There’s been no shortage of recent commentary about the overwhelming size and growth of the
But is all this growth getting to be too much of a good thing? Back in the App Store’s stone age (ah, the summer of 2008), when there were far fewer apps, App Store recommendations and reviews gave consumers a way to choose the apps that best served their needs and cravings. But the latest count puts the number of apps over 100,000, so perhaps the time is ripe for a little more help.
Apptizr is a Website that asks you to create an account, provide basic information about yourself, and then walks you through a series of questions about your personal interests. The result of the algorithmic magic is a series of recommendations. You can give a thumbs up or down to apps you already own, or download new apps. You can also browse apps by category or keyword. Each app’s screen provides the information you also see in the App Store: a detailed description, ratings, and reviews. Presumably, the more Apptizr gets to know you, the more its recommendations will entice.
AppButler, on the other hand, is an
AppButler claims that its scoring algorithm allows you to identify hot apps before the whole world knows about them. Of course, if the scores are based on rankings, then you can assume that most of the apps are already pretty hot.
Apptizr is a free service currently in alpha release until Wednesday, December 9, after which it will graduate to public beta. Users can participate in the alpha by entering the invitation code “GoMacWorld” (no quotes); the offer is limited to the first 500 users, however.
AppButler is a free and available now at the App Store.