Maybe I suffer from Facebook fatigue, but it takes real time and effort to keep up with the Wall, scan through a few feet of Twitter posts a couple of times a day, all in a vain attempt to be connected when there’s little actual connecting going on.
Alright, with that out of the way here’s another online social app with a twist. Shortwave for the iPhone lets you post, reply to posts, vote on topics– with short video messages. Like Facebook’s Wall, Shortwave automatically stitches together video clips into a thread of ongoing conversations from everywhere others use Shortwave.
The user interface isn’t complex and all it takes is a single finger tap to view topics, take a video shot, check news, or merely explore what others have to say.
In a sense, Shortwave is kind of a mashup of forums, blog comment posts, Facebook Wall, and Twitter, but with focus on video.
In some respects, Shortwave is a delight to use, and exploring topics online– all with video messages and replies– massages the curiosity and voyeur genes in all of us. Still, Shortwave requires time and effort to manage, and probably helps the chiropractic industry gain new patients (hunched over viewing on smartphones).