Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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FlipFeed is an interesting app. A little like a static version of Periscope, its sole purpose seems to be to offer us insight into the lives of strangers and the image that they wish to share with us. Is it the kind of app you’ll use for hours on end? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t offer some occasional appeal.
The idea is that you ‘flip’ your way through a selection of photos and messages. Each entry has been uploaded to another user of the service, meaning the content is pretty varied. You might see a stunning sunset or a tasty meal, or you might just see an emoticon filled message excitedly talking about a person’s new iPhone. It’s fairly random, really, but that’s what works for it.
FlipFeed promises to be continuous in what it offers, mostly because every 30 seconds, you move onto another image. You will find things repeating though. I’m guessing there aren’t many users checking out FlipFeed at the moment, as many usernames are repeated. It’s not without potential though.
As a form of communication, you can exchange messages, complimenting each other on what’s been uploaded. It’s simply done but a nice way of making FlipFeed more interactive. There’s the chance of some issues arising, given dubious sorts that might appear, but FlipFeed offers some reporting functionality to cut back on that problem.
The only issue then is why would you use FlipFeed? It’s a passing delight, but I’m not sure about its longevity. It’s certainly interesting for a time, but I rarely found myself compelled to check in on what I’d missed. Perhaps with a wider fanbase it could prove more popular, but then it needs to offer something to attract those people. Up against live streaming, FlipFeed might have a harder time than it would have once upon a time.