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Tribalfish

Topic Based Online Discussions
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Published 01/05/2012 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
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What can you use the app for?

Tribalfish offers up a simple way to start and participate in meaningful, in depth discussions on any topic. Businesses can use the application to talk to clients beyond a simple Facebook wall post, email or Twitter Tweet. Users can view interests and groups to see which discussions may be of interest to them. The user can join a current discussion or begin a new discussion. Users are also given the ability to create a new group which can be listed as available to anyone, limited or restricted. A limited group allows visitors to respond but administrators decide who can make posts. A restricted group does not permit anyone not given permission to post or respond. A follow system is also built in so users can follow topics or other users.

What is the history and popularity of the app?

Tribalfish.com was founded in February of 2011 by Lyle Ball, Brett Haskins and Chris Crabtree. The application was intended to provide users with an easy way to participate in meaningful discussions that go further than most social network conversations usually do. The application has not received much attention as of yet. It is important to note that Tribalfish is still in beta, so it is possible that the application could become more attractive to users as it nears official launch.

The cloud based service was shut down. Tribalfish is now being offered on a license basis.

What are the differences to other apps?

Many websites and networks offer users a group option that is similar to Tribalfish. The main difference between those sites and Tribalfish is that there is usually a focus in more areas. Tribalfish does nothing but in depth conversations. The user can search for interests or browse existing groups to see where they might want to jump in and start conversing. Tribalfish doesn’t offer anything new or exciting, so users who are already fans of other group-focused applications will be a hard sell for this one.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Tribalfish blends a strange combination of professionalism and playful fun in a way that really works. The site’s dark background and black header give the user the feeling of floating along in the depths of the ocean. Comical fish icons are found throughout, with one large eye while the logo maintains a hint of fun. The application is easy to master, so the user only has to focus on deciding which topics they would like to talk about when using Tribalfish.

How does the registration process work?

New users can join the Tribalfish community by clicking the black “Ready to Dive In?” button found along the left hand side of the homepage. A pop up box appears with the account creation form in the right column. The form asks the user to supply a full name, username, email address and password. Two buttons are also present at the top of the left column for users who prefer to sign in with a Twitter or Facebook account. After successfully submitting the form, the user is automatically logged in to their Tribalfish account.

What does it cost to use the application?

All visitors can create a Tribalfish account for free. The application is currently in a beta status, so it is possible that a subscription or premium features may be added at a later date. For now, all users are given access to all current features for nothing. Users can join and create groups and follow one another as often as they like. The site also mentions plans to add external blog linking that allows the user to add their blog feed to their Tribalfish account.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Tribalfish is a helpful tool for two groups of people: those who like to participate in online discussion and professionals who need an easy way to talk to clients. The application allows the user to create a group based on any topic that can be available to the public or limited to a select group of others. The application is easy to learn and maintains a pleasant atmosphere to help immerse the user in their favorite topics.

  • Users can register and sign in with a Facebook or Twitter account
  • Existing groups and interests allow users to search for current discussions
  • New groups and discussions can be started by users
  • Privacy settings allow the user to make their group public or restricted
  • Users can follow topics as well as other users on Tribalfish


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