>How much do you enjoy food? Food is one of those things that we all have in common but we experience it very differently. Some of us, for instance, are very open to trying new genres and styles of food whereas there are others who know what they like and are content with sticking to things that are similar.
In either case, it would be nice to be able to discover foods and restaurants you would enjoy based on the meals and places you’ve already eaten, right? How does a customized recommendation and food sharing app sound?
In this article, I’m going to show you a new iPhone app that’s capable of doing all of that and more. Whether you’re a full-fledged foodie or just someone looking to find a new place you’ll like, you will want to check out this app.
What is Forkly?
Forkly is an app specifically made for those who like rating and sharing what they’ve eaten. If you spend any time on Twitter you’ll surely notice that there are people who check-in to restaurants with apps like Foursquare and share pictures of their meals using their phone. There are even those who tweet requesting opinions on where they should eat. If you’re one of those people, Forkly is perfect for you.
Forkly states that they can “help you discover a new dish around the corner, the best burger in town or your favorite cocktail bar in a new city.” And by rating the dishes and entrees you’ve already enjoyed (or hated), your results will be tailored to your style or taste.
With Forkly, you can “Want” items to save them for later so you can remember to try the new and interesting foods/drinks you discover with the app. This can come in handy if you’re playing around with the app but aren’t particularly hungry at the time.
Forkly also acts as sort of a social network for foodies in that you can share your tastes with your friends and earn influence points while using the app. Tastes can be shared to your Twitter, Facebook, Email, and MMS, and–perhaps more importantly–photos can be shared of your food/drink.
And as your influence points build up, you can become a top influencer for both places and items, adding value to your ratings so others will be more inclined to try something you’ve recommended (or avoid something you didn’t).
To get a better idea of the types of things you can do with Forkly, check out this quick video:
Logging in on Forkly requires that you have a Twitter account, which makes sense because Twitter is the perfect place to share your meals alongside your check-ins and whatnot. But remember, Twitter isn’t the only place you can share these items.
Also, if you happen to be a food blogger, you should check out the embeddable goodies Forkly has available for your blog.
Forkly is an app I’ve had my eye on for a while now and now that it’s been officially released to the iTunes Store I can see it being pretty popular among foodies. Foodtography–the art of taking pictures of food and sharing them–has really caught on with photo-sharing apps like Instagram, and having a food-centric app like Forkly should help add some functionality and usefulness to that trend.
Do you enjoy taking pictures of your delicious food?