One of the coolest things about the internet is the ability we now have to find information about anything, at any time. While Google is obviously the go-to resource for finding out facts, what if you want something a little more, well, human?
Riffiti, a new mobile app that hasn’t yet been released, is aiming to do just that. Founder Raj Karamchedu is an author and Silicon Valley guy who has spent more than 20 years working in various tech companies. He realized through his own experiences that the most effective learning occurs when people connect emotionally with whatever they’re learning from.
Do you connect emotionally to videotaped classes? To Google searches? To Wikipedia descriptions? Probably not. What you do connect with, however, is other people.
Riffiti, then, is the app that wants to connect you with real people around the world to answer any question, from the mundane to the philosophical to the inane. Users will be able to ask questions that are then answered by videos of people answering them, directly.
Raj sees Riffiti as a tool that will help people start expressing their own ideas in their own words, out loud, which is a skill that can be surprisingly hard for a lot of people. He also wants it to be a learning tool for people who don’t speak English as their native language, which opens up accessibility to whole new parts of the world.
Sessions will last as long as few minutes, with 20 second question and answer videos going back and forth between people, allowing for a conversation to take place and allowing for the conversation to meander, as conversations naturally do. However, Raj says in a blog post that the nature of the app will also mean that users will have to practice brevity, due to the nature of the types of conversations they’ll be having.
The app has the potential, then, to be more than just another social network and more than just a learning tool. If it works out the way that Raj is envisioning, Riffiti could be a unique combination of both those things – a way to connect on a more human level and also a way to learn about new things.
If you’re interested in being part of the Riffiti community, head over to their site and sign up to be informed when their alpha version is released.