MeowChat jumps to top of download charts but what is it?
Chat app MeowChat has shot to the top of the download charts as users race to interact with strangers across the globe.
The app, which connects you with strangers in private or group chats, has been quietly gaining momentum since its launch last year. It is now the number one most downloaded free app in the UK and Australian App Store charts, alongside countries as far-flung as Lithuania, Mongolia, Mauritania and Macau.
Like rival WhatsApp, MeowChat supports photo and audio messaging. Its Random Chat feature can be used to pair users in a one-on-one chat with a stranger, or enter larger group conversations with others within chatrooms.
Users can sign up using their Facebook account details to create their own mini profiles within the app, and have the option to invite friends to join them. Frustrated individuals have taken to Twitter to complain about the influx of MeowChat invitations they've received in the past few days.
The free-to-download MeowChat faces stiff competition from app titans WhatsApp and Telegram in the battle to become the messaging platform of choice for millions of smartphone users.