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15 January 2013

Voice blogging app Bubbly arrives in the UK with support of Rio Ferdinand

Rachel Hawkes, account director, Elemental By Rachel Hawkes

Bubbly iPhoneSingapore based micro-blogging app Bubbly, that’s driven solely by short voice messages, has launhed in the UK.  

Bubbly, which is already popular across Asia with over 20 million users, has the support of popular UK football star Rio Ferdinand from Manchester United.  He says, “I love showing support for my fans, and Bubbly lets me connect with them in a way that I’ve never been able to do before.  Voice updates bring a fresh way for me to have a dialogue with my fans and I’ve been having a lot of fun posting recordings.”

Users share short voice updates called ‘bubbles’ with friends and followers, and can apply filters like ‘helium,’ ‘echo,’ or ‘synth’ to their updates.  Ferdinand’s exclusive content will be available for users around the world, which according to Bubbly includes, ‘his daily adventures, locker room pranks, pre and post game thoughts.’

Thomas Clayton, Bubble Motion’s CEO comments, “We’re excited to bring such a fun and useful way of communicating with friends, family and followers to Europe for the very first time.  Having popular celebrities like Rio Ferdinand joining the service early on is great, because users will get to experience the Bubbly difference in the celebrity / fan connection right off the bat.”

Bubbly is available to download on iPhone and Android, but the most recent version (Bubbly 2.4) is only currently available on iPhone.  The company has plans to expand into Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia in the coming months.

Bubbly faces competition from Facebook's new app Poke and popular short voice service HeyTell.

Categories: Technology, Social media, News

Tags: micro-blogging, Bubbly, Bubble Motion, Manchester United, Rio Ferdinand, Android, iPhone, app, voice blogging, Asia, Singapore, celebrities

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