If you’ve ever had to make a tough decision but weren’t quite sure what you really wanted to do, you may have turned to a friend or family member for advice. Sometimes it’s just nice to have someone else as a sounding board. The developers of Sider have created an app that turns this whole decision-making process into a game that you play with your closest online contacts. It’s a lot of fun but it will require access to your Facebook account for this app to work. The Sider is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Sider is quite a unique app that doesn’t have any real peers. It’s a social media experiment that’s designed to help you make decisions with the help and advice of your friends, but it’s also a game. It actually keeps score for you and friends and lets you see how well you really know someone, which can be a real eye opener. Facebook and Twitter are a big part of our online lives, and Sider has the potential to be the next big thing in social media; after all, who doesn’t like a good game with friends?
What I didn’t like about this one is that it requires you to log in with your Facebook profile, giving the app access to all of your Facebook information and it simply won’t work without it. The developers do suggest creating a new Facebook profile just for using Sider but this seems like a whole lot of unnecessary effort. There also doesn’t seem to be a lot of users on this platform yet. You can invite your own friends and family members to use the app, but if you’re looking to get going right away with a cool new online experience you might be a little disappointed.
There is a nice introductory walkthrough of the app the first time you use it to explain how everything works. This app does have a lot of promise and if more people start to use it there is the potential for it to become quite popular. The Sider app will require 2.3 MB of available space on your iOS device.
How it Works
Before you can start using the Sider app you will have to allow it access to your Facebook profile or create a new one. Once you’ve done this you’ll be prompted to find your friends on the platform or invite them from your Facebook contacts. If you prefer you can simply access the feeds from users around the world that you don’t know, although it’s hard to vote on people’s decisions if you don’t know anything about them. The app’s a lot more fun if you can find people you know on it, or convince your friends and family to start using it with you.
The Sider app is quite simple to use: to add your own question to be voted on you simply tap on the pencil at the bottom of the screen and type the question you’re looking for advice on. If you want to you can add a picture to your post and then all you have to do is tap on the checkmark and your question will be posted to Sider’s feed. To vote on someone else’s questions you just scroll to the one you want to vote on and tap on the minus sign for no and the plus sign for yes. If the person follows your advice you get points for guessing their actions correctly. If you guess correctly most of the time your profile will be orange; if you don’t, it will turn blue. This app has the potential to be quite addictive because it’s always fun trying to figure out what your friends and family members are going to do in their lives.
Turns decision making into a fun game played between friends and family
Great introductory walkthrough of the app
Requires you to allow the app access to your Facebook profile
Not a lot of users on the platform yet
If you love interacting with friends and family on social media you may want to give Sider a try. It’s a fun and innovative app that turns social media interaction into a fun game. Now you can offer advice to your friends on their decisions and if your advice is followed you’ll score points along the way. It has the potential to be a great app if more people adopt the platform.
Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.