As human beings we are social, we build connections, require appreciation and communicate. In times of globalization, it is easier to be cosmopolitan and expand our boundaries both physically and mentally. Add in the expansion of smartphones, and we get a social app as a communication channel.
There are a million reasons for creating a mobile application with social features, but not all of those factors make such an app popular. You can check if your idea has a chance to become famous right now by consulting the list below before developing your mobile application.
- Social networks integration
Accept the fact that your app is not isolated from the rest of the world. Keep it connected with user-favored social media. Use common social networks logins for registration, add sharing buttons and develop cross-posting functionality.
- User’s profile
Make sure users feel unique and special with your app. Give them an opportunity to show their individuality and talents. Leave as much space for profile customization as you can, but keep an eye on simplicity. Do not overload a profile with information. Ask only for data that is essential to boost the user’s experience.
- Application type and platforms
Cover popular mobile platforms and choose an application type that provides the best balance of technical possibilities, features and engagement. Your decision will depend on your mobile app’s goals and requirements. Nonetheless, current general recommendations are for two versions of native applications, designed for iOS and Android platforms.
- Design and usability
To be popular, your app should be pleasant to use, coherent and inviting to the eye. Scroll through marketplaces and identify trends. Keep navigation simple and intuitive. The fewer clicks users do to reach the desired goal, the better your UI is. People admire cool pictures and animations. Design elements that your users can play with, scroll, swipe, touch and so on.
- Interaction & Communication
Real life imitation. The more your app resembles the way people speak in real life, the more popular it can be. Statuses and emojis can help to show emotions. Messages and posts make statements and share news. Likes and comments express thoughts and feelings.
Friendship. Create the algorithm for making friends. Allow users to search for new connections. Give them recommendations, or not, and proclaim this as a benefit of your app.
Location relevant features. In a busy rush of everyday life, a feature that can save time and efforts would be valuable. Offer your users some activities that are based on their location.
Different content. Involve all receptors. Let your users share different types of content, see photos, watch videos, play songs, read and text.
Notifications & feeds. Make your app useful. Keep your customers updated and connected, show them what is new and remind them of events.
- Performance, security and offline mode
Your app should work faultlessly and smoothly. An application dealing with sensitive data should be safe to use. Test the application’s performance before release. Provide the ability to report bugs and errors. Listen to suggestions and improve your app based upon them. With social applications, it is crucial to pay particular attention to its performance in an offline mode. Your app should not be helpless without an Internet connection. Keep it performing the usual way and make synchronization seamless.
Your mobile application will compete with others in the marketplaces. Do market research, define unique propositions and do not neglect app store optimization. Describe what a great app you have everywhere you can. Help your users to find it.
Whether you are startup aiming to beat social monsters or a company requiring an app to provide a better client experience, the rules will be the same. Give people want they want, make it look attractive and perform like it is expected.
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