Discord acquires Gas, a compliments-based social media app for teens
The messaging platform Discord announced its acquisition of Gas, an app that’s popular among teens for its positive spin on social media.
On Gas, users sign up with their school, add friends, and answer polls about their classmates. But the questions in the polls are intended to boost users’ confidence, rather than damage it. Teens might be asked to choose which of four friends is the best DJ, or has the best smile. Then, the person who was chosen will get an anonymous message with their compliment, sent from a vague “boy in 10th grade” or “girl in 11th grade.”
According to data from Sensor Tower, Gas reached 7.4 million installs and almost $7 million in consumer spending since its launch in summer 2022. Users can subscribe to a paid feature called “God Mode,” which gives users hints about who their secret complimenters are.
“At this time, Gas will continue as its own standalone app and the Gas team will be joining Discord to…