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Phile

Social Groups Communication Platform


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Published 12/24/2010 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Phile gives users a better way to compile a data base of knowledge based on their interests. The user can form a community of individuals who are interested in the same things. The user names the page and chooses its topic. The user then builds their first stack. A stack is a collection of information on the same topic. A Phile page can contain multiple relevant stacks. Additional sections include a forum for user discussions and member pages. The user can update the information and add more details and entries as they go. The admin customization feature allows users to add more content to make the information relevant and helpful. Users can add maps and images or opinion items such as ratings, ranking, comments and reviews.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Phile was founded by Sho Kuwamoto and Mike Schiff. Kuwamoto brought 15 years of engineering and leadership experience which included time spent as an employee at Macromedia. Schiff was a former Director of Engineering at Ingenio which is now a part of AT&T Interactive. The expertise offered by both founders has helped create the diverse capabilities offered by Phile today. The site is still in beta, so additional updates may bring even more features to help users maintain their Phile pages.

What are the differences to other apps?

Phile gives users a better way to compile a customized collection of content based on a topic of interest. The user can bring together a community of others who are equally as interested and passionate about the same subject. Each can provide input and share information so the Phile page grows into a useful database of knowledge.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Phile website welcomes users with playful colors and a lot of possibilities. A new user is greeted by silhouettes of many unrelated items, from canines and pianos to apples and cameras. Although these items are not related, they can all be discussed on Phile. The user created Phile pages are well organized, making them a valuable asset later once enough information has been collected to make them a good reference resource.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can register for Phile by clicking on the orange “Try the beta” button along the right hand side of the homepage. The registration page is rather bland, consisting of a white background and black text. It still works effectively. Users can click on the blue Facebook button at the top of the page if they prefer to login using a Facebook account. Otherwise, the user can fill in the fields below the button, which ask for a username, email address and password. A check box at the bottom of the form must be checked to verify that the user has read and agrees to the site’s terms of use and privacy policy before submitting the form.

What does it cost to use the application?

Anyone can sign up for Phile and begin using all available features for free. There are no registration fees or subscription charges. It is important to note that the site is currently in its beta stage. There may be updates or future additions that could lead to a membership fee or premium paid account option. For now, there is no further information on whether that will happen. All users get the same access for free.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Anyone with a passion for a specific subject and a great deal of knowledge to share can appreciate Phile. The site makes it easy to compile resources and information from multiple users.

  • Build your own Phile page on a subject they find interesting
  • Divide information and resources into stacks on your Phile page
  • Share Phile pages with others so an entire community can share their knowledge
  • Add images and maps to Phile content entries
  • Connect to Phile through an existing Facebook account


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