Another social media app? Don't we already have enough that distract us and provide an escape from the daily grind? Why of course not! There is always room for more. On January 7th, a new social networking app called Peach was launched by the co-founder of Vine Dom Hoffman. It takes awhile for an app to find its footing to determine if it is a keeper or if it will fall into the black abiss of the million of failed apps before it. So, we will just have to wait and see. In the meantime, we can explore what makes this app stand apart and you can even try it out yourself if you feel so inclined. Personally, I am waiting for more of my friends to get on it to decide if its a keeper or not.
What makes Peach different than the "other" social networking apps?
The main difference that makes this app stand apart from other social media apps is the Magic Words functionality. Basically there is a list of 20 magic words that are short cuts to share little tidbits of your day like how many steps you have take, what the weather is like or what song you are listeneing to at that very moment. Here is a list of magic words I have found to be fun so far:
draw- to draw something with your finger
shout- to send out BIG TEXT
move - sends out how many miles/steps you have walked today
Here are all of the Magic Words available so far.
Another fun feature is the GIF funtion. Just type "gif" into the bar plus a feeling word or a mood word and you can choose from a variety of fun images full of motion
How do I use it?
Here is a great video from Wired for our visial audience with tips and tricks of how to use this new app. You can also find some great tips here.
image courtesy of Byte, Inc.
Who is most likely to download this app and enjoy using it?
A person who would like to have more of a personal connection to their friends would really enjoy this new app. There is no newsfeed wall that announces everythign about themselves and their mothers. To invite a friend you must have their email and their phone number. So you actually have to know these people you are connecting to pretty closely. No, you will not be able to add all of your 853 graduating class unless you have the personal info on all of those past classmates. So, no more stalking your HS crush! Of course you must have an iphone. It is not compatible with any other phones as of yet.
image courtesy of Byte, Inc.
Will this App stand against the test of time?
Too soon to tell. It is true though that noone wants ANOTHER social media network to keep track of! So, will this have the power to bump out any of the powerhouses of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest? I see this as a really great app to use with immediate family to keep everyone up-to-date with eachother's busy lives. Or it could be great with a close group of friends who want to connect on a daily basis but jsut cannot jump on the phone or visit every single day. This app is fun, cute and easy to use. Hopefully it will catch on quickly with my group of friends.