Social media, despite its shortcomings (like everything else in life really), has become an integral part of our society, especially among the youth.
Transforming the way we connect with people the world over, entertain ourselves, and even get information. In spite of the influence social media has on the world, Africa has never really placed itself in the driving seat with a recognized platform to call its own. In comes foniSpace. Created by Solomon Tetteh, a Ghanaian developer.
FoniSpace is a social media space with the African at the center focus. One feature that seems custom-made for the African user is the voice engagement feature, a feature not present on other platforms. The average African is fun-loving, with most of the humor on public platforms coming from us. But most of the humor is usually lost when delivered in writing.
On foniSpace, though you don’t have to write it. Be it a post, comment, reply, or status update, you can do them all in audio, allowing you to engage with your audience much better than you would otherwise. Of course, you can also share podcasts with your audience very easily.
One notable feature is the ability to plug in your online radio’s link in a post and allow your followers to stream your radio without you having to use stopgap measures like making it a fake video stream like you would on other platforms.
That’s not all there is to foniSpace though, with some notable features including the ability to post multiple photos as slideshows, complete with background audio of your choosing, eliminating the need to use third-party apps for that (which is fitting, since according to the developer foniSpace started as a photo sharing platform, with ‘foni’ literally meaning photo in Dangme and Twi, but continued to evolve with user demand for more engagement options).
In the interest of brevity though we’ll leave the other features for you to explore by downloading the app from the playstore link https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zealapps.fonispace
But in all this, your privacy and security should not be ignored, and foniSpace delivers in those aspects too. According to the developer not even he can read your chats since they’re protected by a strong encryption algorithm. Not only that, you get to control exactly who does or doesn’t see your posts and status updates, down to the tiniest detail. A 2-factor authentication option makes it impossible for malicious parties to steal your account even if they somehow know your login details (provided you don’t give the authentication code to them yourself, something so many people seem to be doing these days unfortunately).
Unfortunately, foniSpace is only available on Android, but the developer has stated there are plans to expand to iOS, web, and PC. To download on Android go to https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.zealapps.fonispace and be among its earliest users. If you want to invest and play an active role in this attempt to put Africa on the social media map contact the developer through firstname.lastname@example.org.