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If you want to share everything you love, Twitter alone just won't cut it. Social microblogging apps are where it's at, but most are tailored to a specific service, and remembering which one to use can be a bit of a pain. Oink is nothing short of a game changer. It does everything you'd expect from a social rating app, but with an Apple-like elegance and a whimsical, anything-goes attitude unsurpassed by its peers.
As its name suggests, Oink's most obvious use is for rating restaurants – or rather, the food found within. Say the diner up the street has a BLT to die for. Just tap the cute pig snout and start Oinking: select your location, snap a photo, and write a tiny review. You can love, hate, or ho-hum Oinks, as well as comment, share, and track favorites on a to-do list, all the while gaining precious credibility points.
If it stopped there, Oink's polished interface and discovery tools (and squealing alerts) would easily set it apart from the sea of competitors. But what makes Oink really shine is its inclusivity, as anything can be rated: from the North Star to your North Face jacket. As Oink's community grows, its usefulness will skyrocket.
I Oinked everywhere I went and couldn’t find much wrong, save for a bug that constantly alerted me to Facebook sharing and a bit of multitasking lag. I also found myself a bit constrained by Oink's dependence on location services, as I couldn't find a way to rate dishes from a restaurant outside of my immediate area. But these are minor niggles considering its usefulness and versatility.
The bottom line. It was only a matter of time before a near-perfect social microblogging app came along, and it's finally here – and darn adorable, to boot.
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later
Elegant interface. Boundless social ratings. Sophisticated ratings system.
Limited location-based place finding. Pressures us to publicize our lives even further.