Spread: Written iPhone App Review
As we all know, the internet is filled with more “things and stuff” than we can possibly imagine. Social media has greatly enhanced our ability to find and share things we love, though, which brings us together in a whole new way.
Spread, developed by Spread Media, is a new app which is designed to bring the new Spread website to your iDevice. Use Spread to discover and share what moves you and connect with those who share your interests.
Concept and Functionality:
To understand the Spread app, I must first tell you about Spread itself. Still in beta, this new site has a Pinterest-like feel. It allows you to save and share (hence spread) images that you like. Similar to other sites with the same idea, you can save and even upload your own photos.
When you first open the app, you’re greeted with a beautiful and ever-changing mosaic of images. It took me a second to figure out how to sign up or login (the buttons are located at the bottom of the screen), but the sign-up process is pretty painless. You have the option to either create a username or password or connect to Spread via Facebook.
Once you’ve signed up and logged in, you’re taken to the main screen of the app. This dashboard gives you a quick overview of how many spreads you’ve uploaded, along with how many users you’re following and are following you. There’s also a handy activity feed which allows you to keep in touch with your network. Lastly, there’s a “Discover” button, which allows you to browse for new things to spread.
Spreading an image is as simple as deciding whether you love it, want it, or have it. You can even choose more than one of these options for added organization. Lastly, you can read comments left by other users and submit your own.
The “Discover” page is great for users who are looking to browse a bunch of different images at once. You can choose to view spreads from users you’re following, along with others who share similar interests. For those who aren’t looking for anything in particular, the “Everyone” page displays spreads from every category.
Another great Spread feature is the in-app camera. Not only can you quickly and easily take photos, but you can also move and scale pictures. Once you’ve fine-tuned the image you’d like to spread, you can choose to either place it in an existing category or create a custom one. Lastly, the final upload page allows you to describe the image, change sharing options, and save your new spread. You can even email it to friends and family.
The only thing I’m disappointed with is the fact that there really isn’t anything that sets Spread apart from established websites like Pinterest (except the name, of course). This brand-new service definitely needs to come up with something unique and stellar in order to even compete with similar sites.
Though still in its infant stage, the Spread app is very stable and usable. If you decide to take the jump and try the service, do so with an open mind (especially if you’re also a Pinterest user). Also, I definitely encourage you to leave feedback for both the service and the app to give the developers new ideas and/or address bugs.
Spread is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
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