Bubble: Will This Be The Last App You Ever Download?

Years after people complaining about how restrictive the Like button is in terms of conveying emotion, Facebook has finally released more “reaction” capabilities. But what if you weren’t reliant on a big corporation to release functions that you, the user, really want? What if you could build your own online communities and apps the way you want them?

Bubble is the new app that’s making waves in the tech industry and disrupting the app market.

Bubble uses a building block interface, allowing people to customize messages and add behaviors to them. This means that although Bubble is its own application, it gives people control over their own content and social communities and allows them to create any app they want inside Bubble.

#1 — A list of all hashtags, all with their own different communities
#2 — The creation of a community. After naming one, the first post turns into the template for all other posts in the community (this template can be edited later if necessary)
#3 — How the list of posts looks like when the community is populated
#4 — A slightly different meme community with more behaviors added. There can be communities about the same subject, but they can appear very different based off of the behaviors the creators add to it.

Anyone can create a community. Once created, the owner can create their first post where they can drag and drop different behaviors and content onto a card. These behaviors and content can overlap, interact, or simply just be placed anywhere on the card. This means that you can create nearly any app you can think of, as long as you can figure out which behaviors to add. It creates a wild place of exploration, where apps can be created and launched very quickly, allowing users to quickly experiment with different behaviors to create novel app ideas.

How to build a community in Bubble (note: hosted by YouTube)
This is a modern day Hypercard, built for the revolution of the smartphone—the pocket rectangle. It’s ready to disrupt the app market and give power back to the every day user.
—Chris Novello, Professional Black Square

We dug through some of the communities in our local area on Bubble and here were some of the stand outs:

Buying/Selling

#buyingselling is one of the more productive examples of the app—anyone can build a buying and selling forum for their local community. Being tied to a certain geolocation, this particular community allows you to quickly connect with people in Providence so it’s easy for you to meet up. It shows the specific location, so they know if it’s possible to meet up with you, but also allows you This is something that could be easily replicated for your city, your school, or your workplace, giving you the power to very quickly create a thriving social community.

#buyingselling—buy and sell stuff in your community

Choose Your Own Adventure

Currently running simply using text fields, the owner of #chooseyourownadventure has expressed hopes of expanding his Bubble app to include different media, such as images. Using Bubble’s capabilities to link posts to each other, Nate Parrott has created an expansive universe to explore.

Excerpt from #chooseyourownadventure

Humans vs Zombies

An expansion of the popular Humans vs Zombies game that’s played on college campuses all over the nation, the Bubble app created by Johnson and Wales students introduce a more random element to the game. Using #zombiesofjwu, students can create timed posts linked to specific parts of campus to designate places as “safe spaces” or “danger zones” at different times of the day.

Left: #zombiesofjwu — see different parts of the campus that are safe zones or danger zones for the game, which adds a lot more randomness and excitement to the game, Right: #artordesign — vote on whether images are art or design

Design or Art

#designorart is a humorous community poking fun at the art and design world, made even more funny because of the proximity of the app to the Rhode Island School of Design. Users can vote on whether images are more relevant to art or design. The best part? Most photos are user added, meaning that most of them are of random snapshots from day-to-day life.

Click the Unicorn

A reflection of the weirdest parts of the internet, #clickitquicj (typo intended) is just a simple click-it-before-it-disappears game with a special unicorn twist. Ultimately pointless but ridiculously addicting, you can spend hours just attempting to click unicorns before they disappear from the screen.

Left: #clickitquicj — click the unicorn before it disappears, Right: #soundboards—create your own soundboards for people to play, like this Trump soundboard that uses sound clips from his speeches

Trump Soundboard

Very relevant to the current presidential election, you can now use or create new sound tracks to play based off of Donald Trump’s speeches. Clicking on the different tracks plays them, allowing you to overlay them and play them like a regular instrument. That is, if you want an instrument that sounds exactly like a pompous idiot.

Although this is a very specific use case, the entire community of #soundboards is full of semi-humorous user-created soundboards for any occasion.

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