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A new kind of social network that already has 4 million users

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Taptrip is a free social network app that lets you connect with international friends from more ... More

Editor's review

Published 26 Nov 2015

If I told you that there was a social network out there that had over 4 million users across 250 countries and regions and you've never heard of it, my guess is that you'd be a little surprised. I certainly was when I first came across Taptrip. This free social network for Android connects you with new friends from all over the world via photo posting and chat. Thats all very well, but how does one get across the language barriers, you're probably asking? Well, Taptrip automatically translates your posts into any of 17different languages, enabling seamless communication with your new global friends.

Taptrip is a new kind of social network that connects you with new friends via their photographs. You can share your life and the things that you love with friendly faces from virtually every country around the world. The way to meet new people is to request a friendship based on their profile photo. When your friendship is accepted, you can enjoy translated foreign chat and find out all the interesting stuff about people from different countries with different cultures. When you post your own photo to the app you can customize it with cool filters and effects and, when you use the most recent update, you can even seal your new found global friendship by requesting them to take a 'double selfie' with you.

When you open the app you will see that photos are broken down into the different countries that they come from. You can either search countries on the world map or search by their name and check out all the photos that are posted daily from people all around the world. You'll see posts from the many friends you have made and others you would like to befriend. If you love someone's post you can either use the chat button or the friend button to make contact. You can send messages directly along with photos, stickers or emojis with all chats free and translated automatically. You can also make use of the translated chat through the comment section of your photos.

Sadly, one of the things that has become very obvious over the last few years is that people around the world have become much more insular. While we watch the news every night, many of us seem to be more interested in what the weather is like or whether Kim has a bigger behind than Nicki rather than what's happening in Africa or Asia. Taptrip has a global news feature where you can read the news, post comments, discuss the situation you've just read about and befriend people who actually live in those places. You can also throw out a request to users who might share similar interests to you. For example, if you are a fan of food from another part of the world you can post a request for Central American or Asian food fans to contact you with great recipes. Likewise, if you are a fan of a specific sports team you can throw a shout out to fellow fans around the world.

As you might have noticed, Taptrip is a very different kind of social network. Rather than being a network like Facebook where you connect mostly with friends you are already aware of, this one encourages you to reach out to people who are from different countries and have completely different cultures to your own. It's also very different visually too with a completely different philosophy to other networks. Thats the first thing you will notice when you open the app. There's some interesting and unique features too. Every day, they will feature a random selection of photo posts that are based on the app's 'theme of the day.' One day it might be 'selfies,' the next 'food' and the next might be 'pets.' All kinda innovative and fun.

With 4 million registered users, over 220,000 active daily log-ins and 15,000 newbies using the app every day, Taptrip has to be one of the fastest growing social networks around. It encourages you to connect with people who share your common interests but live in lands that you might never have even heard of. It’s a place where you can share your passions and find out what the locals really think of stories that you read about in the news. Whats more, with automatic language translation, theres no need to worry about language difficulties. I don't know about you but I'm thinking that there's a lot here that other social networks like Facebook could seriously think about employing. You know what? I like Taptrip!

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