article was written by Kristen Stine.
a new kid on the social-networking block, created by tech guru Kevin Rose's new
venture, Milk. The new app goes by the animal-friendly name "Oink," and
its mission is to help people rate and rank all the products and places around
is powered by the already familiar foursquare,
which lets you check into your favorite art gallery or food establishment. But Oink
asks you to tell people how great (or not) the things in those places are. As far as I can tell, this app was made for vegans.
you want proof? Well, when you show up at your favorite store, you can "love"
its great line of vegan
boots, or while walking by the movie theater, you can show your displeasure
over the movie We
Bought a Zoo. You can also give a mini-review detailing how animals are
treated in movies, on TV, and in ads (and then post it to your Facebook, Twitter, and foursquare accounts). Then when
people check in after you've left your review, they'll see that the top-ranked
item at each location is (obviously) vegan.
the benefit to you (as if helping animals weren't enough)? Since you get to add
tags to all the items you rate (there are 538 vegan tags so far), you'll have a
handy reference of the best animal-friendly dishes, clothes, artists,
and more—wherever your travels may take you! Even better, the
more items you rank under one tag, the more "cred" your reviews
carry. For example, if you've ranked 25 soy
lattes, your review carries a lot more weight than someone who has had only
one. You know what that means? You actually get some recognition for being a "level
10" vegan! And I've saved the best for last: You get to add photos to your
ratings (complete with effects). Finally something to do with the 231 pictures
of vegan delights in your photo stream!
with Oink, we get a vegan database, respect for our knowledge of vegan fare, the
chance to show off our food photography skills, and the opportunity to spread the word about helping animals? Oh,
yeah, we are all over this one! Let's get oinking,
and see if we can get Kevin to consider a more animal-friendly moniker for his
company. Rice Milk has a nice ring, doesn't it?
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