Posted 12/26/2013 at 9:39 AM
Posted 3 years ago
CircleMe, a social discovery app that began life as an exclusive iPhone service, has now landed in the Google Play Store.
Having originally launched in private beta way back in October 2011, an Android version of CircleMe has certainly been a long time coming, but now that it’s here, what can users expect?
Well, CircleMe is unlike any social network you’d have ever used before and don’t be surprised if it takes quite a bit of getting used to. The innovative take on social discovery offered by the service makes it possible for users to create a social presence based not on interpersonal interaction, but activity. CircleMe makes it possible to create an online profile by tagging interests in virtually every category you can think of – music, websites, films, movies, books, hobbies and more.
The idea behind the service is to allow users to connect with people that share the same interests; however, doing this is not exactly straightforward. When you “plant” activities and interests, the app will tag your location allowing other users in the area to see that someone local shares their interest. Where the service does limit itself is in the fact that you cannot do any more than comment a tag until you “trust” that person. This is good for privacy, but not great for socializing. Basically, to build up a decent social circle, you’ll need to plant various activities and hope people find them, which takes time and effort.
The Android interface is similar to Tumblr with a clean and enjoyable design – though great functionality does not make the service any less puzzling.
If you are willing to work hard to build a social circle, you can give CircleMe a whirl now by heading over to the Google Play Store.