Banter Chat Inc. has launched what they are calling the first anonymous social network to connect people through interests and location. Available for Android and iOS, Banter employs a bare-what-you-dare approach to user profiles, allowing users to remain completely anonymous, if they so choose.
Banter focuses on creating a fluid, real-time conversation based on specific topics, allowing users to include images, gifs, links, videos, emoji and more to enrich the conversation. Topics are divided into separate chat rooms, reminiscent of the chat rooms of old. To help with both the anonymity and fluid nature of the conversation, Banter says they kill all public messages after 24 hours.
Public chat rooms are already running for topics such as Cuteness, Food, Games, Sports and more. A cool extra feature is Chat Near Me, in which they pull your GPS coordinates and suggest chat rooms based on businesses or events near you – similar to the Nearby stream in Google+. In addition to public chat rooms, there are private rooms – none are running now, but they promise access controlled chat rooms so you can communicate with just your chosen Banter friends.
Banter also makes it easy to keep up with multiple conversations at once. Starting up the app places you in your Stream, which includes all messages from all of the chat rooms that you have opted into. Your Stream is read-only providing one click access into the individual rooms.
Other anonymous messaging systems have become popular lately, apps like Secret or Whisper allow users to anonymously chat with others, but do not offer the same sort of interests based public chat rooms. Most other anonymous chat tools require personal info, such as an email address, to register. Banter does not require personal info, simply create a username and password to get started.