Ask and answer yes or no questions, anonymously. Ask the world and receive instant responses. Catsup is a simple anonymous polling app. Need help with a big decision? Catsup it. Unsure about a life choice? Catsup it. Want a worldwide audience to verify an opinion? Catsup it.
My first social media app
The idea of Catsup had been rattling around in my brain for many years. Developing an app that interacted with servers always seemed beyond my technical ability, but that was something I wanted to work on. Amongst my many concepts for social apps, Catsup seemed like the easiest starting point. Creating a simple PHP system and storing IDs locally on user’s devices was the quickest way for me to prototype the idea.
Engagement through simplicity
We look for quick approval or conflict through social media interactions. The quicker these moments can be delivered, the more often our needs can be satisfied. The anonymity feature of Catsup actually came into play because I wanted people to start interacting with each other as quickly as possible. The next step to delivering the end reward as quickly as possible was by launching users straight into a yes or no situation. As soon as the app is launched users can tap yes or no to start answering questions – no menus or signing up required. The omission of sign ups and accounts also allows the user to start asking questions without anything else required. Catsup is a dive-right-in experience and that decision is leads users to create content and communicate immediately.
Designing and developing Catsup was a great learning experience for me. There are many features I would love Catsup to include in future such as photo-voting and social media integration. Since launching Catsup a number of services have launched their own polling features (Twitter, Facebook and many more). Whilst the app remains available on iOS and Android, I have stopped updating it for the time being.