Stop Texting and Start Gliding. Why Glide Is My New Fave App of 2015.

What WhatsApp is to chat, Glide may yet be to video messaging
Smartphone (Photo credit: Courtesy)
Smartphone (Photo credit: Courtesy)

Go to the app store for Apple or Android and download Glide.

Ok… I know I am supposed to start off an article like this with some grand vision or some long-winded statement, but net net, tachlis, bottom line, after using Glide, I really think this application is what the future of live video messaging is all about.

Born of Necessity

As with so many innovations and startups that come from Israel, Glide’s three founders, Ari Roisman, Jonathan Caras, and Adam Korbl wanted a way to keep in touch with friends and family in the U.S. and Australia where they were from.

While they tried various messaging and calling apps, there was still something missing. They were clunky, consumed lots of bandwidth, or required you to record a video, save it, send it, or schedule a video call.

They figured out a way to build a simple, lightning fast and easy to use way to communicate and add the personal touch of video. When I met with Glide CTO Jonathan Caras in Jerusalem, he told me how his son communicates with his grandmother back in the U.S. using Glide. When she comes to visit, or when the Caras’ come to the U.S. for a family visit, their son already knows and connects with his grandmother.

The Future of Live Video Messaging.

Glide lets me communicate in more of a stream of consciousness manner, in real time, without clogging storage on my smartphone, or needing to sync up or schedule anything.

I just Glide as I would text and just send.

I know when the other person (or persons) are viewing the message, and often times, when I am using it, video messaging is almost in real time.

And as a Times of Israel reader, assuming you have friends, family or business associates on the other side of the world, you will find that Glide not only will replace the need for texting and emails, but make them more personal and more fun.

I also believe startup teams who are spread all over the world should give Glide a try and see what happens with the way you communicate and build stronger ties with disparate teams.

Dick Tracy Comes to Life.

As you can see from the video demo I shot with Jonathan, the real future of Glide could be with wearables and smartwatches.

I’m old enough to remember watching Dick Tracy cartoons as a kid and reading comic books all about his “Wrist Radio,” where he could communicate, in real time, to help solve crimes and fight the bad guys.

While certainly forward-thinking, who would have thought that way back in 1952, you could not only have a wrist radio for voice messages, but one that sent video messages too.

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Keep your eyes on Glide.

And if you have not downloaded the app yet, go back to the top of this story and give it a whirl.

Wanna give it try?

Reach out to me here.

And let’s Glide.

About the Author
Alan Weinkrantz is a Tech PR / Startup Communications advisor to Israeli and U.S. companies, and is the Brand Ambassador and Senior Advisor for James Brehm & Associates, one of the leading IoT (Internet of Things) strategy and consulting firms.
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