LoveThis is a Startup founded and conceived by Alexis Dormandy who won the company 2 million dollars of Series A funding before they even launched their main product, an iPhone App for sharing recommendations with your friends. Pretty impressive!
The LoveThis iPhone App enables users to share product and venue recommendations with their friends. Even friends not using the app via Facebook and email.
I was contracted by LoveThis to build the majority of the iOS app and to consult on various aspects of the App Store marketplace, native Facebook integration, online/offline Core Data syncronisation and a whole lot more.
After a lot of hard work the LoveThis team finally launched version 1 of their iPhone App a couple of weeks ago and it already appears to be stacking up a lot of 5-star reviews.
The LoveThis app makes it very easily to quickly add and share recommendations and tightly integrates with Google Places API to automatically find relevant locations to your recommendation such as nearby restaurants and bars.
The app is nice and simple to use on the surface but behind the scenes it’s powered by a complex server application that connects multiple social network identities and activity and aggregates the data right into the app. So if a recommendation is shared on Facebook both Facebook comments, LoveThis user email comments and in-app comments are all brought together into a single activity stream within the iPhone App.
It’s early days for LoveThis but I think they have an exciting 2012 ahead and I wish the team the best of luck. I really enjoyed working with them all!