTT, Chrome, LinkedIn, Aviary, Twitter and Facebook. In other words, it doesn’t try to cordon itself off from the rest of the internet; it effortlessly works with services that do things better than it ever could. If you want to share a file with another Moped user, for instance, just drag a file into the chat window from your computer, or use the Dropbox app on your Android device.
In a way, Moped is the perfect email client, since it does away with email addresses until absolutely necessary, but functions as a hyper-connected email client nonetheless. Because users can be added to groups, managing conversations is easy and feels fluid; if you want to break off into a private chat with anyone in the group, that’s easy, too.
Moped would do better to add Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 clients, but having iPhone and Android is good enough for now. There is a plethora of great IM apps for both platforms, from the aforementioned WhatsApp and Kik to Google Hangouts, Hike, Line, WeChat, Skype, Viber and more. It’s not easy to settle on a single platform.
I wish more people used Moped because I think it has the potential to be better than them all.
Download Moped for Android.