Down to Chill, available for iPhone and iPad through the Apple iTunes App Store, is the latest in the line of social apps that augment and extend other services, with Down to Chill acting like a special extension of Facebook.
The idea behind the app is to find people, either in your area or from your Facebook friends list who are ‘down to chill’, which means they want to hang out. The idea has a solid foundation, as it can be a pain finding people who just want to hang out, and it is difficult to get this across using basic Facebook statuses. With this app, you and anyone using it will know exactly what it is you are looking for, and that can only be a good thing.
Once you have connected with a few people using the app, it feels like its own nebulised social network, with chat, a live feed and trending/local hashtag tool available. The chat offers a respectable array of tools, such as photo sharing, but I wish there was a ‘send location’ button here to make connecting even easier. The feed is clever, and you can see posts in your local area, from friends and even from differing local hashtags, which you can also create yourself. It is things like this that makes the app a great tool for arranging things on the fly.
Sign in with Facebook
Create posts using hashtags
Meet up and chill with Facebook friends in your area
Like and comment on existing posts
Chat with other users
Post as yourself or anonymously
Be matched with friends in your area to chat with
Share your hashtags and posts on your social media sites
That is a decent raft of features, and many will love the ease of use of the anonymity feature, although this is something you should use with care. Once you have a few friends that accept your invitations, you will find that the app starts to expand as more and more people in your area sign up. Hopefully the app will take off, making it as useful as possible.
The only real complaint I would have is that there is no integration with other social networks, such as Twitter. The app has an arrow-like focus on Facebook at the moment, so I hope the developer chooses to expand to other networks soon, in order to widen the net as much as it can.
The app itself is as slick as you like, with really nice sliding transitions between the screens and a cool white look that is very easy on the eye. I love apps with intelligent design married to usefulness, and this is one of them.
Overall, this is a decent addition to Facebook, and an app that could prove to be very handy indeed, providing you can get as many friends involved as possible.