There was lots of great news from Nurph this week. Check out the video to get the first three bits of news:
We recently announced that Nurph closed a third angel funding round to help with the upcoming Kickstarter campaign. This has been in the works since 2014. Check out the Big News blog post to find out more.
Group Video Chat for Twitter
Group Video Chat for Twitter is coming! We've had this on the roadmap for a very long time. We can't wait to launch this and take your Twitter Chat experience to the next level.
Speak & Tweet
A microphone that tweets what you say, you say?! That's right! It's coming in the Twitter Chat Revolution Kickstarter campaign.
We're doubling the team! Two new team members are joining @DeanOakes91 and myself. We'll have Team pictures for you soon. Remember to follow @Nurph to get the latest info and pics!
Tweets Per Month
March isn't even over yet but we've already had our best month on record for the number of tweets published by people using Nurph. Over 40,900 tweets have been published so far this month, and that's up from 39,535 in February.
Big Screen Nurphin'
@NikkiDRobertson tweeted about Nurph being up on the big screen at the TL Summit in Portland. It's incredible to see education Twitter Chats in the Nurph!
Today we're announcing that Nurph closed a third round of angel funding and is developing two incredible new products -- a "Next-Gen Nurph" that will revolutionize Twitter Chats, and a "Speak & Tweet" microphone that will tweet what you say. Check out the video about the news:
Angel Funding Round
The company closed a third round of funding, with UK-based angel investor Ravi Lal-Sarin leading the round. The round has been in the works since late 2014 and the paperwork finally closed this month (March 2015).
Now we're working away on the Next-Gen Nurph and expanding the team in preparation for the upcoming Kickstarter campaign.
Next-Generation Nurph: Twitter Group Video Chat
So far the Nurph platform has been built for text-based Twitter Chats. Twitter Chats have been around for years, but only a small proportion of Twitter Users participate in them, and in their current format they've reached a plateau. But there's huge potential there for creating real-time group conversations for niche, local topics, all the way up to highly followed, A-list celebrity chats. Twitter Chats need to be taken to the next level.
We're launching "Next-Gen Nurph" to revolutionize Twitter Chats. Next-Gen Nurph will offer live group video and audio streaming within the Nurph Channels. As a participant in a Nurph Channel you'll be able to instantly fire-up a live video stream from your computer or mobile device to chat with your Friends and to broadcast to your Followers. This is alongside one killer feature...
"Next-Gen Nurph" will transcribe and tweet the things that people say on camera, in real-time. Check out the prototype "#InTheNurph" TV show to see a demonstration of the technology in action:
These new features will turn the Nurph Channels into Online Talk Shows, with a host and several guests streaming live on video, and an unlimited number of Twitter Users fulfilling the role of a studio audience. The audience will be able to interact by Favoriting and Retweeting the guests' comments, as well as tweeting in their own questions via the Channel #Hashtag.
We're announcing a partnership with @SimpleWeb who will be working on development of the video streaming layer of Next-Gen Nurph.
Speak & Tweet Microphone
Further to this, Nurph is launching brand new hardware to complement "Next-Gen Nurph". Dubbed the "Speak and Tweet", it's a wireless microphone that will connect to your smartphone to transcribe & tweet the things that you say.
We recently received the first 3D print of the microphone, produced by @Digits2Widgets.
Nurph has teamed up with @BenPerman, designer of Twettle, (as seen on Wired) for the 3D renderings of the Speak and Tweet.
Nurph is launching a huge Kickstarter campaign as vehicle for the "Twitter Chat Revolution". The campaign will encompass the launch of both Next-Gen Nurph and the Speak and Tweet microphone. Want to be the first to know about the launch? Subscribe to the newsletter.
It's an incredibly exciting time for Nurph. Stay tuned for more news soon, and I look forward to seeing you Nurphin' it up in the Nurph Channels!
2014 was a fantastic year of growth for Nurph, and it's time to share the amazing progress that was made throughout the year. Key metrics are growing year-on-year by up to 2,102%, "to Nurph" is appearing as a verb in tweets, highly regarded companies have hosted chats, and much more.
Year-on-year, the number of chats grew by 2,102%, tweets published by 615%, and Nurphers by 330%. "Nurphers" are the number of unique Twitter Users who both log-in AND participate in a Twitter Chat via Nurph throughout the year.
In October 2014 we reached a yearly peak of 36,000+ tweets published for the month, which is almost as many as the number of tweets published by Nurph throughout the whole of 2013.
Now there are 225 Nurph Channels with chat sessions recorded on them (think of these as Nurph Channels that have been "inhabited" by Twitter Communities), some of the chats have had 600+ Replays, and #STLChat reached 1,000+ Replays for an individual chat.
In fact it was tricky to pick just a few tweets to include, and it barely tells the full story. That's why we've created "Year in Tweets 2014" to highlight a further sample of the feedback Nurph received in the year. Check it out.
2014 was fantastic for Nurph, but we're going even bigger in 2015. More chats, more tweets, and a huge KickStarter campaign to help raise awareness and further funding for the exciting Nurph plans. You're going to love it!
Hi Nurphers! We have some very exciting news for you. In 2015 Nurph is launching a huge KickStarter campaign! Check out the sneak preview video to find out more:
Nurph LLC has been incorporated in the US to facilitate some of our goals for 2015. We can't wait to tell you more about this.
Nurph is lucky to have three new Brand Ambassadors on board! Please meet & tweet @vegecomgirl, @TeriMKojetin, and @EmmaCunningham who join @MariaDuron as Nurph Brand Ambassadors! Got a question about using Nurph for your Twitter Chats? The Brand Ambassadors are the experts!
The positive feedback continues! Thank you for all the kind tweets.