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With Snapchat firmly establishing itself alongside other social media as an avenue for news and information, this week we offer an overview of four other messaging apps with journalism-related potential.

Reporting by Berkeley Lovelace.

PART 1: Peach

Created by Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann, Peach attracted a lot of buzz when it launched in January. The iOS app enables users to share photos, GIFs, drawings and status updates using “magic words.”
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PART 2: Line

Serving an established user base around the world, Line handles text messages, images, video and audio and is available on multiple mobile and PC platforms.
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PART 3: Kik

Available for iOS, Android and Windows phones, Kik allows users to send instant messages without providing a phone number or location data.
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PART 4: Yik Yak

A location-centered app, Yik Yak lets users post messages of up to 200 characters on a bulletin board-like interface. The app’s primary attribute was that posts were totally anonymous, but the app is now asking each user to create a user name. It’s available on iOS and Android platforms.
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Additional information:

Facebook will soon allow publishers to distribute their content through its Messenger app, according to Marketing Land and Nieman Lab.


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