The creators of the music discovery app Hitmaker have released a new iPhone app that taps Facebook to pack your iPhone with new apps. TechCrunch reports that Apptitude, from Noisetoys, joins app-discoverers Explor and Chomp to deliver recommendations based upon your friends’ posts and “likes” on Facebook.
It’s not just about peeking at your friends’ Facebook posts, either. Apptitude also incorporates Facebook Connect as a means of measuring what’s hot in Apple’s App Store. Creator Shalin Mantri told TechCrunch that he hopes to eventually use data to create a better way of finding relevant apps. In v.1.1—expected sometime this week—he plans a Facebook-fueled recommendations list based on the apps that are trending in your social graph.
The premise of the Apptitude is simple: to see what apps your friends are using, find out what apps are most popular amongst your inner circle, and to share you personal favorites.
After you open Apptitude and log onto Facebook, there’s a scroll bar of your Facebook friends ranked by the quantity of apps they’re using. Clicking on profiles lets you swipe through apps. From here, you can view stats, including how many of your friends use a particular app and how many of them have “liked” it. If you see something you like, there’s an option to get it from the app through a “Download Now” button. You can declare your favorite apps through the “Share” button.
Apptitude is available now for free in the App Store for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch running OS 3.0 or higher.