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Discord acquires Gas, a compliment-based social media app for teens • TechCrunch

The messaging platform Discord has announced the acquisition of Gasan app popular among teens for its positive spin on social media.

On Gas, users log in to their school, add friends, and answer polls about their classmates. But the questions in the polls are designed to boost user confidence, rather than damage it. Teenagers may be asked to choose which of the four friends is the best DJ or has the best smile. Then the chosen person gets an anonymous message with their compliment, sent by a vague “boy in 10th grade” or “girl in 11th grade”.

Gas was founded by Nikita Beerwhich sold a similar app called tbh to Facebook earlier in 2017 – tbh has since shut down.

According to data from Sensor towerGas reached 7.4 million installs and nearly $7 million in consumer spending since launching in Summer 2022. Users can subscribe to a paid feature called “God Mode,” which hints users at who their secret compliments are.

“At this time, Gas will continue as its own standalone app and the Gas team will join Discord to help our efforts continue to grow for new and core audiences,” Discord wrote in a statement. Announcement. From October, Beer said Gas had four team members.

Despite Gas’s rapid popularity, the app has had a rough road to the exit. The app was the subject of a widespread rumor about sex trafficking completely false, but still affected the app downloads. Beer told the Washington Post that he and his team have received hundreds of explicit death threats as a result of this hoax. Other viral social apps IRL and WalkSafe have also been hit by unfounded allegations of human trafficking.

Gas is one of several anonymous apps — some based on compliments, some not — that have recently gone viral. But TechCrunch found that apps like NGL and Sendit used bots to simulate engagement. Like Gas, these apps allow users to pay to see who has asked questions. Understandably, some customers felt ripped off when it turned out that these questions weren’t actually coming from their friends. Meanwhile, 9count, the company that made Spark and Summer, is working on a product similar to Gas called nocapp.

While Discord currently allows Gas to operate as a standalone product, Discord recently announced that it would be integrating a selection of apps into its servers. So it’s possible we could see these positive community polls on the messaging platform in the future.

“We are always working to create an inclusive world where no one feels like an outsider and we are excited to welcome Gas to the Discord community as our next step in fulfilling that vision,” Discord wrote in its announcement.

The terms of Gas’s acquisition by Discord were not disclosed.

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