React Messenger’s Zaniness Is Half FaceTime, Half iMessage [Daily Freebie]

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Sarcasm doesn’t travel well over text message — and I can say that through bitter experience. I’ve probably come close to being slapped, dumped, kicked in the crotch, fired, and/or run over by a riding mower because of some sarcastic text I’ve sent that was misconstrued as mean when it was supposed to be hilarious.

Or so I’ve imagined; I have no real gauge, because in each instance I couldn’t actually see the reaction on the face of the recipient. At least one of the developers behind React Messenger must have faced the same problem, because they’ve come up with a solution that snaps and sends a quick, expressive selfie along with each text.

React can even do away with text altogether and let users simply make faces — or whatever — at each other all day long. Another cool feature is the ability snap simultaneous front and back camera shots, and send them together. Yes — you can sparrow face while simultaneously snapping a shot of actual sparrows! Then send them off together to a suitably impressed recipient.

Just make sure you’ve iOS 7 installed on your iPhone, because React won’t work with anything else.

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About the author

Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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