Most social networks revolve around connecting with people far away rather than with your neighbors. By far the biggest use of Facebook, Twitter and Google's Plus network is connecting friends that are geographically separated. We want to know whats going on in the lives of people that mean a lot to us, wether or not they are on the other side of the world or living in some dark cave with a tinfoil hat, trying to escape the apocalypse. (I wont even ask why this person means a lot to you.)
But what about when you want to see whats going on, literally, around you? What are the people in your country, state, or even county or district up to? Is there a local tofu stand where I can go and purchase the bestest of the best in tofu for the all new low low price of only $9.99 an ounce?
This is where "local networking" comes in. Local networking is a new form of social networking that focuses on geographic locales and whats happening in these areas instead of on the people themselves. Its a refreshing twist on the concept and once you get into it, it becomes quite useful and fun.
We're not here to discuss the pros and cons of different types of social networks though. Lets get dirty with todays app, which is in my opinion the best local network to date.
Circle is local networking done right. The app is everything other apps of its purpose can only dream of. It's easy to use. It's fast. It's absolutely gorgeous. It serves one purpose well, and thats it.. No laggy bloating, No premium IAPs, and no cost.
When you boot the app for the first time, you are greeted by an asthetically pleasing interface that lets you instantly log in with your Facebook, Twitter, or Google plus account. Once you create an account with Circle, you have to wait 24 hours while your account is handcrafted and feeds the devs think you may find useful are chosen. (Typically including weather, local news, ect). Yes, this delay is a little annoying but its a one time only wait and once it is finished you are good to go.
The network's strongest point is how basic it is. No pages to like, no resharing posts, and no complicated profiles. You simply set up basic info about yourself, find a few interesting local people, and start not-working.
If you are one of the first few cyber-denizens in your area to get Circle, you have an option to become a local administrator- one who oversees the online activity and monitors for abuse and misbehavior. Yes yes, we even need authority in the digital realm.
Thats all there is to it. Get it and see for yourself why i predict Circle will become a huge thing in social networking before long.
The only downside i could find is this: Circle is relatively new, so if you don't live in a larger city or well populated area, chances are you'll be the only person using the app in the area. However once you coerce a few of your local friends to join, (how this is accomplished is entirely up to you), it shouldn't be long before things are humming at a rather pleasing rate.
Oh, one other thing. The servers seemed a little unresponsive at times. If i had my say its because Circle is in an early stage of its development and the creators cant spare the extra moola it would take to keep up a faster server. I'm sure eventually there will be servers in every state, but for now things are just a little slow. Ok, a lot slow.
Ahhh, almost reminiscent of the 56k days.
No, not really.
56k didnt come with beauty and absolute functionality. This app does.
All for $0 down.
Circle is "local networking" done right.