Have you ever awoken from a night of partying, with a massive hangover, and a confused look, attempting to remember what happened? Well, if you've experienced this roller coaster ride, you probably know you're, sadly, destined to forget the prior night's shenanigans. This realization is often compounded when assessing your social media damage, only to be made worse by finding a random number in your phone; for the foreseeable future, you sit and wonder, “what was her name, again?” Luckily, a new app called Humin, will keep you from wasting away by eliminating this problem with its contacts application.
Humin allows you to “never forget how you met." By connecting to your Facebook (FB) account, Humin extracts information from the social media platform and installs it within the app. When you add a phone number to Humin, the app will show the person's name, where and when you met, your mutual friends, and where they work. Since the application connects to social media, it will also show you the picture connected to your mystery number (which can also be a major downer, depending on your night).
Humin also allows users to search its platform via key terms, so as to help find your mystery contact. For instance, the user can type “lives in (enter city here),” or “met this week,” to help him remember characteristics of new people. Humin aggregates this information once someone's phone number is added to the application; this keeps users happy, as they don’t need to manually enter data into the Humin.
Although Humin is a simple contact reminder, the developer's main goal is to eventually overtake the native iPhone contacts app. Its “Favorites” feature enables an easy access grid-like design of your most contacted friends. Then, by utilizing Tinder's design features, users can swipe left or right, on a contact, to call them.
Lastly, by using locational algorithms, Humin can show you the locations of your contacts. So, if you are looking for a friend, you can always see who is closest to you (which some people might find creepy, especially if you wake up regretting entering your number into a stranger's phone).
In essence, Humin is an upgrade from Apple's (AAPL) standard “Contacts” app. The main concern, regarding Humin, relates to privacy. For Humin to be effective, it must know a lot about you (via Facebook and other social media platforms). Understandably, some users might be hesitant to share information with people they don't know. On the other hand, iPhone owners might overlook this dilemma so as to upgrade one of their most used mobile applications.