I love new mobile apps. I try just about every one that even looks interesting. Some stick, most do not. This one is brand new and interesting, though the jury is still out on whether or not it will have staying power.
It’s called Amen. Their website says:
Amen is the place for creating and sharing opinions about the extra ordinary things in life. Take a stand about the best and worst people, places, things and ideas.
There’s no room for discussion; the idea is simply to rate others’ thoughts and opinions with either an Amen or a Hell No! I think the first post sums up the app pretty well.
So the idea is that I can quickly scan the stream of people I’m following and agree or disagree with their opinions.
I don’t find the app particularly intuitive and I’m pretty app savvy. It took me way too long to figure out how to post.
Overall, I’m not sure I get it. What problem is this app trying to solve? Why would I want to use it when I can post opinions and thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, or Google Plus?
I do have a couple of reservations about the app itself. First, if there’s an explanation of how I came to follow the 11 people I’m following, I’m not sure what it is. It appears to me that I followed them automatically. I do have to wonder though, if following is automated, why is no one following me? Okay, don’t answer that.
Secondly, I often connect apps and services to Facebook and Twitter, but I expect to see a login screen that tells me which account I’m connecting. Not so. As soon as I clicked the Twitter button, it posted this tweet:
— beth g sanders (@bethgsanders) March 28, 2012
Which irritates me as I have more than one Twitter account on my iPhone and it never asked me which account I wanted to post from.
All in all, I’m ready to give it neither an Amen or a Hell No!. It does look as if it could turn into a hotbed of arguments and flame wars. I’ll probably play with it the rest of the week and, unless there’s a lightning bolt of awesomeness, I’ll dump it.
Have you tried it?