With #BanTwitter trending in India, the homegrown alternative called Koo app is getting a lot of attention. This makes the 10-month old app cross over 3 million downloads with a growth of 10 times since December 2020, said Koo co-founder Mayank Bidawatka to News18 during an interview. Also Read - Top 5 popular made in India social media apps you must try out: Moj, Sandes, Koo, more
Google Play Store shows that the app has garnered over 10,00,000 downloads and currently has a rating of 4.5 on the Android app store. Apple does not show the number of downloads, however, its India App Store states that the app is #1 in Social Networking. The app has a rating of 4.2 on iOS. Also Read - Twitter vs Koo: Nigeria government joins India's Koo app after Twitter’s ban in the country
On the Play Store, the app is published by Koo India, whereas, on the App Store, the app is published by Bombinate Technologies Private Limited. Also Read - Twitter ban: India's alternative Koo now available in Nigeria
Another report states that Koo currently has over 1 million monthly active users.
Koo is a microblogging platform similar to Twitter. It is available in multiple languages including English, Hindi, Kannada, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Bengali and Malayalam. Bidawatka told News18 that the company’s goal is to give public figures such as politicians a local language platform to communicate with their vernacular audiences, in online circles.
A number of popular personalities have opened accounts on Koo. These include union ministers Piyush Goyal and Ravi Shankar Prasad, singer Jaswinder Singh, author Amish Tripathi, sports personalities like Pawan Kumar, Javagal Srinath, Anil Kumble, Bollywood actor Ashutosh Rana and more.
Apart from these personalities, Koo also has verified accounts of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), MyGov, India Post, National Informatics Centre and more.
In other news, Koo has raised $4.1 million during its recent Series A funding from 3one4 Capital, Accel Partners, Kalaari Capital, Blume Ventures and Dream Incubator. The valuation of the company has not been revealed as of now. However, Bidawatka has stated that they have found the right set of investors who believe in their product.