The news: The social app Gas, which has at times supplanted TikTok and BeReal in App Store downloads, has been purchased by Discord.
How Gas works: Teenagers have recently grown fond of the poll-based software, which enables friends to complement one another.
Why it matters: This is part of Discord’s larger and ongoing initiative to target communities and users beyond gaming. The company netted $100 million in funding in 2020 with a major goal of branching out beyond the gaming industry; the platform has since focused on non-gaming creators and communities.
Go further: We predicted Gas would be a social media app to watch in our Social Media Trends to Watch for 2023 report. Read it here.
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