Moodeet is a new iOS-based social networking app from the company of the same name. It’s available now as a free download from the App Store.
Moodeet is a social mood-tracking app that allows users to post quick, simple status updates that include their current mood from a predefined selection of 49 possibilities, their current location, a photograph and any Moodeet-using friends that they are currently with. There is no facility for additional text to be added to an update, so any one user’s Moodeet feed will consist entirely of emoticons and supposedly-related photographs. This places the emphasis firmly on the photographs as a means of users “personalizing” their posts, but the app does not include any means of adjusting, editing or cropping the photos, nor does it include any Instagram-style filters.
The app features Facebook connectivity both to sign in when the app is initially started and to share updates on the social network as well as Moodeet itself. Connectivity is a little bit flaky at the time of writing, and does not appear to ask for permission to access the user’s basic information before retrieving it anyway. The app also requires Facebook to be signed into again from its settings menu once the user’s account has been created. Updating one’s profile information also often summons a generic error message saying “something went wrong” and not giving any further information.
Users may find friends in the app using a list of “popular” and “suggested” users — though every time the latter was chosen during testing, the app crashed completely. There also does not appear to be a means of finding friends via Facebook, either — or if there is, it is not made at all obvious. According to a blog post from the developer, searching for friends will be available in the next update, but launching a social app without such basic functionality does not set a good first impression.
Individual Moodeet posts can be tapped on to view their full information in an attractive tile-based view, and other users may also “like” or comment on them. Given that the possibilities of posts are so limited anyway, it’s difficult to imagine exactly what sort of conversations Moodeet will inspire. Individual posts can be used as a means of finding friends, however; tapping on the map shows other Moodeet updates that have been posted nearby — though this naturally requires the user to be in a place where there are other users of the service. The app also does not make this functionality at all obvious — it was only made apparent through the blog post linked above.
On the whole, Moodeet is not a good addition to the bloated lineup of largely-superfluous social networking apps currently available on iOS. Its purpose for existing is unclear, its functionality is currently crippled without a user search function and the app itself is woefully unstable. With such an ill-defined concept and what appears at present to be such a poorly put together app, it’s difficult to imagine this new network picking up any traction in the long term.
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