There must be hundreds of social networks available to smartphone and tablet users, so why not one dedicated to Apple’s customers; specifically Mac, iPhone, and iPad owners? Well, that’s what iWorld is. A social network for Apple’s customers.
Mac folks may remember Apple’s foray into social media from back in the day. As in the middle of 1994, just as the public internet began to take over from AOL, CompuServe and others.
That disaster was called eWorld, and it was an official Apple product (and one that didn’t even live for two full years).
There’s quite a history from that era for eWorld, AppleLink, AOL, CompuServe and others. Apple tacked on an $8.95 per month price tag for what amounted to AOL Lite.
What about iWorld?
All it takes to create an iWorld account is to dream up a username, add your email address, and create a password. Profile details are nominal and include gender, name, city, country, and so on, though you get options to display information privately or publicly.
Upon initial setup iWorld uses avatars from Gravatar though you can change the photo within the app. What do you get with iWorld?
The Mac app looks and works much like the website in a browser tab. There’s a Wall, somewhat akin to Facebook.
Click to view your Profile, Notifications, Messages, Friends, Groups, and so on. Other sections include Forums, Photos, and settings. iWorld has groups which you can join, though they seem sparsely populated.
For example, as of this writing, Apple Addict had a few dozen members, Mac Servers barely a dozen, and NeXT user group had less than half a dozen members. In fact, I could find only seven groups in the whole of iWorld, though joining a group takes nothing more than a click.
Two obvious things come to mind immediately. iWorld is not an Apple sanctioned product, and though it’s for Apple’s customers, there’s no iPhone or iPad app (web browser works fine, though). It’s Mac only for now.
iWorld works much like any typical online forum, though with fewer bells and whistles. In fact, iWorld reminds me a bit of Apple’s defunct eWorld. How so? To paraphrase Yogi Berra’s famous, “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded” iWorld isn’t crowded because nobody goes there.
To be fair, iWorld has been around barely four months. To be honest, though, you’d expect far more members, but you’d be wrong. Considering that Apple has hundreds of millions of customers, I hope iWorld catches on. It could be a good place for exchanging tips and tricks for Macs, iPhone, and iPad, as well as applications.
For now, though, iWorld looks a bit like a new mall, open for business, but with no stores inside.