Wednesday, May 28, 2014 the new social network on the block

Just like the mind boggling number of TV channels, there are enough social networks to choke anyone’s bandwidth. Depending on your personality, you can be as social or unsocial as you want.

When you want to be in a social bubble, there’s Facebook. Twitter’s there if you want to learn about new things from strangers. State’s akin to Twitter. It frees you of the 140 character limit though.

Still, there’s no need to be wordy. You can state your opinion in three words. As the world speeds up, that could be enough. The social network version of the elevator pitch.

User interface
State looks stylish. It visualizes trending topics, according to categories. That makes it easier for a category of our interest to jump out at you.

Ease of Accessibility

I signed up using Twitter, so I was quite happy I didn’t have to fill out a lengthy form.

The share your sign up to your social networks option could have been clearer though. I clicked yes, but it didn’t get shared on Facebook or Twitter. Another prompt saying Click on the network you want to share with would have made things clearer.

Ease of sharing and finding content
Although State, like Asimov’s Univac has an encyclopediac list of topics that come up as soon as you search for something you have in mind, creating a new topic isn’t so easy.

You have to go to the red State button at the top middle of the webpage. I didn’t even know it was clickable! From then on, it’s pretty easy.

Stating your opinion on existing topics is a breeze. Since you are likely to be normal, what’s on your mind is likely to be on the mind of others too.  So whether it’s the UK dropping To Kill a Mockingbird from its curriculum, or the classic Friends, you’re likely to find someone who has already voiced an opinion on the topic.


Trending Topics
These are category wise, so you can go straight to the category that interests you. Whether its Books, Tech, Sport,  you’re sure to learn something new.

Tuning In
You can tune in to categories you want to follow and also people. I picked the categories I was keen on, but I often found something of interest even in the categories I hadn’t picked. I though Technology would be well, technical, but it wasn’t. Instagram was a topic on the radar there, so I felt right at home.

Tuning in to people State suggested didn’t seem to work well for me. They weren’t my kind of people. One was into music, and I’m not too aware of what’s hot in that.

I did tune in to someone who commented on one of my opinions though. I was so happy someone had reached out! But again, the person didn’t seem like my kind of person, so I didn’t consciously click to see his opinions later.

Tuning in sounds miles better than following :)

Sentiment Range
Once you jump in with your take, if enough people have stated opinions on that topic, State will show you where you stand on the normal bell curve. Did most people think positively about feminism? What did the top opinion staters say? I came out normal on all my opinions.

Top Word Groups
When you state an opinion, popular words people have used to describe their opinion are suggested. Frankly, I found that distracting. It was too easy to just go with the flow and not think of the right word myself.

State Clip
You can drag State in your bookmarks, so that it’s there when you want to react to something online. The other day I was in the library and came across something that made me say to myself, “I must share my opinion on that on State.”


I guess State is becoming part of me. Twitter’s getting too full of chatter. State’s a good place to go for the thinking person to hang out online. Long may it last.

This review is a product review programme by and

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