Hot on the heels of my Miso review, today I’m writing about another ‘couch potato’ application called Get Glue.
First off – let’s hear it for couch potatoes. We can’t be jogging and surfing all day, can we? On our couches, we can be reading the greatest piece of literature or watching a documentary that will change our world. We all need to put our feet up and feed the brain some time.
So, to Get Glue.
I considered Get Glue pointless when I started using it a few weeks ago. (This may be because I was already using Miso. They are quite similar and as a Foursquare user too, I’m getting Check-in Fatigue).
At the Get Glue sign up stage on a PC, I was treated to what felt like endless lists of movies, books, albums, actors and so on, in order to rate whether I liked them or not. The first 60 seconds was fun; the next two minutes became onerous; the final minute felt like a pointless invasion of privacy. So I left Get Glue for a few days.
Then I downloaded the iPhone and iPad apps to play with it properly. It became slightly more comfortable to relax back and rate a few of my favourite things and read a comment here and there. But the question remained: what am I getting out of it?
Yes, Get Glue allows you to share what you’re consuming. But we can do that on Facebook. In fact, if you remember the Facebook sign-up stage oh so long ago, it asks you what your favourite bands/TV shows/books are.
What’s more, Facebook has, for a long time, enabled third party applications that allow you to share what you’re reading and watching with friends. Remember iLike, the music app? I’ve got a box tab for it, but haven’t updated it in ages. What about Books in Living Social?
On Facebook, we don’t seem to stick with these check-in apps. After a few novelty check-ins, we forget to update what we’re listening to / reading. It’s just too onerous to continue to update, so we return to the tried and true status update only. In addition – there’s no reward for sharing our media consumption on Facebook [note: the Facebook Credits tsunami may sweep in and change this one day].
Will applications like Miso and Get Glue step in where Facebook has failed? Or will they be short-term ventures that, like the Facebook apps, die from neglect?
I’ve read some reviews of Get Glue and they all state what it does and how much “fun” it is. BUT WHY DOES IT EXIST? There is very little questioning of how it fits within our culture and its potential impact.
Here are a few uses I’m pondering:
- Use Get Glue as a recommendation tool. I’m reading Cat in the Hat, so Get Glue recommends The Lorax. I’m listening to Nickelback, so Get Glue recommends I shoot myself [did you see what I did there? I’ll blog more on this later, because the ‘recommendations industry’ is starting to vex me. Just because I downloaded one Katy Perry song, it doesn’t mean you need to keep serving Pop up to me – hear me, iTunes?!]
- For industry / The Machine. Get Glue could turn into a massive database of reviews, providing information on the network’s Most Popular Everything. If it takes off, it will no doubt become another important space for the marketing and PR industries to try to influence. “If it makes it on Get Glue, it’ll make it anywhere …”
- Self-branding. It’s said that potential employers and even romantic partners check out our social networking profiles. How cool would it be, if your future employer thought you read Dostoyevsky and you always tuned into news and current affairs? Will that cute girl like you more if you check in to Bondi Vet? (Of course, this could lead to award conversations down the track …)
- Encouraging us to consume. There are many books under the Get Glue ‘literature’ category that I haven’t read yet. The list reminded me of all the great titles I had planned to read over the years. I felt compelled to rush to the library and borrow them all. It’s a combination of peer pressure and internal aspiration. Of course, this will work differently for all users. Some will feel compelled to watch more Kardashian. Thus, it’s not all good news for the world.
Finally, Get Glue also contains ‘topics’. So you can discuss and rate just about anything under the sun. Why would you do that, when you can discuss topics in other, more popular social networks? I do not know.
As always, I encourage you to use the app yourself and make your own judgement. The best part of Get Glue so far is being reminded of all the great movies, songs and books you’re enjoyed over the years. That’s worth a smile – and the app is free. There’s another smile for you.