When you’re looking for a new app you have to know the exact term to search, then rely on star ratings and reviews written by strangers to decide whether the app is worth the download. It can be hard to tell if the app is exactly what you’re looking for and trying to read vague reviews by people you don’t know often isn’t much help. That’s where AppVue comes in. It’s a social network for apps that let’s others (including specific people from your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn lists) see what apps you have and what you thought of them, and in turn enables your network to point out other apps you might like or would fit your specific need. From Pando Daily:
AppVue differs from other services by relying on the people you trust instead of artificial intelligence, CEO and cofounder Matthew Epstein says.
“AppVue’s focus is not on trying to predict what you would like. I say AppVue is a service, but we’re really a medium for communication and app discovery through the people you trust.”
The service will launch with Facebook integration and plans to incorporate LinkedIn and Twitter in the future, allowing users to find their friends or people they trust no matter what service they happen to use.
It seems that AppVue will let you pick and choose your connections within its own social network, so you can weed out those acquaintances you don’t really know or those friends who love all the apps you absolutely hate – in other words, the people who aren’t likely to make worthwhile app recommendations for you.
“Facebook as it is is already extremely cluttered. I have 600 Facebook friends; I maybe only know half of them, but how many of those people do I actually trust?” he says.
Unlike Apple’s Genius feature, which looks at your purchase history and suggests new apps, AppVue allows users to upload what they have on their phones and then say whether they love, hate, or are ambivalent towards it. People that the user has connected with can then recommend replacements for disliked apps or new apps based on what the user loves.
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According to the AppVue website, the network is coming soon. I hope it doesn’t get stalled before it even launches, because a site like this could certainly cut down on all that wasted time spent trying to decipher reviews and find just the right app.