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Interactive video messaging that could be the next big thing

Developer description

Every day, we interact with our friends using text. We try to express ourselves using CAPS, ... More

Editor's review

Published 26 Oct 2015

I've often wondered, you know. What exactly is it that turns a good app into a viral sensation? Over the years we've reviewed all the great free social apps upon release here at the FeedMyApp offices. Some, like Pinterest, Vine and Snapchat, were pretty obviously going to succeed. Others, like Flipboard, were not quite so obvious. The one thing they do need is a fair bit of luck. Given that wee bit of that luck, here's one that looks like it has all the right ingredients to hit the big time and be a mainstay in the app world over the next few years. Flyreel is a social video sharing app for iOS that sits somewhere between Vine and Snapchat and aims to help you interact with old and new friends using video in a completely different way.

For years, we have been connecting with friends on social media using one-dimensional text and photos but the only way we seem to be able to get any emotion into our conversations is via the dreaded emoji. The only real interaction available is the commenting or 'liking' of posts. Now it's time for that to change. Let's face it, there's nothing like a video of yourself to get your true feelings across. Flyreel lets you post videos - either publicly or privately -and includes a feature that similar apps just cant compete with. Friends and fellow users can respond to your video and jump in with one of their own - creating a neverending 'conversation reel.'

You can use Flyreel to video chat with your friends or you can create something a little more interesting. Start a movement, create a challenge event or have a little fun by asking your friends to answer any questions you might have. One of the more interesting challenges that has already begun to take off is the guitar battle. Record your one-minute guitar solo, upload it into Flyreel and wait for the response. How cool it is when your friends or fellow users respond with their own guitar solo video...and another...and another...and another. Pretty soon you've got a guitar battle on your hands. Likewise, if you have a particular skill of your own or want to find out how to change a tyre or something trickier - just post a video asking your friends and see what they come up with.

Flyreel is true interactive social messaging that manages to combine all the benefits of mobile video sharing and social networking but without the shortcomings of either. The app features elements of Vine, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat but creates a completely new way of interaction using video. You can use the app to interact inside or outside your social circles, send private videos to followers and get responses back, watch videos that have been stitched together as reels or follow others and add your own responses.

Flyreel is a great app for public and private video interactions and introduces new people into your circle of friends. It’s also a whole heap of fun. You can share your favorite moments privately or ingroup settings and create challenges and contests that can go back and forth between users. If you have a skill or a talent you can share that and encourage others to participate. The app looks good on your mobile, the interface is pretty cool and it adds a completely new dimension to social interaction. The developers claim that there will be even more exciting features coming soon. Flyreel is available for free on iOS in the US and Canadian App Stores right now with an Android version coming soon.

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