Yappie App Revisited [Review]

I guess my archive feed via twitter sparked a response from the boys over at Yappie

 

I re-downloaded the app onto my phone. I logged in. There was a notice of an “update” why wasn’t the app automatically updated when I downloaded it? Instead of sending me a notice via the app.

Unfortunately this app crashed on me more than a few times. It didn’t freeze up, which is ok. But, the app crashed and just flashed back to the home menu on my phone.

Yappie

What I did notice was that there are some really interesting points on this social voice app. Once you log in to the app you can work on your profile page. You can edit your profile…in that section you can do the following.

  • Invite friends
  • edit your profile
  • change password
  • change your settings
  • block other users
  • make your profile private
  • and logout

The bonus options are blocking users and changing to a private profile. 

Under the Settings sections

  • My Interests – a member can pick from different categories such as sports, music, etc.
  • Social Networks – Connecting to both Twitter & Facebook. However, I’ve tried to connect my Facebook account but the app continues to crash. As far as Twitter, on the toggle is on but there is no automatic posting to my Twitter timeline.
  • Notifications
  • My Feed – a member can choose from Editors Picks & Global Content or both. I think this is another bonus feature in this app.

Recording a Yap 

  • A member can tap the record button and talk for 60 seconds or you can select a file from your library. You can only upload via the website.
  • After you record you choose from 6 different voice filters or save as is. Here you can also play back your audio before you save it to your profile page.
  • Next section is to add a description of your Yap along with the updated feature of added photos to your Yap. When you do, the photo then becomes the player otherwise if there is no photo the Yap remains a pink line player.
  • Also add any mentions and hashtags to your Yap.
  • There is even an option to add location. The bonus feature is adding the location because if you do you can
  • You can also share your Yap to Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp or email. More bonus features in this voice app.

What I really thought was interesting about this app is that you can find & listen to different users by location. Just to click on the “pin” and you can listen to that Yap. This feature I have NOT seen on any other voice app. Definitely a bonus for Yappie. A member can also customize their member page with a “background” photo, just like the Twitter format. A member can add another account to Yappie and switch within the main account, again just like Twitter.

Yappie

A member can even upload photos to their Yaps, which turns into the player. There are different voice filters to add to your Yap which adds an amusing sound to the audio. The two issues I had was that the app crashed on me several times during use. The other issue is that the recording time is still only 60 seconds long. It is a really good little voice app to use. This voice recording app has made some really unique and useful features. Surely, worth a second look.

Yappie App [Review]

I noticed new follower “Yappie” on my twitter. I always peek at who is following me, including peeking on any websites listed. I immediately clicked on the Yappie.com

I discovered that it was an audio blogging platform. A another audio social network. I had to join. Why? Because I enjoy audio-blogging. A group of about 14 guys run this cool little app. The iOS app looks fairly new, it’s dated back to October 2013 with only one update in November 2013. When signing up you’re asked to pick out some interests, such as music, movies, lifestyles, sports. You have the option of making your profile private or public, connecting with Facebook or Twitter. A member creates a brief bio, uploads a profile photo and a background photo (just like Twitter).

Yappie iOS App Sign Up.  Audio Social Network. Also available at Google Play

Yappie iOS App Sign Up.
Audio Social Network. Also available at Google Play

Once signed up, the member to share their Yappie on their Facebook or Twitter pages. Other options for sharing are copying to clipboard, embedding the player (below) and sending via email.

Once signed up and in, there are few different tabs at the bottom. First the “Home” tab gives the member an option to view two different news feed. The first being their own news feed including these they are following. The other option is “Global” where a member can view the entire Yappie news feed, a great way to hear new voices. A members news feed includes the number of likes and the number of listens. A member can comment immediately upon listening to someone’s app. The comments are  typed, perhaps in the beta version or updated versions a possibility of audio comments including typed. There is an option to share on Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and email. Being able to leave a comment immediately upon listening is a plus for this app.

Under "Home" tab, a member has the option to view two different newsfeed.

Under “Home” tab, a member has the option to view two different newsfeed.

When you see a member with a blue Yapp, it means that they have been “verified.” This is on my to-do-list. A member can search for members and or hashtags.

Another tab is “Popular.” A member has the options of looking through the “Trending, Editor’s Picks and the Leader board” Yapps. Trending Yapps are highlighted in a different colored mosaic page. Editor’s Picks are those Yapps that are highlighted by staff. The Leader board is unique. A member can earn points daily by just being active on the site. Listening, recording, commenting and liking Yapps all earn a member points. The Leader board shows the highest scoring profiles, including yours and those you’re following, along throughout the Yappie site. The pink number under a member is their rank on Yappie and the blue number is the number of the points they have earned being active.

Recording is pretty simple. Just hit the pink dot at the bottom of the app and watch the counter start counting down. There is only 60 seconds of record time for this app. Which is not a plus in my opinion or experience with audio social networks. There are some that start out with 3 minutes of recording time (Audioboo), Chirbit gives up to 2 hours or what space you have on your phone. Eevzdrop gives a 10 minute recording time. Which is a really good amount of time. Some give 5 minutes (Voicebo) others like Yappie only give 60 seconds, like Dubbler. Yappie is like Dubbler with the time limit and they offer 6 unique voice filters to add to your audio. There is also an option to upload audio files on the Yappie site (via computer). Which worked very nicely, I uploaded one called “Love Letters.” Tweak your Yapp, pin it to your location on the map. Use your iOS settings to add the location. You send a direct message to any one of your followers. You can mention a member in your Yapp descriptionby using the @ symbol, plus adding the hastags to the description.

I really enjoyed using this app. The only down side is that it is only 60 seconds of record time. Would be great for using it for a Twitter vocal status update. I would not recommend this to those hardcore audio-bloggers that I know. This social app is fairly new so there really isn’t a lot of interaction. The staff work hard to make new users feel welcome, a select few users comment or like. Incentive is the points the member gets for their activity. I think this has the potential to be a very unique audio-blogging social app. Another down side to this app is that there is no option to upload photos to a Yapp. However, there is a beta version in which the staff might be working on this option. It would definitely add to this app. 

There are users that haven’t recorded anything in weeks. I noticed there are big time gaps someone recorded something 2 hours ago, before that 9 hours ago and then 12 hours to 1 day. I did that scan through the “popular” Yapps. In another search I got 4 hours ago to mine that was 16 hours ago and that was under “global” Yapps. So, don’t expect a lot of social movement. Keep in mind it’s all still very new.