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Real Time Opinion Platform

Published 05/31/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Thumb is an opinion platform that lets anyone get involved with sharing and receiving opinions. The application provides a community that welcomes any kind of inquiry. Users can ask about personal decisions or see what others think about brands, celebrities and entertainment. All users are invited to pose clean, appropriate questions to the community. Questions that are considered inappropriate are removed to keep the community friendly and positive. Users can explore recently asked questions on the homepage. Questions include an image, thumbs up and thumbs down option, comments area and menu that let the user access the results, profile, and friends list. Along with the thumb up and down selection, users are also given the option of sitting on the fence with the ‘neutral’ button. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Thumb was founded in May of 2010 by Mike Melli and Dan Kurani. The application was originally introduced under the name Opinionaided. It currently supports a large, active community. Thumb has earned a positive response from reviewers and users on the web. Most promote the application’s simple nature, which makes it extremely easy for anyone to ask a question and get responses from a large online and mobile audience.

What are the differences to other apps?

Thumb isn’t the first web based application to ask users questions. Online surveys have been around for decades however the way they are introduced and managed has improved dramatically. Thumb is a great example of this because the application is about as user friendly as it gets. The simple interface lets users pose questions or respond to questions in seconds, with three options plus an optional comment. Thumb provides the greatest flexibility with minimal complexity.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Thumb works well and looks modern. This is a very good thing considering the many free online poll applications that offer a rather plain or dated appearance. Thumb works in plenty of personality with dark menus and stylish icons that remain as simple as the application is to use. Thumb’s interface doesn’t need a large color palette to look eye-catching. Even a novice user will have no trouble getting around the application on their first try.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can click the green “Enter Site” button found near the lower, right side of the homepage to begin. The login area is positioned down the right side of the next page. Users are invited to register with their Facebook profile using the blue button at the top of the menu. Others can sign up without Facebook by clicking the green “Sign Up” button below it. Doing so presents the registration form, which asks for a first and last name, email address, password, gender, date of birth and terms of use agreement. The user is automatically logged in after submitting the form.

What does it cost to use the application?

Thumb invites all internet users to join its community at no cost. There are no subscription fees and the user is not required to make any purchases. The whole point of the application is to participate in online polls, however the user it not forced to do so to keep an account open. More users mean more questions and opinions, making free access the best way for Thumb to grow its user base.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Thumb is an interesting application for anyone who enjoys taking online surveys and polls. The application is very easy to use and lets anyone ask and answer questions. Users who have a pressing question to ask can tap into the opinions and knowledge of a large online audience. Professionals and businesses may be able to use Thumb as a quick way to find out what consumers want and need. Others can use Thumb as a fun way to pass the time by answering and asking entertaining questions. As long as it is clean, users can ask it with Thumb.

  • View user created polls and share opinions
  • Choose a thumbs up, thumbs down or neutral response
  • Add images to go with online questions
  • Comments let users provide more opinion detail
  • Anyone can ask a question and receive answers quickly

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