The new Marco Polo video messaging app sees itself as the “video walkie talkie” of 2017. It allows users to send quick messages back and forth with your friends. It may also one day be slated to replace Snapchat as a video messaging app. Like its rival Snapchat, Marco Polo can send video messages that are only a few seconds long. Unlike the former however, Marco Polo has the ability to save all your videos so you can have a running conversation with your friend, group of friends, or family members. Marco Polo was created by Joya Communications, which says on its website that its mission is “to help people feel close no matter the distance, enabling people to remain connected in convenient and meaningful ways.” Marco Polo has actually been around for more than a year now, but it is just starting to catch on. It has a 4.4 out of 5 rating on the Google Play Store and more than 84,000 reviews, and a 4.5 out of 5 rating on Apple’s App Store. Marco Polo is also the eighth top free social networking app in the App Store.
A quick Twitter search will also pull up hundreds of tweets about the app. Some users complain about Marco Polo spamming their contacts, and the app does ask to access your contacts during the set up, but it apparently has texted some users contacts in the past. The text (or spam) basically just requests people to download the app. Many users also mention using the app to communicate with their families, so this means Marco Polo isn’t just used by teens.
Here’s how to use it:
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After downloading the app and a quick setup (entering your phone number, adding a picture of yourself, etc.), the app takes you to your home screen. Here, you’ll see tiles for each of your friends on the app. To get started, you can click on a friend’s tile. It will take you to a screen where you can swipe between several different filters before recording your video. To record, you just hit the “Start” button. You can record a video message for anyone and this is called a Polo, which is just a few seconds long. Marco Polo is intended for quick back-and-forth messages, not long-winded voicemails. The video is automatically saved into the chat. To watch videos you’ve already recorded, just tap on the small tile at the tile at the bottom. To delete one, hold down on the thumbnail until a menu pops up. Like Snapchat or Instagram Stories, you can draw on and add text to your video. And by pressing on the screen with two fingers while recording, you can animate your illustrations. Marco Polo has six filters at present. Unfortunately these filters aren’t very sophisticated yet and don’t perform well in well-lit areas. The app also encourages you to “text when you can’t talk.” This feature looks nearly identical to Snapchat except for one main difference: You can only send Polos as videos, not still photos.