For a casual observer, Vakow! could be just another Twitter clone. The same old “Followers”. The same old background picture-customisation and the same sized profile picture. Heck, even their navigation tabs are extremely similar. And yes, even though it’s use is to build up a collection of SMS forwards it seems more like a communications device.
However, it is not completely a Twitter clone. It’s different, and it’s Indian. It has quite a few nifty features that would definitely appeal to the average cellphone user, and it also has those extra features that Twitter lacks viz. those tags. Especially those tags. {I do not believe in hashtags, gah} Here, you can just tag your preferred forward. Makes it search able, and makes it less of a pain.
Secondly, since the number works with every carrier in India (It is not a shortcode), it’s dramatically easier to work with, and cheaper too!


I came across Vakow! by way of their quite clever marketing: I had subscribed to Twitter’s India Shortcode helpline quite a while ago, and today I saw something utterly nice. To be able to post to Twitter without those hideous amounts of money going away from my cellphone! Here’s to the two – Rahul Gupta and Amit Upadhyay for making quite the awesome Indian mobile startup!


About Aruni RC

Engineering student, IT.Programming and fantasy, sci-fi enthusiast.

Posted on April 2, 2008, in Mobile, Startups. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Thanks Kazarelth πŸ™‚

    Really glad that you liked what we’re doing.

  2. Ah well, some feedback. πŸ™‚

    ps – Kaz, I know you’ll detest the color scheme. I’m getting colorblind, sorry. πŸ˜› (henceforth, do instigate me into some original coding, as you did last time. It’s not so bad after all. heh)

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