ThinkAlike: Your New Social Media Obsession

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By Karen Valenzuela, @VictoriaNoir89

There’s a new social media application in town.

Its name is ThinkAlike, it’s absolutely free to download, and I’m already using it more than anything else on my phone. You could say I might be slightly obsessed with it.

On the surface level, the ThinkAlike app is like Instagram in that it’s simply another way to post pictures for other people to see, but that is where the similarity ends. Other social media applications let you post pictures, inviting other users to like and/or comment on them. But instead of inviting comments from users, ThinkAlike sets up a rating system. It’s fast, easy, fun, and addictive in the best way.

There are two ways to rate a user’s post: on a scale from 1 to 5, 5 meaning you love it or agree with the poster, or you can click ‘THIS’ or ‘THAT’ to choose between two things, such as dogs versus cats, city versus nature, beach vacation versus mountain trip, etc.

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ThinkAlike’s founder and creator Henry Meller wanted to make a platform that allowed users to connect with one another in a new way. “With ThinkAlike, we’ve moved past comment fields that often end up causing all kinds of problems. Anytime your opinion matches, we call that a ‘ThinkAlike.’ It can show you things you never knew you had in common with your real life friends, as well as people you might only ever see on TV or in the movies, like Yvonne [Strahovski] for example.”

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In fact, Strahovski (Chuck, The Astronaut Wives Club) was one of the first celebrities to join the ThinkAlike community. “Yvonne was one of our first ‘famous’ users – the first two were musician Cody Simpson and his sister Alli, who is a budding singer and actress herself. At first, a lot of the posts were fan posts but that is calming down now and even after 5 days, we can see the content is evolving and some users like ‘KateW’, ‘Vanner360,’ and ‘Style’ got so popular so quickly that we started suggesting them to all our new users,” Meller said. The official ThinkAlike profile suggests users to follow every day. “We are keen to take a democratic approach to who we promote – we are suggesting our most creative early users alongside international supermodels like Gigi Hadid.”

One of my personal favorite features on the app is what Meller and his team call the “magic penguin” button, which essentially lets you know who you’d potentially be the most compatible with in real life. You’re even given a percentage next to the number of ThinkAlikes you have with that person. “Right now Yvonne and I think 86% alike which is incredibly high,” he said before adding, “she should probably be a bit worried about that actually!”

Strahovski is one of the most popular users. “I first met Yvonne in the surf in Malibu a few years ago – she doesn’t talk much about it because she’s too modest but she’s actually a pretty stylish longboarder! I showed her ThinkAlike because I wanted to get her take on the experience we were offering – we both feel that ThinkAlike offers more of a conversational feel than other platforms. Yvonne will post something and ask for her followers’ opinions, then they tell her and we reveal whether or not Yvonne agreed. Over time, her followers can see if they see the world the same way Yvonne does.”

The negativity that erupts sometimes on other social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram was something Meller wanted to get away from with ThinkAlike. Disallowing comments and instead implementing a rating system was a great way to do that. “That seems a much fuller interaction than something like Twitter or Instagram where Yvonne will post, and then what often happens is that people start shouting back trying to get some sense of engagement. And at times social media can get very negative and even nasty, which doesn’t benefit anyone. On ThinkAlike, the worst thing someone can do is give you a 1 out of 5, which isn’t super nice but it also isn’t the kind of feedback that would really ruin someone’s day. Yvonne is a really positive person and she loves her fans, so this part really resonated with her, too.”

ThinkAlike isn’t just about cutting the potentially negative conversation. It could’ve simply allowed ratings instead of comments and stopped there, but ThinkAlike also gave us Chill Bill the “magic penguin,” which lets you connect with your favorite celebrities in a much more meaningful way. I can go onto ThinkAlike right now, tap the magic penguin button, and see that I have a 96% score with Yvonne, a 99% score with Chuck actress Sarah Lancaster, and an 85% score with Henry Meller himself. (I’m worried for all three of them, honestly. Sorry, guys.)

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ThinkAlike is still a very new app and it’s already been updated. Just a few days ago, they made it so that you can share your ThinkAlike posts to other social media. Meller and his team have proven to be incredibly welcoming toward new users. “We are delighted to have welcomed thousands and thousands of people into our community already. It is amazing to see people already saying ThinkAlike is their favorite app and we just hope they tell their friends so we can keep improving and updating the app.” Meller also added, “We have a feature coming up in a few weeks that I really think is going to blow people’s minds but I won’t talk about that yet in case I jinx it…” I. Am. So. Excited.

Thank you to Henry Meller and the ThinkAlike team for this marvelous new app! I’m not sure if I’ll ever be a productive member of society again. Seriously, ThinkAlike is the best. I guarantee you’ll fall in love with it just like I have.

ThinkAlike is only available for iPhone at the moment, and you can download it for free in the app store. So far it’s unanimously gotten 5 star ratings there!

For tips and info, here’s the official account: thinkalike
Henry Meller: henry
Yvonne Strahovski: yvonne
Sarah Lancaster: smlancaster
And if you want to give mine a look: k_valenzuela

Follow the ThinkAlike app’s official twitter page for more info!


    One Comment

  1. KenAugust 20th, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    Another Great article written by Karen. Thanks for letting others know about ThinAlike and how it works. I like the ease of it and enjoy how it lets you know what others think.

    Ken

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