If 2012 (and our editor's inbox) has taught me anything, it's that apps are here to stay, and EVERYONE is trying to develop the next Instagram or Angry Birds or Draw Something or Tiger Text. Below are five recently-launched apps that will undoubtedly somehow find their way into a Bro's life or onto his phone (save for one "girls only" app) in 2013.
Whims (photo above)
This app is being called "Instagram for Words" and it was born from the idea that plain old status updates get lost on Facebook and even Twitter. For a while now, social media has been dominated by photos and videos, but thanks to Whims everyone won't overlook all the profound shit you have to say. They'll stop and read it.
According to Fast Company:
Whims is sort of like a classy meme generator, or a social network for casual typography junkies. It’s an iPhone app that turns a short message--about the length of a tweet--into a fancily laid-out, T-shirt-ready slogan.
“Social networking apps have focused on photos and location-based features, which are great, but we’ve forgotten the importance of words,” Whims CEO Alex Khorram tells Co.Design. “Form can complement content to provide greater expression.”
Whims works a lot like any text editor. You highlight words, tweak font sizes, and augment spacing. What’s particularly clever, however, is that Whims features a series of pre-made style sheets. Just as you’d toggle between Instagram filters, Whims lets you mix and match cleverly named profiles like Daisy Buchanan or Bruce Wayne, even Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
The Whims you create can currently be shared on Facebook, Twitter and through email.
Download Whims for free here.
Just for girls, Lulu is a Facebook integrated app that allows chicks to anonymously share experiences with a guy with the world (or, at least other creepy chicks that also use this app). This is bad, bad news, fellas.
According to the LuLu website:
Lulu is a private network dedicated to women and relationships. Lulu is a dedicated space for doing your research about a guy, either with your BFFs or totally anonymously. Lulu’s strength lies in the power of contributing to the database of dudes and accessing it when you need it.
If you meet a guy at a party and hit it off, admit it: you’re going to Facebook and Google him when you get home. Lulu is the place to do your research. Except we’re not going to bore you with whether he’s registered to vote. No way. Lulu tells you the stuff you want to know: is he a heartbreaker or your future husband? Lulu is the fastest way you can find out if he has a good track record with the ladies.
Lulu lets girls read and write their own reviews and recommendations of guys, through a variety of tools, questionnaires, and fun features.
Lulu is terrifying. I encourage NO ONE to download it.
So many celebrities, athletes, and politicians could have benefited, in the last few years, from an app that deletes all your "sext" messages (photos and videos). That app now exists. It's called SnapChat, and with it, you can safely send photos of your SEXY BOD or videos of you helicoptering your flaccid manhood, and take comfort in knowing that it will self-destruct immediately after the recipient views it. Yeah, this was clearly created by someone who got burned when their unimpressive genitalia made the rounds around the Internet.
Also, news out of the Zuckerberg machine is saying that Facebook is developing their own SnapChat-esque app. So stay tuned for that.
Download SnapChat for free here.
Created by 17-year-old (yeah, fuck him, I know) Nick D’Aloisio, Summly is an app that takes news stories and summarizes them into easily digestible, 400-character versions of themselves for smartphone viewing.
According to The Standard:
D’Aloisio is the founder of Summly, the app that summarises news stories in just two or three sentences. While news organisations struggle to make mobile work — Rupert Murdoch has just closed his iPad paper The Daily — Summly has had a remarkable start since launching on November 1.
Half a million people have downloaded the free iPhone app and they have read 30 million summaries, or “Summlys”, helping it to reach the top of the Apple app store in dozens of countries, including Britain. Now he is planning an app for Android phones, versions in four other languages, and a Summly version of Wikipedia.
D’Aloisio believes Summly suits the mobile age when we want quick, concise news. He has created a computer algorithm that picks the best stories from across the web, summarises them automatically, and then displays them by category. “From start to finish, there’s no human interaction,” he says proudly, although news feeds can be personalised by subject matter. Each Summly fits neatly on the phone’s screen in under 400 characters — he likens it to a series of playing cards.
Download Summly for free here.
The premise is simple: make a video on your iPhone (or other compatible device) and then use Strum to transform it into a music video almost instantly. For some reason all I can say right now to sum up Strum is "turn your life into a music video with one tap." I wonder why that is...
Download Strum for free here.