This is an exclusive – Yahoo Livetext is available exclusively in Taiwan at the moment. This new kind of messenger allows users to have “silent conversations”.

I managed to try Yahoo’s new video chat app outside Taiwan. This is how it works: the first thing you need to do is find a friend by their ID – by ID, Yahoo means username.

Livetext will display your friend’s photo on the Home. Click on it to start “silent” video chatting; in other words you will see your friend but you will not be able to hear them (you can only read what they write).

And that is exactly what happens. You can see the other person but you can hear them, and everything that they write appears on the screen with a big white or yellow font, depending on your platform I guess.

Yahoo Livetext demo

At some point Livetext displayed a message saying I had a poor internet connection. And when I moved my phones to the desk, the image froze for a while.

To be honest with you, I don’t see the point of having silent video chats. People use video to talk, with spoken, not written wordss. I guess Yahoo released Livetext as a Taiwan only to test the waters.

Maybe I am wrong but I don’t see a bright future for Livetext. What do you think? Did you like Livetext’s silent video chatting?

You can download Livetext’s APK for Android and the iPhone version on Taiwan’s App Store.