Pretty peachy: all about the Peach app
“Are you on 🍑?” Were the words I woke up to today. I wasn’t, but that was soon rectified. I searched the App Store with the peach symbol before realising that wasn’t going to work and typed “peach”. I had no idea what the app was about, I just downloaded. I ASSumed it had something to do with emojis — the peach emoji being particularly notorious (who knows why? 😉). And I was right — emojis play a big part of the design, but it’s also so much more.
What is Peach?
Peach is a brand new social-networking app. Made by Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann, it’s described as “a fun, simple way to keep up with friends and be yourself”. It came out in the US on Friday the 8th of January — much to the joy of those ending their work week. Although it’s been promoted for friends, I imagine it will also be used for professional networking — like as an extension of Twitter. Some brands have already jumped on board as well. Many people are openly sharing their usernames online.
Peach is a fun and simple way to keep up with friends and be yourself.
Before you continue reading, if you haven’t already, I recommend you go and download the app on iOS or Android! The features are best discovered by experiencing them yourself! They have a great onboarding experience and it’s really easy to understand straight away.
You have your own profile on Peach. At the bottom, you can ‘write something’. You can activate ‘magic words’ (see next section). There’s also a camera icon (📷) you can tap which allows you to add photos from your camera roll or take a new one — you can even create short looping videos (called a looping photo for one image and a looping photobooth for 4).
This is one of the unique features of Peach. You begin typing one of the magic words and the app intelligently gives you fun things to add to your space. For example, type ‘gif’ and you can search for a GIF to post. Type ‘here’ to add your location. Type ‘draw’ to draw something. A list of supported magic words can be found here, with Peach promising to add more over time! This is one of the really fun things to play with in the app.
Magic word — draw
Using the magic word ‘draw’ in the app produces a canvas to draw with your finger. You don’t have any customisation options like colour or thickness of the stroke, although you can undo. You can only draw in a thin black stroke. I think this is a good restriction to make it quicker and less cluttered. I think the style of drawing will also become recognisable as ‘oh, that’s a Peach drawing’. I’ve seen a few drawings on the app so far, and it’s a chance for budding Peach artists to really shine.
Magic Word — shout
I really enjoy the ‘shout’ Magic Word. You can say something in big letters (and of course, you can include emojis also). You can choose a colourful saturated background (or just black or white), change your text size by pinching, make text italics by tapping and hold down to add an image to the background. I really like the style of these images and the text is automatically centred so you don’t have to worry about having equal spacing around it — which I like. The text is also nice and bold and stands out. When posted elsewhere, these ‘shouts’ will end up being recognisable as ‘oh, that’s a Peach shout’. See some I created below.
Update: As of the 1.08 update, you can now create animated shouts. Adding images to the background can be done via the picture icon (🖼).
There is a little heart (💟) in the top right of your profile you can tap to view your activity which includes comments, likes, mentions, and what I’ll call actions (like when someone waves at you — see more below).
Update: As of the 1.08 update, you can now accept friend requests under a new tab under Activity.
When you scroll to the bottom of someone’s profile you can do an action such as wave to them. You can also do this as a reply from your Activity. It’s kind of similar to a Facebook poke, only updated for today to include more actions. The full list of things you can currently do include:
😘 Blow a kiss
💍 Put a ring on
You will have to use your imagination for what they all mean. I can tell you though, it’s not nice being hissed at. 😢 However, I’ve received a marriage proposal (when someone put a ring on me), quite a bit of cake and some kisses, so it’s all good. LOL! I think a wink would be another great addition, but limiting the choices is probably a good move. Otherwise, we’d have too many emoji contenders!
Update: as of the 1.0.13 update there are now new actions interchanged each day with the originals.
But can you KIMOJI?
I was curious to whether you could add KIMOJIs to the app, especially the peaches and cream one (who wasn’t reminded of that when they downloaded this app). Apparently you can, although as they stretch to the full size of the screen — they don’t look too good.
What’s it been compared to?
Peach has been compared to plenty of other apps from Path to Slack to Twitter to Snapchat to Ello to Yo to Draw Something.
Along with the app is a new verb: peach! Similar to ‘tweet’ on Twitter, we can ‘peach’ each other on Peach. The plural of peach would be peaches. We also have the other tenses peaching and peached. People on Peach are called peaches (not peachers as some have assumed — I’m looking to the official Peach Twitter account for reference).
Some other words you will get used to include: waved, caked, 100'd, booped, quarantined and hissed.
Who’s already on?
As Matthew Hussey identified in his article on Peach, “It definitely seems to have piqued the interests of the tech press”. People in the tech circle generally jump on these things pretty early to suss them out. I saw it was pretty popular with the Apple community that I follow on Twitter.
Update: I have removed the short list of users I previously mentioned, as they are no longer active or I can no longer verify them as posting as themselves.
We also have a whole lot of celebrities on the app — whether fake or real. I’m following Taye Diggs (tayediggs) —and regardless of whether this is really him or not, it’s a genuinely funny account (the real Taye Diggs follows me on Twitter so is it too much to believe he could follow me on Peach?). I also promised I’d give a shoutout to Ne-Yo on the app (neyo).
It’s so 2 PM
People like to complain about quitting social media or getting over it really fast. Here’s a selection of some satirical posts, plus some other funnies for ya. Keep it mind, it’s only been out for 1 day at the time of publication.
Why is this app a winner? Because it’s fun.
What sets this app apart from other social networks that pop up and try to gain our attention? Why has this app gone viral so fast? I’d agree with Mat when he says it’s because it’s fun. And he’s not the only one. I’ve seen that word used in more tweets and reviews on the App Store such as: “Fun and simple sharing with your real friends” and “Soooo easy and FUN”.
I love this app. I think it’s really addictive and fun! I already have heaps of friends on the app. I love all the things it can do and this is just the debut! I’ve gotten heaps of engagement there. I’m glad to be an early adopter. I don’t see this just going away. I think it has everything it needs to stick around and become a favourite in many people’s eyes 👀.
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Update January 13, 2016
This article originally included a section on feature requests which has now been moved to its own article.
Lots of great articles have popped up on Peach. If you feel like doing some more reading check these out.
- Peach: WTF is this app everyone’s talking about? by Karissa Bell
- Here are all the cool things you can do with Peach’s ‘Magic Words’ by Christina Warren.
- New Peach app is blowing up by Katie Notopoulos.
- New social network Peach is being taken over by people using fake celebrity names by Matthew Hussey.
- Peach.cool is Friday’s hottest social network by Casey Newton.