The Hipster iPhone app is a mash-up of Instagram, Twitter, Foursquare, and Facebook. It is so cool, even hipsters might use it. There will be a certain amount of angst and a chagrinned reluctance among hipsters to embrace the app due to the name alone, but it brings an interesting angle to social media apps.
The Hipster iPhone app is based on creating a postcard to document a moment in time at a specific location. You can choose an existing photo from your camera roll, or you can shoot a photo from the app. You have a choice of ten different postcard themes where your location and title of postcard are shared.
The themes are fairly sleek and modern, but they are not particularly interesting or fresh. Hopefully, the developers will devote more time and energy into developing more opportunities to enhance images, change fonts, and choose effects. That is the missing piece for me with this app, as social media apps and the term “hipster” connote a certain edgy, creative vibe that the images themselves do not reflect.
The Hipster iPhone app connects with Twitter and Facebook, so you can generate followers and friends to view and share with you. You can share who you are with and what you are doing with the image. The keypad is styled with the familiar twitter 140 character reminder, and you simply tap the hashtag on the screen to add it as necessary. Or, you can simply plug in a location in the search field, and, like Instagram’s home page, you see all of the location’s popular images. The Hipster iPhone app also has an online presence, so you can view your friends and follow postcards from your home computer as well.
The Hipster iPhone app allows you to see what is happening around you and beyond your Facebook friends and acquaintances. Because the Hipster iPhone app is based on your location, it helps to narrow the huge megaphone that is Twitter. You get the chance to interact socially with where you are at that moment, and that’s where it takes the idea of Foursquare and Facebook check-ins and status updates to the next logical incarnation.
Hipsters may not be the ones who popularize the Hipster iPhone app, but hip people certainly will. You have the chance to snap shots as you move through your evening out and about. You may pick up followers online through the Hipster iPhone app, but you will most definitely pick up friends and connect with them in real life. In that sense, Hipster connects your virtual world with the real world, and hipsters and hip people can all agree that’s pretty cool.
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