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Pioneering the Indian social media revolution

Koo has captivated the nation with its unwavering commitment to privacy, local content, and support for Indian languages.

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VoiceData Pathbreaker of the Year 2022

In the ever-evolving realm of social media, one platform has emerged as a true trailblazer in the Indian digital landscape. Koo, a homegrown social media sensation, has captivated the nation with its unwavering commitment to privacy, local content, and support for Indian languages. Surpassing Twitter India in both popularity and valuation, with a staggering 50 million downloads, Koo stands as a testament to the burgeoning demand for indigenous alternatives that celebrate local culture and language.

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At the core of Koo’s triumph lies its unwavering dedication to showcasing local content. With a dedicated section brimming with news and information from various Indian states, Koo has become the go-to platform for politicians, celebrities, and everyday individuals seeking an authentic Indian experience. Its availability in ten Indian languages has further propelled its meteoric rise, enabling a wider range of users to engage and connect, contributing to its remarkable growth.

Yet, Koo’s influence extends far beyond the borders of India. In countries like Brazil and Nigeria, it has made waves as a compelling alternative to established social media giants. Brazilians, disenchanted by recent changes on Twitter, flocked to Koo, amassing over two million downloads in no time. Similarly, in Nigeria, Koo emerged as a coveted sanctuary after Twitter faced an indefinite ban. This global recognition underscores Koo’s potential for expansion and its unique ability to resonate with users across diverse cultural landscapes.

Investors have eagerly embraced Koo’s triumph, with the platform’s founders successfully raising a staggering USD 30 million in Series B funding. This resounding support from esteemed investors attests to Koo’s limitless growth potential and sets the stage for its exciting future development and expansion. Koo’s impact on the Indian and international social media landscapes serves as a powerful reminder of the imperative to prioritise homegrown alternatives that honour local customs, languages, and privacy.

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Koo first catapulted into the limelight in August 2020, when it clinched the prestigious AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge, an initiative launched by MyGov, the Indian government’s citizen engagement platform. The accolade, awarded in the Social category, solidified Koo’s position as a trailblazing solution within the Indian digital ecosystem.

Founded by Aprameya Radhakrishna and Mayank Bidawatka, Koo aimed to create a compelling alternative to Twitter, granting a voice to countless Indians previously confined to WhatsApp groups due to the dearth of regional language options on existing social media platforms. Initially launched with support for the local Kannada language, Koo swiftly blossomed into the second-largest multilingual microblogging platform, championing languages like Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, and more.

Having amassed an impressive 50 million downloads, Koo stands as a pioneer in language-based microblogging, actively harnessed by over 7,500 eminent personalities spanning diverse industries. Its influence transcends borders, captivating users across 100+ countries through its app and web platform.

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Recognising the transformative power of artificial intelligence, Koo seamlessly integrated generative AI, specifically ChatGPT, into its platform, empowering users to effortlessly craft captivating and relevant posts. Koo’s groundbreaking integration enables users to draft posts using ChatGPT directly within the app, a first among the existing social media platforms.

Koo’s commitment to an unparalleled user experience is exemplified by a host of remarkable features. These include the ability to edit Koos, free self-verification, multiple profile photos, support for numerous media attachments, extended video capabilities, the option to save and schedule Koos, and effortless tweet importation, obviating the need to start from scratch.

Acknowledging its groundbreaking initiatives and the successful launch of the Made in India social media platform, Koo was awarded the coveted Pathbreaker of the Year accolade for 2022 by the esteemed Jury of the Telecom Leadership Award and Editors of Voice&Data magazine. This prestigious recognition solidifies Koo’s standing as a revolutionary force, reshaping the Indian social media landscape.

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As Koo continues to evolve and flourish, its unwavering commitment to safeguarding user privacy, amplifying local content, and championing Indian languages remains unyielding. With its unprecedented success, Koo shines as an illustrious exemplar of indigenous alternatives, reflecting the cultural tapestry and aspirations of a nation within the global digital arena.

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