All social media platforms today are organized in one way — by profiles. By organizing content this way, there are some limitations. One in particular is the messy and cluttered newsfeed and the other is that the user is unable to control what they want to see in their feed.
So how is Balloon Stories different? First, we organize content by conversations, which we call a balloon. These balloons acts as visual dynamic folders where you can add as members as you want to that conversation. Each member is then able to post into that balloon and all the members’ friends and follower are able to see all the collaborative content in that balloon.
We love seeing all the creative balloons you are coming up with. You can literally create a balloon for anything — your interests, hobbies, events, etc.
By organizing content into balloons, there are some very powerful things you can do on Balloon Stories, that you cannot do on any other platform.
1. You can collaborate easily on stories and conversations. You are no longer just tagging someone in a post.
2. You can follow and unfollow balloons based on what you want to see. You no longer have to follow an entire profile and see all the disparate content coming from that one profile.
3. You can have both public and private balloons on one platform. You have the ability to create different types of balloons based on who you want to see the conversation and who you want to participate in the conversation.
1. PLAY A BALLOON AS A STORY
Tap on the Play button to experience a balloon as a fullscreen story.
2. CREATE A BALLOON USING A LINK
Automatically name your balloon and set the balloon cover photo by pasting in a web link, like an article, and the app will convert the title to the balloon name and the photo to the balloon cover photo!
3. FULL WIDTH PHOTO- AND VIDEO POST
The app now displays photo and video posts in full screen width with dynamic height. If the photo/video is not displayed fully, tap on the photo/video to see it in fullscreen.
4. CARD STYLE NEW POST INTERFACE
We have improved the new post interface and interaction so you can have a feel of the feed behind while creating a new post. The new style also supports swipe down to dismiss.
5. CARD STYLE NEW BALLOON CREATION INTERFACE
We have improved the two stepped new balloon creation interface and interaction with overlaying cards. The new style also supports swipe down to dismiss.
6. CARD STYLE COMMENTS VIEW
Comments are now opened in a card style overlaying interface and interaction.
7. BITMOJI LIBRARY
You can now connect your Balloon account with Snapchat to access your personal Bitmoji library when adding a new post.
8. YOUTUBE POSTS
You can now directly search and select Youtube videos when creating a new post. Simply tap on the 'Youtube' tool from New Post view.
Balloon Story now supports iOS Widget you can enable from your iOS Widget settings.
10. OVERALL IMPROVEMENTS
We improved our interface even further and simplified a series of flows and strengthened the app.
Ratings and Reviews
Very cool concept!
I'm new to Balloon and I already love it. After spending a few minutes on the app it's easy to see this is a very promising idea. Other social media platforms leave me feeling drained by the randomness of their newsfeeds (i.e. political rhetoric intermingled with cute dog photos). However, Balloon bypasses that randomness and allows me to connect with my friends based on common ideas and thoughts (or Balloons). This makes for a more genuine connection with other users, which is so refreshing. I'm looking forward to seeing this budding app blossom into something that challenges the current notions of social media.
More fun than other social apps for creating and sharing content
Great concept and well-built app. The collaborative stories with friends makes all the difference. It's very easy to control how you interact with friends and their content. It feels more natural than Facebook, Instagram, etc. because you can sort posts into public and private balloons and invite people to collaborate on or follow individual balloons as you see fit.
What an easy way to organize my social media!
- Balloon, inc.
- 77 MB
- Social Networking
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- English, Danish, Traditional Chinese
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © Balloon inc.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.