I’ve never been a big fan of Yelp (partial to Foursquare for social aspect) but Yelp’s latest feature has me taking a second look. Today it’s iOS app was updated to include the ability to order food and pick it up or have it delivered directly from restaurants all within the app. Their blog describes this ability at select locations is provided now through partnerships with sites like delivery.com and Eat24. This is not a new idea as I can order Pizza Hut directly through my XBox and other native apps but to have the ability to use a popular location search service like Yelp and place your order at the same time I gotta say I like. I can’t stand calling orders in; it’s a weird pet peeve of mine. I usually volunteer to pick up carry-out just so long as I don’t have to call it in. I just don’t like dealing with people on the phone and I know I’m not alone in this. It’s this sort of no hassle formula that makes services like Groupon so successful. What if you could also schedule a yoga or dentist appointment once you’ve located the office? Yelp claims that ability is coming also.
Welcome to my new series that I will called App Discovery. I will provide posts like these periodically and they will differ from App Reviews by their depth. In this series I will try to highlight apps I feel worthwhile for fellow Tekkies to check out so it is presumed that I offer at least a TekYa rating on apps showcased here.
To start I would like to showcase an app I’ve found to be at least novel if not timely. Timehop available only on iOS serves one purpose and that is to serve you up daily doses of precisely what you did exactly one, two, three years ago and so on. It does this by tapping into all of your social network feeds and regurgitating what you were doing, where you were doing it, what you were saying, and pictorially what you were sharing years past on the same date. It can tap into all the usual suspects like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Instagram. It goes deep on the photo front by syncing with Dropbox Photos, Photo Sync, Flickr, and even your iPhone camera. Syncing with all services is as simple as signing in and okaying the usual obligatory do-you-really-want-to-give-all-access questions and for me synced flawlessly.
I love the reminders of all things past. A couple days ago I was reminded that my son started crawling for the first time three years ago which is fantastic considering next year on the same date it’ll be displaying this year’s Instagram reminder of my son taking his first jumps into the pool and swimming. One of the toughest things for apps to do is to garner at least once daily usage. This app’s formula is perfect for such success. I look forward to finding out what surprises await me each day since there’s no way to either look forward or backwards in the app unless, of course, if you want to methodically dig down each individual social feed. The last morsel of history the app gives you is a snippet of news from years past via USA Today such as the six year anniversary of the first iPhone launch.
I will say the app isn’t very old and thereby is a bit buggy in its infancy. I’ve waited for an update before going ahead and recommending it. The latest update seems to have brought some stability however I am still unable to share to Facebook which seems silly anyways since I would likely just be resharing an already shared moment. Nevertheless if you are fairly active on social networks I highly recommend the app. It does one thing and does it simply and well and that almost always garners a TekYa rating in my book.