Privacy Focused Chat App Omlet Launches At SXSW
Omlet, a privacy focused chat app created by intelligent minds at Stanford offers a different idea on how we should go about communicating, and how we should handle the data generated from communicating.
Monica Lam, a professor at Stanford, along with several of her PhD students created Omlet. The app decentralizes the location of content that is generated by conversation and lets users choose where they want to store the videos, images, and other content.
“Omlet is the first open chat platform that lets users own and manage their data. In a time when users are becoming more aware of the dangers of closed networks that monetize their data, Omlet has created the first open chat platform that gives users the ability to save and manage their data in any way they choose,” said Lam.
Lam is also co-founder and CEO of MobiSocial, which is the company that technically owns Omlet.
Although privacy is a key feature of the app, it isn’t the only one. Omlet is built with collaboration in mind so that it remains a useful and valuable option for communication.
MobiSocial says they will never monetize users’ data. Omlet also lets users connect their Dropbox and Box accounts with the app, with more choices to come in the future.