It’s a free iOS app that lets you get unbiased help making tough decisions, as well as lighthearted ones too. And it’s all anonymous. It’s also strikingly similar to the stagnant Jelly, created by Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.
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Getting started is easy, just sign up with Facebook or your email and ask your first question. All you have to do is decide what you want help with, add multiple answer options, choose an accompanying photo and voilà.
Now, if you’re a little shy to begin with (as I was), there are thousands of questions from other users to look through and give your perspective on. You can scroll randomly through all questions or you can filter by the most popular ones or questions from people nearby.
When you give an answer, it shows you what the person who asked the question gave as their preferred response and stats on other people’s choices as well. You can analyze the data to see how many people answered similarly to you, using filters for age, gender and geography.
Another great advantage is that as well as being free to download, there are no advertisements on the app either… so far.
Admittedly, when I first heard about Flotsm, I was skeptical that it was little more than Ask.FM for adults. However, it has surprised me; there are some silly questions (who needs help deciding to eat ice cream?), but the majority are genuine.
From food to travel, dating and exercise, there are queries about everything and anything; and it’s a great app to browse through if you’re the type of person who is good at giving advice.
While Jelly has seemingly flopped, Flotsm faces an uphill battle to do what Stone’s app never could.