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Ebroji: The new way to text

Photo Illustration: Kayla Stroud/THE SPECTATOR

Written by Erin Martin, Staff Writer

Ebroji is “bringing language to life”, with their new GIF text keyboard and making those texts that we second guess, easier to send.

Co-founder Jesse Williams felt that text lacks tone and texture, and GIFs inject a contagious joy into any thread.

Different from other keyboard apps, Ebroji uses gifs to replace emojis and texts. The app is using visual communication as their means to spice up texting conversations.

So in addition to, or to replace your texts, you can switch over to the Ebroji keyboard and add some personality to your messages. Ebroji has hundreds of gifs stored and already available to send. You don’t have to make any of your own uploads, or wait for them to download before sending.

After downloading the app from the Apple store, you add the new Ebroji keyboard to your iPhone and allow full access to it. If you have an iPhone, all you have to do is tap the globe icon, and choose which keyboard you’ll want to use..

Using the keyboard there are over 30 categories to choose from: Awkward, Winter, Curved, Crying, and Dancing are just a few. Ebroji also offers a search engine within the keyboard to add more gifs. If you can’t find one out of their hundreds of choices, you will have the option to upload or make your own gif and then choose which category it’ll fall under.

Sometimes, emojis can be confusing, and a few of them are definitely played out and overused. Ebroji offers the opportunity to add spontaneity to boring text messages without resorting to that typical smiley or kissing face.

While I was using the app, I was so excited to see that it’s basically a gallery of all of the gifs I’ve always wanted to store on my phone, but never had enough memory for. With a lot of our favorite celebrities making those faces that describe our mood perfectly, this app will be a go-to when you’re trying to say something that’s just not coming together in your texts.

Unlike the other keyboard apps, or even the iPhone keyboard, Ebroji doesn’t monitor or record anything. This app is definitely unique, and being new to the tech world, we should expect a buzz about it in the near future. If you haven’t already downloaded the app, try it out and let us know what you think!

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