Born from the fighting pits of Techcrunch Disrupt’s hackathon messaging app Hiboo has launched to the public. The app aims to banish self-censorship. To do this, they’ve banned its users from carefully editing their messages. Instead, every single character is instantly sent to the recipient.
The app sparked a bit of debate among techies with the sheer number of requests they must manage. Whenever you send data to a server you are making a request. These requests are small, but many can put a strain on the server. Where an app like Facebook Messenger might make one request per message, Hiboo would make dozens. When you consider that WhatsApp handles 740,000 requests per second, you can only imagine how many Hiboo would be making at their size.
Hiboo has told us that at launch they had already handled 30 million requests. However they’re not phased.
It’s a challenge to make a good messaging app itself. Challenge in terms of number of requests will be once we get much more users – but that’s a good problem to have and we are prepared. The obstacle would be latency – smooth conversation is the key factor to make users love the messenger. – CTO Andriy Marin
Hiboo tell me that they’re fully prepared for the increase in requests and, if need be, will simply invest in more servers. They also plan to develop a P2P version, which makes a lot of sense.
Get the app from the App Store now.