Why talk to a stranger when you can text them!? Yobongo, a much-ballyhooed chat app that lets you talk to strangers in the same geographic area, finally went live in the App Store. SXSW will never be the same again!

What is it?

Yobongo, Free, iPhone. Currently serving NYC, San Francisco, and Austin, TX (where else), you just fire up the app and see who else in your area happens to be chatting. The user base is pretty small right now, so our "New York" group included like all of New York, New Jersey, and Brooklyn, but presumably once more people join that radius will get smaller and smaller and chats will get more and more geographically intimate. Everyone's messages are accompanied by a little avatar photo, so you can get a sense of who you're talking to, and you can initiate a private chat in the event that you find someone you want to get to know a little less, um, publicly.

Who's it good for?

Shy peeps, tech/media scenesters, people who are convinced they're funnier over SMS than they are in real life.

Why's it better than alternatives?

It's a novel concept, and it's free to try out.

Yobongo for iPhone

How could it be even better?

The key here is users—talking to people across New York City isn't nearly as compelling a concept as firing the app up and talking to people in the same public park as you. So more users. And then more cities.

Yobongo for iPhoneYobongo, iPhone | iTunes

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