Our first week back at work after the New Year was brightened by the launch of a new social network. Peach, developed by the creator of Vine, promised a nice break from Facebook and Twitter, and set the internet abuzz for a few days.
Now that the initial excitement has died down, we’ve taken a closer look at Peach to see if it really does have the potential to compete with the big boys in social networking.
What makes Peach different?
There are two things that make Peach stand out from other social networks: how you write posts, and how you view posts. Let us explain.
Creating interesting posts is what Peach really focuses on. As well as standard text, you can use ‘Magic Words’ to quickly post everything from GIFs to your phone’s battery level (though we can’t work out why you’d want to share your battery stats). Type “GoodMorning”, for example, and you’ll post a good morning message with your local weather and time. Type “Draw” and you can create doodles.
The complete list of current Magic Words (below) gives you plenty of opportunity to create different posts, but what’s really exciting is the potential for more as the app grows. You could easily post about live sports, for example.
When it comes to viewing other people’s messages, you get a stream of your friends’ posts just like you would in Facebook or Twitter. But unlike the other social networks, you have a separate feed where you can view stuff from friends of friends.
This second stream massively extends Peach. It makes it easier to find those people you meet at your friend’s party, and you’ll get to see a wider view of the world.
What’s the problem with Peach?
Right now, Peach’s biggest problem is that very few people are using it. Most of those who are on the app are tech journalists trying to review it. Of course, you can sync your contacts lists and invite all your friends to join, but that leads us to the second problem.
Peach is iPhone only. All your friends using Android or Windows can’t use Peach. It doesn’t even have a web-based social network, so you can’t use it on your computer.
Our only other issue with Peach is that we think it’s missing a few features. The ability to import your Facebook friends list, for example, would make it easier to add more people to the app.
Peach says it reads every review, however, so our issues should be pretty short-lived. In the two weeks since its launch, the company behind the app has already solved a handful of problems found in early reviews.
Should I get Peach?
The only real answer to this is “why wouldn’t you?” Peach is free so you have nothing to lose, and by getting in early you’ll be able to secure a good username and be known as the trend-setter in your group of friends.
With its Magic Words and a fresh, simple design, Peach makes it easier to share with friends. Now that all the excitement over its initial launch has died down, we’re still eager to see the app fulfil its potential.
Have you been using Peach? Give us your thoughts on the new social network in the comments below.