iPhone App Review: CircleMe

Category: Social Networking
Price: Free
Release Date: Updated April 21, 2012
Version: 1.13
Seller: Graphvine Srl
Rated: 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
Link to app

TiP Rating: 4/5 Stars

App Store Description:

CircleMe lets you collect all your likes, plant them around town and discover new things in a fun and inspiring social way. CircleMe gives you access readily to millions of places, movies, music, books, products, famous people and more. CircleMe also helps you connect with your existing friends and find new people who share your passions.

Summary:

CircleMe is a new social platform based on the things you like instead of the people you know. Its app enables you track, engage with, and share all your true likes in one place.

Review: 

CircleMe allows you to create a page, which represents all of your favorite things. The app gives you access to all of the main features included on the website — you can search for items and like them, keep up with your activity feed, check out other users’ profiles, explore the public feed, and so on.

Upon launching the app, you’ll arrive on your activity feed. This is where you can see what other CircleMe users are liking. By tapping on the item you’ll be able to view who has liked the item, who has added it to their to-dos, and who has left a comment.

To start building out your likes, you can also tap the red plus icon in the top right corner. A small menu will roll out and you can choose from adding a like, updating your to-do list, or plant something for other users to find.

Through the Explore feature you can browse items that have been planted near you — you can choose to search within a 100m to 10km radius. You can also opt to receive notifications when someone plants something near you.

CircleMe’s layout is similar to Facebook’s iPhone app, meaning that if you’d like to view other pages, tap the three-lined icon in the top left corner and you’ll be able to navigate between different screens, including Activity, Explore, Find People, and Account — which houses your settings.

The interface is incredibly smooth. Not only is it visually appealing, but it’s very user-friendly. My only complaint is that if you haven’t used the web version before, there’s a small learning curve when it comes to knowing what the various icons represent.

It’s certainly a clever twist on social networks. Anyone currently using the web version will love the accessibility of CircleMe’s iPhone app. If you’re looking for a new way to keep track of things you’re interested in and meet some new friends, then it’s absolutely worth looking into.
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  • JeffWilliams

    I’ll have to check this out!