Moovz: We are connected
A new app has emerged in the online LGBT world. Sort of a hybrid between Twitter, Facebook and Grindr; Moovz promises to connect the LGBT community near and far by making it easier to chin wag about all the colourful aspects of our world.
After registering, you set up a home page as you would any other social media website complete with bio, profile photo and stats such as age and location. Finding your friends is made easy by the nifty search button, so you can connect with your people straight away.
Placed next to your home page, the ‘Discover’ tab lets you do just that. Scroll through status updates and images which Moovz thinks might interest you, based on your posts and posts you’ve liked in the past. In the same way you would on Facebook, you can post a comment on photos posted by others, or give them a cheeky like.
The ‘Moments’ stream is packed full of videos categorised by hashtags discussing topics such as coming out, RuPaul’s Drag Race, gender pride and plenty more. Moments are uploaded frequently by LGBT organisations as well as YouTube stars such as DaveyWavey, and even the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race themselves. After watching a Moment’s video, you can start using the hashtag to be part of the conversation.
Allowing you to connect with people in your area, the ‘User List’ displays those closest to you, as well as suggestions based on your interests and a handy filter feature. For example if you’re looking for some trans friends that live in your area, just change the filter settings to connect with them and start chatting.
With all of your messages from those you follow and whom follow you, the ‘Chat’ tab keeps your direct messages tidy and easy to read. Just like a text message, each direct message is dated and you can even send a selfie or two.
Keeping track of what’s going on in your world, the ‘Notifications’ tab lets you know when someone has started following you or if someone has liked or commented on something you’ve posted.
Moovz hopes to connect us all, whether we want to meet people based on similar interests, sexuality, gender orientation or location. Taking the best bits from Facebook, Twitter and Grindr, they’ve created something intuitive and easy to use. Some pretty amazing people in the LGBT community such as trans human rights campaigner and model, Geena Rocero, are shouting about how this could be a revelation in helping us connect with each other and discuss the issues that matter most.
This app is definitely the first of its kind, but also a natural progression in becoming more social through technology to achieve unity. In a small community, such as those in the Channel Islands; I believe Moovz will help people whom feel alone in the world to tackle those feelings of solidarity and loneliness.
I’m on Moovz. My screen name is Brad Cohen, and I hope you’ll follow me so we can start chatting about what we’d like to change on our islands, or what we think is going well. Always happy to speculate on the latest twist in Game of Thrones, too!
Hopefully we’ll soon all be connected.
Any day now.
Moovz is available to download free on iTunes and Google Play.