What is Yubo?
Yubo is a social media app created in 2015 by French engineering students. Originally called Yellow, it was a Snapchat companion app to help users find friends before becoming its own social networking app. It now has 60 million users worldwide.
Its social discovery feature encourages friendship with people from all over the world. Users swipe between profiles and videos being live streamed to meet new people with similar interests. There are separate communities for those aged 13-18 and those over the age of 18 to help keep teens safe on the app.
The ‘Yuboverse’ lets users live stream with up to 10 people, play virtual games, and share screens.
Who uses Yubo?
Yubo is most popular among 13-25-year-olds, which make up an estimated 99% of users. It gained popularity in recent years, especially over the Covid-19 pandemic that saw more interactions online. For instance, from December 2019 to November 2020, the user base increased from 25 million registered users to more than 40 million. In 2022, it boasted 60 million users, showing incredible growth in recent years.
How does it work?
Once you download the app, you must create an account. To do that, you need to enter your birthday, upload a recent picture of yourself and enter your phone number. Photos of pets are not accepted; it must be a photo of yourself. Users then go through identity and age verification before they can use the platform.
Like other social networking apps, users can live stream in real time through the app. Anyone on Yubo will be able to see their live broadcast and send messages, not just their friends. The user streaming the video can choose whether to add viewers as new friends connecting with friends.
The live streaming feature is the app’s core feature and reaches people with similar interests.
Making new friends
Yubo’s design encourages users to make friends with people from all over the world. People can request others be their friends by connecting through Swipes and live streams. Users can also set filters for the age, gender and location of the content they want to see.