Whispurr takes email and text messaging and finds some innovative middle ground. This application provides users with a way to send more details than a text message permits, however limits these messages to 300 characters. This limitation offers a way to allow more details, but without becoming a full blown email. The idea is that users can share messages with individuals or groups that are to the point, but also detailed. Rather than losing interest in a long email, readers can get information in an abridged format without the limitations of a text message.
Five individual team members are responsible for Whispurr’s creation. The application’s history is an interesting testament to how people from all over the globe can come together to create something new and innovative. Stefano Rocco from Italy, Hakan Guzelgoz from Turkey, Vivienne Condell-Insalaco from Ireland, Kerem Seur from the United States and Turkey and Jill Moynihan from the United States all had a hand in various aspects of Whispurr.
Although there are many other ways to send a message to another person, Whispurr takes elements of various methods and combines them into a single application. Rather than send a long email, or feel limited by a brief text message, Whispurr provides users with enough space to get into some detail, but without going overboard. Just like a text message, a “whisp” can keep readers interested enough to act or respond without losing anything due to length. Just like other methods of communication, Whispurr users can send a message to individuals or groups. Overall, the application has taken a task that has been done before and improved upon it.
From the moment the fun, hand drawn style logo appears, it is obvious Whispurr sets the tone for a lighthearted social networking environment. The graphics have childlike qualities that make users feel right at home. Although it may not be considered as professional as other social networking websites, the look lends itself well to Whispurr’s purpose. The pastel, cloud accented background is complimented by matching green pencil-drawn corner accents that add dimension to the Whispurr website’s personality.
New users can click the small registration button found on the homepage to access the account creation form. The initial set up is very minimal, requiring only an email address and password. Once these basic details are added, users will then progress to the username page. The username also determines the profile URL. No verification emails are required and users can immediately begin sending messages, or whisps.
Whispurr is offered as a completely free service for users. No fees are required to gain access to all of the application’s features and user preference settings. At this point, there has been no indication this will change. The free account creation and usage helps encourage new visitors to try Whispurr and see if “macro-messaging” is as effective as the website claims.
Fans of social networking websites, such as Facebook and Twitter, can appreciate the features offered on the Whispurr website. Artists and business owners can also use this online community as a way to reach a new audience of potential customers. Updates can be sent at any time to specified groups, informing customers or friends of updates, changes, and important events they may want to participate in.