There is definitely an influx of mobile apps, websites and social media services going on around us all the time. But rarely comes along one that grabs your attention. Well this one does.
Echoer, an iPhone/iPad application that was launched in Canada earlier this year allows users to post and experience local thoughts, events and discoveries. What does that mean? Picture this. Twitter and Foursquare merged together and way more, people's thoughts along with their location telling you about what's going on around you.
OK, I know what you're thinking, redundant, right, but no. Echoer has been designed to be elegant and easy to use. The visual nature of the platform makes it quick and simple to find out relevant, timely, and popular recommendations, news and opinions about local restaurants, bars, gigs and events – wherever people gather to share ideas and experiences.
“Echoer is an app for anyone who’s tired of reading old and out-of-date comments, and who truly wants to engage in the local conversation. With Echoer they can find out, in an intuitive and enchanting way, what real people are saying in real-time about places, events and issues near them,” said Daniel Cowen, co-founder and CEO of Echoer.
As well as posting their own thoughts, known as ‘Echoes’, users can amplify others’ recommendations and discoveries, helping the Echoer service identify the most relevant and popular posts in a given place or area. Echoer takes this into account, together with timeliness and locality, displaying the most relevant Echoes on a local map.
When exploring your local area, the most popular and up to date content is displayed more frequently and prominently on the screen, and when you enter a specific place you are able to see a striking visualization of the echoes within that place, moving around in real-time as they vie for prominence against one and other.
Check out their teaser video below, it'll give you a better idea of I'm talking about.
You can download the app on the App Store here. Let's start using this, sure sounds like its gonna be a hit.