Developer: Frimby
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Facemood is a fantastic starting point to a pretty cool concept. It’s meant to help you assess just what mood your friends are in according to their Facebook status. Much like mood rings of old though, accuracy isn’t its strongest point and there’s that nagging feeling that maybe you should just ask them how they are.

Using Facemood is remarkably simple to do. It is however a little slow and faltering to get going. Simply log in with your Facebook details and you’re away. Load up your profile and Facemood is happy to tell you what kind of mood you’re in according to your status. Hopefully you know what mood you’re in of course! Alongside this profile section, you also have a simple but effective Facebook client too which is a handy bonus.

Searching through your friends’ moods is a simple matter of browsing through the friends list and tapping their name. The problem lies in how long it takes for Facemood to analyze their statuses. It does take a little while, sometimes upwards of 30 seconds or so. An annoying amount of times I also found it refusing to load, instead stating that I didn’t have an internet connection when I did. Adding friends to your favourites list seemed to speed things up a bit at least.

The actual results are similarly mixed too. Sometimes it would be spot on with its predictions but other times it’d be totally wrong. For instance, one friend of mine had posted on their status about whether anyone wanted to buy their car. It was a very neutral message but because they used the word ‘know’, Facemood read the ‘no’ part of the word and assumed it was a negative status message. Being able to read through why Facemood thinks a status reflects a certain mood is handy in order to figure it out though. There’s also the added benefit of being able to add your own keywords which can affect results wildly.

Facemood is a great idea but it’s one that doesn’t quite hit the spot. As a fun little app to mess around with, it’s a good concept and passed the time. It could just do with recognising words a bit better and fixing those pesky slowdown problems.

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