Price: FREE Score: 9/10 Category: Social Networking
Moment.me (official site here) is an iPhone app that takes the traditional social networking service formula and gives it a twist. Moment.me aggregates your pics and info, as well as the pics of other people, to construct a “panoramic view” of any given event, from parties and concerts to anything in between.
Moment.me lets you sign in with Facebook, giving the app a great headstart on linking you to recent events and photo ops. All pics, videos, tweets, and more from people who were at the same event as you get collected together, allowing you to see the event from a whole new angle, or easily find a great picture of a moment that you wanted to capture but missed out on. This would be GREAT for weddings.
The interface is wonderfully simple to use, and the resulting “panoramas” are very beautiful. It’s hard to find fault with this app, but it does have one minor failing. It’s the same failing that all social networking apps have: their usefulness (and awesomeness) always seems to be in direct proportion to the number of users the service has.
Since Moment.me is so good at helping users see the big picture, let’s take a minute and think about the big picture for the app itself.
The whole time I was using it, I couldn’t help but wonder what certain historical events would look like if Moment.me had been around. From the Boston Tea Party to the assassination of JFK, history would be all the richer for having a tool like this to gather info.
I can see Moment.me growing over the next couple years, and being used to gather more than just party pics. Imagine using it at an Occupy Wall Street rally, or seeing the connections that Moment.me could make between people in the next Arab Spring uprising.
Moment.me is a really great app idea. Not only does it enrich your personal social life, but it might just be a useful tool for historians and journalists in the years to come. It’s a supremely cool service for so many reasons, and it’s definitely worth checking out!
Moment.me is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.