Find an answer with Deciderr

IMG_2390Deciderr is a new iOS app from Decision Network, Inc. It’s available now as a free download from the App Store with no additional in-app purchases.

Deciderr is a mobile-social network designed to help people make decisions and solicit feedback by allowing them to pose “yes/no” questions to the community. You can also answer questions posed by other users and engage in discussions through the comments.

Deciderr requires an account to use. Initial account setup can be done using Facebook or Twitter, but the user must still provide their desired username, birthdate and bio manually when signing up.

Once into the service proper, the app’s main screen is split into five main components. The “World” tab allows users to browse questions submitted from all Deciderr users, regardless of whether or not they are following them. The “People” tab is a feed of just people the user has specifically chosen to follow. The “Feed” tab provides notifications of activity on questions, including answers and comments. The “Profile” tab displays a summary of the user’s questions and those in which they have been “tagged” with a Twitter-style @username. Finally, the button to actually ask a question is prominently displayed in the lower middle of the screen.

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Tapping the Ask button allows users to pose a question of up to 144 characters in length. A photo may also be added, hashtags and usernames included and the question set to be public to the world or private to followers only. There is no option to provide alternative answers to the default “Yes/No,” however — most users are getting around this by indicating which of their proposed responses is represented by “yes” and which by “no.” It’s a clumsy solution to a problem that doesn’t need to exist — the simple addition of the ability to customize the two available answers would get around this without compromising what the app is all about.

Answering questions is a simple matter of tapping on them from the feed to reveal the two options, then tapping the option to answer with. Answers cannot be changed once submitted, and responses are not anonymous, meaning that both the owner of the question and anyone else who has answered it can see who has responded with “yes” and who with “no.” The app would perhaps benefit from the ability for users to make their answers anonymous for more sensitive or embarrassing questions — those asking the questions can make them private to their followers, so it would make sense to offer some privacy options for those responding, too.

It’s the omission of the ability to customize possible answers that makes it tough to recommend Deciderr despite it being an otherwise well-designed and attractive-looking app. It’s intuitive to navigate, features good social integration with both Facebook and Twitter (that can easily be turned off if desired) and features a reasonably active (if rather small at present) community. However, without the ability to take full control over the questions that are being asked, most users will probably be better off with something like Polar.

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