If you’re active on Instagram, chances are that aside from all the yusheng tossing and Chinese New Year outfits that you saw, you also saw something else — virtual avatars of your friends, and QR codes inviting you to add them on Bondee.
This new app by a Singapore-based tech company, Metadream, has taken the nation by storm and over the weekend, the app became one of the top free apps in both the Apple App store and Google Play Store.
It’s not that difficult to see why. The app allows you to create animated avatars and decorate your own virtual room, and adding friends lets you chat with them using an in-app function. You can also visit their rooms and leave notes on their walls.
Why has Bondee captivated so many Singaporeans?
“I’ve been enjoying using Bondee for fun because I get to see what my friends are doing. And it helps that I get to chill with my friends just like we did in university,” quipped Tan Yue Ling, a graduate from Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design, and Media.
“Now that we’ve graduated and not able to meet up as often…