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Thingspotter

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Published 01/19/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

Thingspotter is a convenient way to collect images of things the user likes or thinks others will enjoy. The user can save an image of an item to their Thingspotter account and create a feed. The site records who spotted the item, when it was spotted and a short description to go with it. The user can also click a button to access the site selling or listing it. Users can apply tags to the items they spot to make it easier for others to find. Related items are included on the item page to help users discover similar products. Users can build a personal wish list of items they want and mark items that they already own. The site bills itself as a “Twitter for products.”

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Thingspotter was developed to give internet users a convenient way to save and share their favorite items. The site focuses on unique and trendy objects and encourages users to share the ones they own or want and explore items listed by others. The site has received a few mentions on the web, although no significant coverage as of late. Its community continues to grow along with its extensive product lists.

What are the differences to other apps?

Thingspotter is all about unique and cool things. There are similar sites on the web, although few contain a collection quite like Thingspotter. Users can find a huge variety of items ranging from pool rafts for pregnant women to Etsy calendars and accessories. The Thingspotter product list is vibrant, trendy and contains something for almost anyone. The wish list concept may not be a new one, but the items found on user created lists are what really make Thingspotter shine.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Thingspotter maintains a basic design that allows the items the user lists to take center stage. This is a great approach that still manages to look modern. The colorful diagonally striped logo adds a bit of color to go with the red and blue links found throughout the site. A plain white background prevents the images from looking too busy . Instead, the layout and color choices manage to keep each item image separate and easy to browse.

How does the registration process work?

A visitor can explore the items listed on Thingspotter as much as they like without signing in. Users who actually want to create lists or access all available features must register. This can be done by clicking the blue “Log In” button in the upper, right hand corner of the page. The button takes the user to Facebook where they are asked to sign in to their account and allow Thingspotter to access their profile. This is currently the only registration option available.

What does it cost to use the application?

Charging a fee for a service like Thingspotter would be asking much for the features included. The site is driven entirely by user activity. If there were little to no users, then the site would have nothing to offer to others. The site does not currently charge any fees for access to all of its features. The user can browse as much as they like and discover many new items or share their favorites at no cost.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Thingspotter is ideal for anyone who frequently shops online. The site provides users with a diverse collection of unique items found all over the web. While some may be available in retail stores, buying online is the easiest way to purchase them. The user can also create a new wish list that can make holiday or birthday shopping much easier for friends and relatives.

  • Users can register and sign in with their Facebook account
  • Items can be added to a wish list or marked as already owned
  • Lists created by other users can be explored for more product ideas
  • Social networking tools allow users to share items on Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus
  • Tags allow users to find categories of items quickly


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