Have you heard of GAS? It's a social media app that lets you compliment someone through incognito messages, and it's currently trending among high schoolers in the U.S! Oh, and it just dethroned TikTok on the app store.
GAS, a social media app designed for anonymously complimenting others, just dethroned TikTok on Apple's App Store charts and has now accrued millions of downloads. The complimenting app is actually a clone of TBH, an app that's also designed for complimenting.
TBH was created and designed about five years ago by Nikita Bier, who is also the creator of GAS. TBH was sold to Facebook a few years ago, and Nikita has since launched a better, newer, and more advanced version called GAS which blew up in the store charts just recently.
“The reason I built it was because I wanted to bring back what TBH did for so many kids five years ago, which was to raise self-esteem and spread positivity,” said Bier.
GAS is yet to reach the prominence of its predecessor. According to a data analysis provider, Gas has reached a total of 500,000 downloads since its official launch in August, and it has consistently ranked in the top ten this October. Bier claims that the app's user count is increasing to 100,000 per day, which is quite remarkable given the company did so little advertising and relied entirely on word-of- mouth to get the app into schools all over the country.
An allegation that was circulating on Snapchat recently attacked the app. Someone claimed that the app was being used for human trafficking since it requests for the user's location in order to locate nearby schools. The issue began with a user review on the App Store from a person in China and expanded on TikTok by accounts with only a few followers. This is what Bier tweeted:
“It really was shocking to us because we designed the app and architected it for an extreme level of privacy and safety.”
“We wanted to create an extremely safe place because we have such a sensitive audience. We went above and beyond what the expectations are for a normal social app.”
Bier claims that the app currently has a million active users and is adding 30,000 new users every hour. When a Twitter user started asking how he knows GAS won't be a success like TBH, Bier replied, 'To be honest, I don't really care,' implying that Bier only wants to promote a mentally healthier mindset and environment for users and not just for fame.