Your iPhone is a connected device. Unless you turn it off completely or are on an airplane, you are connected to your friends, family, and colleagues 24- hours a day through messaging, video chat, e-mail, and apps. It's a powerful tool. So apps like Pachelo have immediate promise when they arrive on the App Store. Pachelo, in particular, has all the markings of a successful social app, though it is still in its early stages, lacking the critical mass that makes such an app fun to use. Looking beyond its small user population, though, how does Pachelo perform?
The app is simple in style and execution. Set up like a newsreader, it consists of stories created by other users highlighting key issues, opinions, and thoughts of the day. There are then polls or questions attached to each story that other users can answer. You can either comment on a story directly or respond to the poll/question, providing your insight on a hot topic of the day. Issues ranged from fun topics like snowboarding to heavy issues like gun control in the wake of recent school shootings. The interface is intuitive and easy to use, the functions provided make it quick and simple to create your own stories, and voting is addictive. The major issue, of course, is the lack of users currently creating stories and voting on them.
Should Pachelo's user base increase and become more vibrant and engaged with the content being shared by other users, it stands to become a successful app on the App Store. It is well crafted, easy to use, and with the exception of a handful of bugs related to accessing your past ratings, runs smoothly. If you enjoy sharing opinions and discussing current events, check out Pachelo.