Much has happened since May. I was a big proponent of Beluga at the time, but since being purchased by Facebook, they have completely stopped updating the app and for all it seems, they’ve stopped development altogether. Facebook has released Facebook Messenger, a completely separate app for iOS which, shockingly, looks exactly like Beluga.
It’s sad to see this happen, but then again, we do have other options. GroupMe has grown quite a bit in popularity, though its buggy browser interface and 160 character limit (really GroupMe? 160 character limit?? Really??) have been a bit of a turnoff. So instead, I have turned most recently to Apple’s new iMessage app. It works great… just as long as everyone you text has an iPhone running iOS 5. In my case, many of the people I regularly text do have iOS 5, so it will do for now.
But if I really want a true multiplatform option that “just works”, what’s the best option? I simply don’t trust Facebook, and Beluga’s beautiful simplicity is slowly fading away.