Semi-Anonymous Group Chat App Helps Friends Let Their Guards Down

Semi-Anonymous Group Chat App Helps Friends Let Their Guards Down

rumr lets users chat with their friends in a safe zone.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 26 march 2014

A new messaging app called rumr has recently launched and it’s unlike most messaging or chat apps available in the market nowadays.

In a market that already has Snapchat or WhatsApp, it can be challenging to stand out or reinvent the wheel. Earlier this month the market saw the launch of a new app called Banter, which lets users join chats about their favorite topics. While most messaging apps in the market lets users chat with friends and internet strangers alike, but rumr is looking to differentiate itself by offering a “controlled” type of anonymity.

rumr lets users chat anonymously with friends and not with random strangers on the internet.

When using rumr, users can see who is in the chat room but they won’t be able to see who says what. Chat participants are assigned different colors instead of name tags. The users will know when one of their friends joins or leaves the conversation, but the rest of the participants will be re-assigned different colors to keep the conversation anonymous. The more people join the conversation, the more anonymous it becomes.


The “controlled anonymity” encouraged by rumr is designed to not only to allow people to have a bit of fun with their friends, but to also help people have conversations that are hard to have in person. CEO and co-founder James Jerlecki mentioned in a post on TechCrunch that the app also has potential applications in the office setting where companies can take advantage of the app as an anonymous feedback forum. He also said that the platform could be integral to social work, where it could be used in group sessions. They also wanted an environment that was safer than typical internet chat rooms.

rumr can now be downloaded for free on iOS and Android.

[h/t] TechCrunch

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