Skype has released Qik, an ephemeral group video messaging app that’s orthogonal to their flagship client, requiring only phone number verification to use. Videos automatically expire after exactly two weeks – though you have the option to delete them at any time – and you can create Qik Fliks, which are 5-second snippets of video that are reusable and can be sent in place of a freshly taken clip.
Some magic probably lies with Fliks, but I’ve been too distracted by a fascinating design decision to try it: when you tap “add people”, you’re presented with your entire contact list. The ability to identify contacts who already have the app and filter them out from the rest of your contact list is completely absent.
With any newly released app, if you see that you have little to no friends who already have it installed, it can seem extremely desolate, and, when there’s desolation in the...
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