Price: Free Score: 9/10 Category: Social Networking
An iPhone app is only as good as the people who use it (and ideally, use it well.) So while I can easily imagine hordes of teenage girls using this app as a passive-aggressive tool of self-expression, I can also see the real world applications that AmIOK?! (official site here) has to offer.
With a single click, you can share a status update across all your social platforms: a message sent simultaneously to all Twitter followers, Facebook friends, and email groups. Along with your message, you can send one of three faces: I’m OK, I’m Not OK, and I Need Help.
The developers suggest a whole host of reasons to use AmIOK?!. For example, if you happen to be traveling abroad and civil unrest or a natural disaster strike, you can quickly send people a message to let everyone back home that you’re okay (or, alternatively, say that you’re trapped somewhere and injured.)
Surprisingly, there’s a social component at work here, beyond the ability to share your thoughts across various social platforms. AmIOK?! generates a mood-map based on input from other users in your geographic area, and you can see how your mood compares to others in your area or anywhere around the world.
As the developers are quick to point out, misery loves company. And while it may be easy to dismiss this iPhone app out of hand as a silly social networking tool likely to be co-opted by whining teens, AmIOK?! brings a lot of good stuff to the table. Even if you don’t use it on a regular basis, it is absolutely worth having in your arsenal, especially when traveling.
AmIOK?! is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.