Yahoo Testing Invite-Only Group Messaging App 'Squirrel' on iOS and Android

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Yahoo this week began testing a new messaging app on iOS and Android called "Squirrel," aimed at organizing private group chats with friends, family members, and work acquaintances. The app's main feature is that group access is private and people can only be added through invitation links (via TechCrunch).

    Squirrel looks visually similar to apps like Slack and Discord, offering groups access to a "Main Room," where everyone can meet up and chat, and then there's an option to create side rooms for more specific topics. These can potentially include "Secret Rooms" for chats hidden from the main group and one-on-one threads. Users in all rooms can share photos, documents, or links in chats, as well as create custom reactions.


    Users can mute rooms they don't have any interest in, and administrators can send "blasts" to all users that flag priority messages. Whenever someone mentions your name, a separate Activity view will accumulate these messages so it's easier to scroll through and get caught up with the conversation.

    Yahoo originally debuted its Yahoo Messenger app on the iOS App Store [Direct Link] in April 2009, giving users the ability to instant message their contacts when away from their computer. In the years since, messaging apps like Apple's iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and others have surged in popularity and caused users to leave Yahoo's platform for ones more popular among their own friend groups. Today, Yahoo Messenger is #167 on the App Store's most-downloaded Social Networking app list.

    According to Yahoo parent company Oath, one of the main reasons for Squirrel's creation is "improving group communication in everyday life."
    Since Squirrel is invite-only, to gain access you'll have to ask someone who already has it to send you an invite to a group. According to TechCrunch, "the ability to kick off a conversation group is also currently in invitation-only mode." The iOS app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch [Direct Link].

    Article Link: Yahoo Testing Invite-Only Group Messaging App 'Squirrel' on iOS and Android
  2. redneckitengineer macrumors 6502


    Oct 27, 2017
    From the bankrupt company who lost all your data in a breach comes a new exciting way to lose your private messages called squirrel. Why, because you’ve got to be nuts to install it.
  3. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    What about encryption and data safety? Yahoo has terrible history on both.
  4. TimUSCA macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2006
    Aiken, SC
    Not only do we not need more messaging services, but I wouldn't trust Yahoo with my private conversations anyway. They have a history of data breaches and you also have to ask yourself why they want to create this. If they're not directly monetizing it, then there's obviously an ulterior motive...
  5. tigres macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
  6. now i see it, May 9, 2018
    Last edited: May 9, 2018

    now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    If anyone cared to read the new Yahoo/Oath user agreement that will be mandatory to agree upon to continue using the service- they would run for the hills.
    I suggest that anyone still clinging ignorantly and lazily to their service (if they care about their online privacy at all) to close out or suspend any Yahoo accounts and refuse to send emails to anyone with a Yahoo/AOL email address.

    If people thought what Cambridge Analyitica did with FaceBook data was bad, well I can tell you (as outlined clearly in the new User Agreement) that Verizon/Oath/Yahoo is going to take that data mining to a whole new level.

    Run for the hills and don't look back. Yahoo is a trap for the lazy & ignorant... and that's NOT an opinion but a fact. Nobody should be using Yahoo services.

    Having an email address that ends in is a global badge of shame that follows you everywhere.
    Dump it.
  7. jsmith189 macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2014
    I question why they're even trying at this point. Not only because of their terrible reputation, but there are so many VERY well established chat companies that do exactly the same thing already in existence.

    A terrible reputation getting into an over-saturated market. Good job, guys. (Y)
  8. Misuteri macrumors member


    Jan 9, 2018
    20 year habit for many people to quit and switch emails.
  9. Xavier macrumors 68030

    Mar 23, 2006
  10. cknibbs macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2012
  11. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    On what planet does any company seriously believe we need another messaging platform?
  12. cipher29 macrumors regular


    Mar 6, 2009
    Omg right??! If you’re going to create yet another messaging platform, at least make it with a highly differentiated feature.... Something that forces people to want to use it.

    What a waste of money for Yahoo lol.
  13. dlewis23 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2007
    No thank you. This is not gonna be used in any wide scale. Verizon/Yahoo should really stop wasting there time.
  14. cocky jeremy macrumors 601

    cocky jeremy

    Jul 12, 2008
    Columbus, OH
    An app for private conversations that had a massive breach? Ooooookay.
  15. canadianreader macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2014
    No sane person should be trusting this company after what happened
  16. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    You hit the nail right on the head. Chat apps are way oversaturated, so why add another app into the mix? Especially when I can name 5 chat apps right off the bat that I'd rather use. Really questionable decision here from the people at Yahoo. Give it a rest for crying out loud.
  17. Mr. Heckles macrumors 6502

    Mr. Heckles

    Mar 20, 2018
    I cringe every time I see someone using yahoo still. I don’t get keeping them as a email service anymore at all. I have no problem switching email providers at a drop of a hat.

    You couldn’t pay me enough to use them for anything.
  18. nikhsub1 macrumors 68020


    Jun 19, 2007
    mmmm... jessica.'s beer...
    yahoo!, the most hacked email platform on earth. Where do I sign up? :rolleyes:
  19. Robert.Walter macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    I’m in the process planning a move of my long heel much used yahoo accounts to google after all the yahoo breaches and the fact that Yahoo!s spam filter has way too many false positives and doesn’t seem to learn.

    Don’t think this new app will be enough to reverse this. (Also, Verizon and it’s persistent cookies bullschit.)
  20. macduke macrumors G4


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    OMG, this was created to trick all the really old people who are finally starting to get smartphones, isn't it? That's so dirty. I'll make sure my grandparents know to steer clear of this garbage. Glad I got them onto iCloud years ago and Gmail before that.

    Yahoo, nobody asked for this! Nobody wants to use this! If they really wanted people to use this and be sneaky then they should stop using the Yahoo name entirely.

    How long before carriers start selling personal information from our text messages to the green bubble people? Or don't tell me—it's already happening. So glad most of my friends and family use iOS.
  21. Mr. Heckles macrumors 6502

    Mr. Heckles

    Mar 20, 2018
    I can see Verizon trying to make this the default messaging app on Android phones.
  22. HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    Yeah, "It's just like the other ones, but Yahoo" isn't exactly a compelling proposition these days. The only way to not have a failed product is to differentiate yourself somehow and I don't see that here.
  23. fairuz, May 9, 2018
    Last edited: May 9, 2018

    fairuz macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    The negative comments here are soft on them if anything. Yahoo! as far as I'm concerned is just that malware that kept getting installed on my grandma's computer. They're like those ****s who sell fake jewelry to old people. They're not stupid; they're malicious.

    Also, from the screenshots, the UI looks like a ripoff of Discord.
  24. JacobP81 macrumors newbie


    Mar 16, 2019
    New EULA privacy:
    "Analyzing content and information (including emails, instant messages, posts, photos, attachments, and other communications) when you use our services. This allows us to deliver, personalize and develop relevant features, content, advertising and services"

    So there analyzing are email content to use for advertising?

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