Sometimes you begin to play with a new application, and you are immediately hooked. Before you are even sure exactly what the service is, or what it does, or what it will do, you know: this is something exciting.
Pip.io is such a startup and product. It bills itself as a social OS, taglined as “What Wave Should Have Been.” Quite large claims for itself, if I may.
But it delivers. If you follow me on Twitter you will know that I have been giving out some invites trying to get some friends into the service to play with. I did, and have been having a bang up time.
Pip.io is part chat application, part location service, part Twitter and Facebook app, and part platform. It is hard to encapsulate. Here, this screenshot will help:
As you can see, the application is run from the menu on the right, with endless AJAX love oozed onto windows that you can move about, to social away with your friends.
The home area, which is pictured above, is the aggregate of your experience, bringing in all streams that you have, where they be commented on in a simple fashion. This feels something like Cliqset, although it feels quite different.
The application is a very powerful social experience, but it is very, very new. Sadly, it means that (a bit like Wave) not everyone has gotten in yet.
But, we have invites for everyone! Go register and use the code thenextweb. If you need someone to talk to, feel free to add me.
Pip.io is launching a number of new things with the forthcoming 1.0 launch, but for now the beta is as betas are: not finished, but you can see the potential.
Rarely have I been as intrigued and excited about an application, as I am with Pip.io. Head in, take a look, and tell me what you think.We will be covering Pip.io more in the coming months.