Boxee Creator Launches Group Chat App Public on iOS

The messaging app allows users to participate in group chats that can be read by other users.

Boxee founder Avner Ronen launched Public, a messaging application that allows users to participate in group chats that can be read by other users.

With the Public app, groups of chat participants can chat through text messaging, and other users can follow these conversations to keep track of their progress. Users can browse conversations based on featured topics, such as Pop Culture and Game of Thrones, among others. Users can also search for conversations to find something they’re interested in.


In addition to reading conversations, users can chat with other audience members in a separate audience area of each conversation. Users can also post comments and emoji-based reactions on individual comments within a public chat thread.

As a social platform, users can follow others, and they can visit other users’ profiles to view their active conversations and the conversations they’re following.

When users want to join existing conversations as participants, they can ask to be added as guests. Users can also share questions, comments, photos and videos directly with a chat’s participants, who can decide whether or not to add the content to the chat’s thread for the public to see.

In an interview with Variety, Ronen commented:

I believe messaging could be a third medium for broadcasting conversations. It’s been around for decades on audio (radio and now podcasts) and video (TV and now YouTube). I believe messaging could be a third platform for conversations.

Public is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store.