One of the great things about Twitter is that – unlike email – people are forced to get to the point by the limits on the medium. But unlike email, you can’t CC anyone on a private communication. However, on Moped, a startup based out of Berlin, you can. In fact, Moped’s iPhone and Android app is SO useful for sending private messages to individuals and groups, that I really do wonder why you people are still DM-ing on Twitter. You can also take photos and share them on Moped privately. Today they’ve released photos with filters. Photos are a big way of how we share our private experiences – look at the rise of apps like Path and Pair for that.
The Effects (filters) come in 12 formats. You can crop, add meme-like text to your filters, draw on them.
Moped is a private messaging platform that lets you send IM-like messages, but still with the useful hashtags (#s) and @s you find on Twitter. Users login via Facebook (or get a normal account) and message each other by @-ing recipient(s). It’s WAY simpler than using an app like GroupMe for privately sharing in groups. It’s also integrated with Dropbox, so unlike other messaging or private sharing apps, users can share big ﬁles within their messages. Indeed, a Chrome extension lets users to start conversations from a browser window.
Moped for messaging is just very useful. Contacts and conversations are synced across Moped apps, so if you have an iPhone at home, but use an Android when you travel, you don’t miss any conversations because conversations you have on one device, show up on the other. With Dropbox integration and a Google Chrome extension Moped is trying to cover all the bases from desktop to mobile.
The Berlin-based startup has $1 million from SV Angel (Ron Conway), Lerer Ventures, Betaworks and Earlybird Capital.