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From The Sims to Social Media – There’s a New App on the Block

Sims creator, Will Wright, is saying goodbye to the world of video game simulation and starting to focus on social networks instead.

The app goes by the name of Thred and is currently only available on iOS. The gist of the app is to build a slideshow (or Thred) of your images to which you can add stickers, filters, text and links.

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You can select the base images from your own photo reel or from the selection within the app. To make it easy to build up your thred you can also use the calendar mode to view the photos you took on particular dates.  

After you’ve decided on a photo, it's only a matter of adding all the tacky stickers you want until you’re happy. Then you build up a thred, a bit like you do a Snapchat story.

However, the app hasn’t done hugely well so far. In a bid to be different from Instagram, the filters can get a bit cringe worthy. Apparently, it isn’t too easy to find your friends either. They could probably do something similar to Snapchat by automatically connecting to other mobile users, or connect via Facebook – or something? After all, it is a social app and if there’s no way of finding your pals, then users will soon lose interest.

But overall, the idea of adding stickers onto a photo is something that will certainly stick out. Keen social networkers tried to do this on Snapchat using emojis, but it didn't really work. 

Also, giving users the ability to add links to images also makes these pictures more than just that. It’s a way to make them interactive, a way to advertise something, a way to promote an event. Thred have found themselves a clever niche but whether it takes off or not is something that still hangs in the balance.  

This app will give users the power to make the most of their creative side. You could literally make stories out of your pictures, rather than have them as short-lived snapshots. I like the sound of this and if this guy still has what he had when he made Sims, then I can see no reason why this app can’t soar up in the charts!



Megan Herdson
Megan is a country girl who moved to the city with some big dreams. She is studying her MA in Creative Writing whilst also managing an American Football Team.  She loves her blog and wants nothing more than to have her words read. That and to win the Championship, obviously. Follow her @MeganAtSMF

 
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From The Sims to Social Media – There’s a New App on the Block Reviewed by Megan Herdson on Friday, May 15, 2015 Rating: 5

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