How do you find interesting iPhone apps to install, among 40k and growing?
Once you bought an iPhone and got familiar with the amazing iPhone software, it is highly likely that one of the first questions you ll ask yourself will be around which apps you want/should download from Apple AppStore. A natural way to solve this issue is by checking out the AppStore itseft and browse the most downloaded sections.
But since Apple's iTunes merchandising is a black box, in addition to be a painful browsing environnement this is not enough.
A second natural way to solve that issue is by asking your friends. This happens every single day. I have never met 2 guys that have an iPhone and that do not start discussing their apps. The web is also full of post and articles about most recommended apps, best apps,..Twitter is also a good way to figure out people need a better way to discover Apps.
Apple has not solved the problem of Apps Discovery and distribution. And we believe the key is in adding a social layer to iTunes AppStore
[btw this is the project i was teasing about under codename AF]
this is why we created AppsFire.com a new service that will allow you to share easily your apps with your Friends and streamline what you already do in real life. We believe the way to solve discovery is by adding a social layer to your iPhone. There are about 40k iPhone apps. And the number is going to rise soon. No one has the time to browse them all.
Appsfire is a shortcut to this problem. There might be other solutions. but we believe this one makes sense.
A few months ago, i came out with this idea out of personnal frustration and because i was kept being asked about recommended apps. When i met Yann Lechelle, who is a first class iPhone application creator in France, i suggested we create the service.
Today we are opening AppsFire in private beta for a few hundreds user. And if we bet right we should see an interesting viral phenomenon take place in the next days.
AppsFire is a very simple application [only for mac now, PC coming soon, as well as native iPhone app] that is for now only available for mac and that will list your applications in a private web page. You then can decide which app you want to share, and then you decide how you want to share them (email, social network of widget). You contact then receive a list of Apps to be downloaded directly from the Appstore.
For example here are my favorite web apps.
What you see today is only a little part of what the service is aimed to become. But we had to start somewhere.
If you want to track our activity here is our Twitter account. For further releases you can register here.
If you have any suggestions, comments, please leave them on our Appsfire suggestion page. Or simply comment here
Check also our coverage on TechCrunch
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