Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Tiny Talk?
Tiny Talk is a mobile app that aims to bring back social serendipity through randomly-coordinated 7-minute 1:1 video chats amongst friends. Tiny Talk enables users to stay connected via meaningful, low-commitment interactions with people they are close with.
How does it work?
Tiny Talk lets you sort your contacts: friends, family, work, other – or, block a contact, which means you won’t ever be matched with them. After sorting your contacts, you’ll from time to time receive an invite to join a Tiny Talk – this invite is double-blind, meaning neither you nor the person you’ll be matched with will know the identity of the other person until you both opt-in. You may also manually initiate a Tiny Talk anytime, and the functionality works exactly the same way. Once you match, you’ll be automatically connected for a seven-minute video chat. At the end of the seven minutes, the Tiny Talk ends – that’s it!
Here’s a quick video of the onboarding experience you’ll see when you download the app, which provides a quick tutorial for how to use Tiny Talk.
... another social network app? Wait but why?
We built Tiny Talk to enable friends to connect in fun, real and random ways. Our motivation to build Tiny Talk was in part fueled by the following observations:
One of the things many of us are dealing with as we spend much more time at homes is the serendipity of everyday life. We don’t run into friends in the park and at restaurants as we used to, and our unplanned social encounters with friends have morphed into 30 minute scheduled zoom calls and hang-outs.
The vast majority of existing social network tools have a one:many structure – you can post, tweet, snap, and share every waking moment, but it’s harder than ever to actually connect. Our aim with Tiny Talk is to facilitate the type of real, meaningful and spontaneous one:one interactions that we feel are missing – and to make them easy, low-commitment and fun.
All in all, our mission with Tiny Talk is to bring all of us just a little bit closer to the people we care about.
Why seven minutes?
The goal of Tiny Talk is to create a low-commitment experience that still allows for a meaningful exchange, which is why Tiny Talks are capped at seven minutes. If seven minutes is too long, you can always end the call early. Or, if your Tiny Talk sparks something and seven minutes is not enough, just call the person back! Tiny Talks are intended as hors d’oeuvres - if you’re still hungry, call them back!
How do I get Tiny Talk?
Can other users see when I block or sort them into a group?
Nope! Other users never know if you’ve blocked them. When you block a user, it simply means you’ll never match with them for a Tiny Talk. Similarly, other users will never if you’ve sorted them into a group or the specific name of the group you’ve sorted them into.
Why don't I see one of my contacts in my "stack" of people to sort?
Your “stack” is generated based on those of your phone contacts that have registered for Tiny Talk. If one of your contacts does not show up in your “stack” (e.g. you’re not able to sort them), it is because they have not registered for Tiny Talk or the number they registered with is not in your phone’s contacts. Invite friends to join to expand the set of people you can connect with on Tiny Talk!
How do I share Tiny Talk with my friends?
You can invite friends to Tiny Talk by pressing the “Invite” button in the top-right of the app.
Will other users see when I decline to join a Tiny Talk?
Nope! If it’s not a good time, decline away. The only time another user will identify you is after you have opted-in to a Tiny Talk and successfully matched. You can also adjust your notification preferences and availability windows in the app Settings.
Can I turn off video and just do audio chat?
Yep! Video for Tiny Talk’s are default on, but you can turn the video off if you prefer to only use voice chat.
How much does it cost?
Tiny Talk is free to download and use.
What do you do with my data?
How do I get in touch to share my idea or to provide feedback?
We love hearing from you, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with questions, ideas or feedback!
Contact us at [email protected]
How do I get support?
To contact us regarding bugs, support or to report abuse, please email us at [email protected]