Thank you to Wikets for introducing me to this iPhone/iPad app. You can download Wikets from the App Store here.
I spend quite a bit of time scrolling through the posts my friends have made on Facebook on a daily basis. When my friends make mention of a product, site or deal they have found, enjoyed or simply recommend I take note. I like to shop by word of mouth from real Moms rather than a sterile product review from a professional (strange huh?).
There is now an App, called Wikets, for iPhone or iPad that combines all the social aspects of Facebook or Twitter. What makes it different is that the person making the recommendations also gets rewarded in the form of points that can later be redeemed for gift cards for online stores. You share you opinions just like you normally would (and you can select them to post to Facebook for your friends to see) … but you also get rewarded… awesome!
With more than 60 major retailers that include stores like iTunes, Etsy, eBay, Amazon, Best Buy, Home Depot and many others you can find just about any item you want to recommend. If you aren’t sure which store to choose you can simply scan the product’s bar code. You can also pull up places through Yelp and Foursquare.
It’s super simple to make a recommendation. Choose if it’s a product, place or scan the barcode. Then choose your store. Type in a few key words to search for your product and then type in a small description… why you love that product etc. just like you would on Facebook. From this screen you can also choose to share with your friends on Facebook, too!
What makes this like a social networking site is that your “rec” is now shared with your followers in a stream similar to Twitter. You can follow other users and view the products and places they have recommended, “re-rec” something, comment on a “rec” or buy the product from the app itself!
As you can see, one of my friends has recommended several items including apps, a carpet cleaner and a fitness tracker. From this page I can search for particular users, filter popular recs and nearby recs (great for places to eat and shop). What I love is that you can tap a button to add items to your wish list as you are browsing through this stream… or better yet ask the user a question about the item through the comments feature.
I’ve only just begun to delve into the depths of Wikets, but I think I really like it! This feels more like a social network rather than just another review type of service. I love that you can ask questions and add items to your wish list. That will allow me to come back and look into the product later… kind of like a note pad. The best part of all is that I am being rewarded for sharing my opinion about things, just like I always do.
Download the app now… for free!
*** Be sure to use code ourkidsmom when signing up for your Wikets account! We’ll be “connected” then!***