Apptitude, a new iPhone App lets users find interesting and useful new apps by taking into account social recommendations. The app is free to download and lets user find out interesting apps based on what their Facebook friends are using on their iPhones or iPads.
Once the app is downloaded you can log-in using your Facebook id. Once Apptitude has access to your Facebook feeds, it pulls your status feed and scans it for likes and other status updates from your friends to compile a list of top iPhone apps being used by your friends.
The use of Facebook to compile the recommendations ensure that you will be able to get recommendations from your friends, even if they are not using Apptitude. In addition to this, the “recommendations” in Apptitude are very subtle, as your friends don’t go out to recommend or promote the app to you, all that they have to do is to use an app for you to see, what they are using. If a large number of friends start using an App, that would become a very good recommendation or motivation for you to try out that app.
The idea is nothing new, social/friend recommendations are now an integral part of review services like Yelp, Amazon etc. The rapid explosion of apps on Apple Appstore made it all but certain that we would soon have a recommendation app that would recommend useful apps. Apple Appstore currently has more than 350,000 apps for the iPhone and iPod touch and may hit half a million mark sometime this year.