In case you were wondering, yes the title of this review has an intentional pun in it. I have another reason that I used that word aside from the opportunity to be punny. That reason is that I feel amusing is the a word that accurately sums up this app. I’ll tell you why.
The whole concept behind TextMuse is to have a repository of interesting items, that you can send to your friends via text. The whole value of this app will come down to whether you’re a big texter or not.
When you first open the app, you are presented with a very basic tutorial of sorts. It doesn’t really tell you much, but the app is very intuitive and most people will be able to figure it out, even with the tutorial. This is one of my favorite features of the app.
From there the app breaks down the items that you can share into categories.
- I Can Has Animals
- Inspiring Quotes
- Birthdays and Occasions
- Recipes of the Day
- Daily Deals
- Friendship and Love
- Everyday Texts
- News of the Weird
- Fact of the Day
- Science and Education
- Fitness and Health
- My Texts
By default, all categories are shown, but in the settings of the app, you can uncheck the categories that you don’t want. The My Texts category allows you to create your own texting templates.
From there you are pretty much ready to start using TextMuse. Select something to share and blast it out to your friends that you want to share it with.
Aside from downloading this from the app store, the only setup, that isn’t even required, is to deselect categories that you are uninterested in. The app will take care of everything else.
Who will enjoy TextMuse?
This is a loaded question. Personally I wouldn’t use the app because I’m not a big texter. I know plenty of people who are and who would love this app. For me to use it, they would need to integrate other sharing options. This is one of the only opportunities for improvement that I see. If I could share some of the quotes or funny pictures on Facebook, I would use the app.
The only other opportunity for improvement that I see is that when you want to send a funny cat picture to your friend. It does not actually include the picture in the text. Instead, it sends a link to the picture. I can only conclude that SMS is the only messaging protocol that it supports. MMS doesn’t seem to be supported at this time. In their promo video, it shows the pictures in the texts, but perhaps this is an iOS only feature as they are all using iPhones in the video.
What we liked
- Simple and intuitive design
- Easy to send SMS blasts out to all your friends
- Ability to customize content
What could be better
- Other sharing options besides SMS
- MMS picture attachments
If you enjoy sharing things through SMS, then this is the app for you. You may get some aMusement though just from looking through the articles, regardless of whether you are going to text it to someone or not.
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