Pippit App First Impressions

Hey y’all! I know it’s been like A MONTH since I wrote. And I packed a hell of a lot into that month, let me tell you:

  • Finished my mom’s kitchen remodel (and forgot to take photos before it looked like real life again…sorry…but it looks SO GOOD);
  • Moved two homes in two consecutive weekends, and unpacked too;
  • Made countless trips to Home Depot in order to spruce up my patio and yard;
  • Did more yard work in a month than I have in four years (no mani photos coming from this blogger…broke so many nails πŸ™ );
  • Attended a funeral out of town (never fun);
  • Closed one chapter and opened another…hallelujah!

So there. It has been a leeeeeettle crazy in my world, but my daily to-do list is significantly smaller now, so maybe I can get back to ze blog.

That said, I stumbled upon the Pippit app via Oh Joy, and I did a double take. With #Pippit, you can:

“…create and share ‘pips’ Β from your blog posts, photos, and videos within a single mobile app…Dots are placed within each ‘pip’ filled with hyperlinks, detailed info, and descriptions.”

Pippit mobile app screens
Pippit mobile app screens

Pippit is $1.99 on the App Store, which isn’t a lot, but it ain’t free either. Regardless, curiosity got the better of me, and I paid.

Using Pippit

In terms of app adoptability, I liked Vine, but as soon as Instagram added video (and longer videos), I bailed on Vine. Pinterest was a slow start for me, and now I love it. As for Pose and all the others, who has time?

Still, I was willing to give Pippit a shot, because I liked the idea of everything in one place, and the ability to tag content with Like, Want, and Useful. Unfortunately,Β I have to say that my initial impressions of Pippit aren’t very good. While it seems like a great idea, in reality, it’s a bit clunkier, though that could be remedied in future updates.

Here are my first impressions:

  1. You have to know the RSS URL for your blog to feed into the app, not just your URL. That’s easy for most of us on WordPress: http://www.yourblogdomain.com/feed. But for newbies, maybe not so much. You should just be able to enter your URL and let Pippit do the rest.
  2. Some images are skewed or blurry in the blog feed, and most are just awful when “sharing a pip” on Twitter. Not sure what size images areΒ required, but this is a wholly inelegant presentation. Also, there is no post title, so no context for the image.Β Come on, Pippit! Y’all have got to do better than that. Blog posts should be a little different than stand-alone images in the app, otherwise, users could miss a post.
    pippitscreen
    A G&G post in Pippit. No post title, blurry image.
  3. It takes a while to orient the dots in your pips, and adding URLs from a phone…uh…not easy. Β Tagging people or using LIKEtoKNOW:IT in Instagram is far easier.
  4. No integration with Instagram as far as I can see. Only Facebook and Twitter can be linked. That’s a hugely epic fail. If you could push to Instagram or pull in images published on Instagram, this app could work. But there is no way people are going to abandon Instagram for Pippit. If there IS a way to link to Instagram, I’m not seeing it in the app. Which is yet another issue.

The Verdict

Like so many other social apps, I’ve reserved my user name and now I’m bailing. If it’s not easy from the beginning, I have neither the time nor the inclination to figure it out. I’ll stick with my golden trifecta of easy-to-use, proven social accounts: Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest.

But I’m wondering: Would you follow on Pippit? Have you tried it? Is it worth it to try to manage yet another social account?

5 comments

  1. Welcome back! I really wanted to see your mom’s kitchen remodel, so if the opportunity to shoot new photos arises…..

    As for the app, thanks for the feedback, I don’t have time for something that is clumsy, so I appreciate you saving me the hassle!

  2. Always look forward to your posts. As for the app, I’ve honestly never heard of it before. Part of the issue with social media is that if it’s a platform no one is using then it’s like shouting into an empty room. Then like you said if you’re juggling lots of a accounts it’s easier to stick to a few. Mine are Google +, Twitter and Instagram.

    I’ve kind of neglected my Facebook page since I noticed my engagement plummeted after they changed their algorithms so only a fraction of your followers would see what you posted (unless you paid).

    1. Hey Arash, thank you. Yeah, I’m still wondering why people keep creating more fashion apps. They really have got to know they’ve got some serious competition, and if they don’t “join ’em,” there’s no way they’re going to beat them!

  3. I tried it and I gave up. 80% of the time, I can’t even log in. I thought it was a great idea, but until there are some major upgrades, I’m leaving it alone.

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