BlurtOut, developed by Gyo Hamamoto, is a neat social networking app for iPhone that allows users to focus on the “here and now” without having to worry about their thoughts and photos being permanently posted on popular networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Concept and Functionality:
There might be a variety of reasons as to why you’d want to use a social networking app that doesn’t store status updates and photos for an extended period of time. In the day and age of Facebook and Twitter, past posts can easily come back to bite us in the rear.
BlurtOut solves the problem by providing a social network that caters to the local area instead of the entire world. This means you can meet up with fellow locals and share a chat, but you don’t necessarily have to worry about staying in contact with this person for all of eternity.
BlurtOut starts off by asking you for permission to access your current location. In my experience, denying the app access to your location will cause it to crash. Next, you’ll need to sign into BlurtOut using either your email or by connecting your Facebook or Twitter account.
To begin sending blurts, simply tap on the speech bubble at the top of the map screen and type what you want to say. You can write a simple status update and/or post a picture. Though disabled by default, you can optionally choose to share this update with the rest of the world via all of the popular social networks (including Foursquare and Untappd).
While BlurtOut has many things going for it, the only real drawback to the app is the fact that it’s so new. This means it’s fairly unlikely that you’ll see status updates if you’re not in a major metro area. I really do hope that BlurtOut catches on in a big way because it’s a great concept that’s executed very well.
Seeing as BlurtOut functions on the idea that you should feel comfortable posting a status update without worrying about it coming back to haunt you, the best feature that the app includes is update self-destruction.
You can set the duration which your blurt will be visible to the rest of the world in the app (from an hour up to a day) and the update will delete itself after the time is up.
Lastly, users can toast other people’s blurts. This is pretty similar to “liking” on Facebook, and it basically serves as a bit of a hat tip to other blurters.
BlurtOut is available to download for free from the App Store and is designed for iPhone. Personally I love the design and concept of the app and I really do hope this is something that catches on.
BlurtOut requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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