Here’s the latest offering from Jamie Oliver – a neat social media app called ‘YOU-app’.
Its USP? Mindfulness.
The concept is an application that provides you with ‘micro-actions’ to complete each day. They’re straightforward and easy to complete, and above all, make you feel better about yourself. They may be small, but the effects are cumulative and empowering; guaranteed to leave you feeling virtuous. It’s all backed up with science!
Pinterest, 2 Facebook pages, Twitter, WordPress blog… I can’t even find the time to open an Instagram account. Am I really going to post more pictures on yet another platform? Initially I was thinking “I’d really like to hope so, but I’ll take some convincing”… it’s been a week, and now I’m all over it. I write a diary every day, and I can assure you that taking a snap, adding a sentence and posting it, is far quicker.
As a technologist, futurology tells me that my list of ‘daily technologies’ is only going to grow – so I wonder which of these will be the first MySpace, and cease to exist? I predict mergers and takeovers as the public decide with their feet and the big players become increasingly ubiquitous.
Everyone requires a little encouragement, and the social aspect of this app genuinely motivates. Imagine Pinterest, but with everyone posting under a common theme, sharing beautiful images, ideas and thoughts.
In summary, do I like it? Yes. Has it got legs? It has, but I suspect that mass-uptake might be slow. Did it need to be its own standalone application? Maybe not.. I think I’d have been on-board simply subscribing to a Facebook page, but of course, not everyone uses Facebook (yet). If anything, it’s a shame it’s limited to mobile platforms.
Give it a go and see how you feel (remembering that change rarely just happens overnight). The overhead on your daily life is certainly worth the gamble.
Check out you-app.com. The application is currently available for iOS, with an Android version due for release.