In our previous article, we briefly touched on ways that Zapya enhances people’s offline social experience. However, the idea of being offline and staying connected raises interesting questions. First, is merging two seemingly contradictory terms – offline and social – together. This relationship may seem puzzling, maybe even downright absurd. Are we not fed a steady diet of how being connected shapes and changes our daily lives?
This is certainly true; nowadays we prefer using emails, instant messaging and social networking sites, even transferring data has become an online activity. These revolutionary tools have allow us to connect like never before.
However, these idea behind these tools rest on the assumption that constant internet connectivity is necessary for you to be able to achieve your day to day tasks, as well as being social. This need not be the case, especially in countries where everyone does not have the luxury of 24/7 internet access.
Zapya provides an interesting solution to this limitation: people can now enjoy conventional online experiences offline. This presents people that limited access to internet with opportunities to use Zapya’s close proximity network to transfer photos, videos, music, all without losing the day-to-day social aspect in their lives. People can go about their day interacting with people while using Zapya to fulfill their networking needs.
The Zapya experience has become popular in countries such Myanmar, Pakistan, and Cuba where internet access is limited. It has also empowered people’s lives in ways that were previously unimaginable to them. As one Cuban puts it, Zapya is a “social network where the internet is not their daily bread” – or in other words, a network for the disconnected.