1Blackhole iPhone App Video Review
1Blackhole, by the developer of the same name, offers online chatting functionality that’s halfway between a personal advert and a traditional IRC client. The iPhone app allows users to select from one of four preset categories, and then vent their frustrations (or attractions) anonymously. It’s an interesting concept, and one that stretches the potential of Internet socialization on the iPhone.
Concept and Functionality
Our iPhone app review determined that the entire concept behind 1Blackhole is locked inside its aptly named title: The iPhone app serves as a sinkhole for all the things you wish you could say out loud, but can’t find the gumption (or proper context) to say. For example, if you want to discuss how lousy your ex is at snogging, but can’t find the proper way to vent about it, 1Blackhole is your escape route.
The app accomplishes this by creating four different chatrooms for users to access. Each comes with a specific category, among which are venting, miscellaneous, love, and “xxcontent”—surprisingly, there isn’t much to be found in the latter.
Users post discussion topics anonymously, leaving them open on the public feed for other members to chat about via comments. These threads are listed in a manner similar to your Facebook wall, and in fact, all of the open conversations can be exported to the social networking giant with the touch of a button—all while keeping the names absent, too.
1Blackhole makes it easy to create new threads: Users simply click the black hole at the bottom and spill the beans. Likewise, there’s a tab for subscribed to conversations, though I couldn’t figure out how to subscribe to any feeds. There’s also an option to edit the open topics, in case one happens to rub you the wrong way.
Design and Layout
1Blackhole sports a very simplistic design that makes it a simple matter to get right to posting your inner thoughts. I particularly enjoyed the black hole metaphor, which sits along the bottom, ready to post, at all points in time. Dragging my thoughts straight into the sinkhole of anonymity was pleasant, and definitively reinforces the secrecy of the application.
That being said, a bit more in-app documentation would have been nice, as some of 1Blackhole’s features are less than decipherable. The followed messages tab, for example, is a tough one to figure out, and a nudge in the right direction would have been appreciated.
All in all, 1Blackhole provides a unique experience for the iPhone that’s one parts personal advert and one parts chat program. It’s a fun blend, and if you absolutely have to vent your soul onto the Internet, the free price tag makes it easy to do so. For those in need, 1Blackhole is a must-have.
1Blackhole requires iOS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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