Heello provides user with an easy way to share updates, much like Twitter. The application lets the user create a profile complete with name, avatar or image, location and contact details. The user can add a short update, called a Ping. Along with the text update, the user can attach a video or photo. Pings can also be used to share the user’s location. Each Ping appears much like Tweets on Twitter, with a list of Pings appearing in the order they were submitted. Other Heello users can respond and post Pings as well, so the users can interact and share information. The site also includes a built in follow system called “listens.” The user can choose to “listen” to another user (which is the same as following) so they are updated when the user posts new Pings. Heello profiles also contain stats that show how many Pings have been posted, how many listeners the user has and how many others they are listening to.
Heello was founded by Noah Everett. The application was intended to provide a simple solution for users who want to stay in touch and share information in short tidbits. Along with text, users would also be able to add images and videos to enhance their Pings and include more content to catch their listener’s eyes (and ears). Today, many people use Heello, although it has some tight competition in Twitter.
The concept behind Hello is not terribly unique. Twitter is one of the most popular social networks on the web, and offers much the same service. Heello allows users to easily add images and videos, which is an appealing option; however it might be difficult to pull some users away from Twitter to join a second “short update” community. The site mentions that mobile app versions are coming soon. These might help make Heello more appealing to the average internet user.
The Heello website has a very lighthearted feel to it. A new user is greeted by a primarily white page accented by a light blue header and puffy, whimsical clouds that surround the simple logo. Learning how to navigate the website takes almost no time at all. This is primarily because Heello offers many familiar functions and contains no clutter on its pages and user profiles.
New visitors can join the Heello community by clicking the blue and white “Join Now” button in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The registration form on the following page asks the user for a full name, username, email address, password, gender and date of birth. The user can also check a box near the bottom of the form to sign up for Heello news and updates (received through their profile). A small note at the end of the form advises the user that by submitting their information, they are agreeing to the Heello terms of service.
Heello welcomes all users to try its service for free. There are no subscription fees or other expenses associated with using the application. This is definitely a good thing because Heello doesn’t really offer anything that would entice the user to pay up. The application is much like Twitter and includes features users love, but are available through a number of other free social networking websites.
Heello is a great alternative for users who want a clean, organized and low key alternative to Twitter. Users can add different types of media to their Pings and send updates as often (or infrequently) as they like.