Post by: beano150
Hi there, Bin Weevils. It's beano150 here with a post about the new Bin Weevils Buddy Messages App (Official title unknown presently, so I'm just calling it that for now).
This app is a very good idea, as it will provide a safe platform for children to message on. Let's face it, it has to be safer than the current options such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.
Yes, I know a few people have said there is no "official confirmation" the app will not be moderated, but throughout this post, I'm going to say it will be, because this app is made by the Bin Weevils Team, and at the end of the day, their priority is to ensure children have a safe online environment to use. I'll eat my words if I'm wrong, but I reckon it will be moderated.
Why do I think this app is such a good idea?
Well, it will provide a safe platform as I mentioned above. Not only that, we will be able to send buddy messages through our smartphones - just think if you run out of text messages and Bin Weevils save the day! Yes, I know you probably don't have your family on Bin Weevils, but you might have some of your friends from school - like I have, so just to send quick small updates will be good.
What I would include in the app?
As well as the main purpose (messaging) there could be some other nice features in the app - like head to head games where you can play virtual multiplayer games such as air hockey, table tennis etc, when one or more of your buddies is online.
As well as games, sending emoticons would be a nice idea. These would be Weevil style emoticons of course, such as your own Weevil's head with the face expression you choose on it, and more than the current seven options available in-game at the moment.
I think drawings would work well but they would need to be moderated so no inappropriate drawings get delivered, so they could have a 'waiting time' on them and take a day or so to be sent and received.
A 'pending folder' would be good so you can see which messages you have sent need to be moderated, with an option to delete the message so it is not sent, if it is a pending message that has not yet been delivered to your desired recipient.
Since this is a phone and tablet app I would like a larger text allowance. Although it's no big deal if there isn't - since Twitter only allows 140 characters. Then again in a direct message there is no limit and I'm assuming the messages in this new app will be private... so I'd like a long text allowance, rather than the current one for messages.
I do expect each message apart from the drawing messages if they are included to be instant - and received on the recipient's end almost instantly like most social media websites offer.
A nice feature for this app would be to message anyone, kind of, whether they are your buddy or not. I would make it so you have a settings option on Bin Weevils where you can have a buddy message icon on your Bin Weevil profile and if it's green, you are open to anyone for messages, If it's orange, you are open to just your buddies for messages and if it's greyed out, you don't have the app or you have messages disabled on the app.
Finally, I think this app will most likely require internet connection to use, since it is an instant message app offering the ability to chat to people, and I do expect it to be free.
Hopefully we will have more information in the August highlights on Bin Weevils which I do believe will be available from tomorrow, Monday 1st August 2016.
What are your thoughts on this expectations review? Let me know in the comments below!
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