The Heyku iPhone and iPod Touch app is a fun, fresh way to create and share poetry, witty thoughts, and observations. You are free of the strict parameters of a traditional haiku–17 syllables in three lines–and, instead, you create a heyku in three lines with up to five words in each line. Great interface, compelling graphics, excellent privacy tools, and an exciting guided writing feature make this a cool take on social networking or–with strict privacy parameters–an electronic diary.
The Heyku iPhone app opens with an awesome introduction. The cool
video vignette adds depth, dimension, and excitement, as you are
introduced to the features. You can create an account with email or
sign-in with Facebook. A Facebook authorization allows access to your
public profile, friend list, email address, and custom friends list.
You can authorize it to post on your behalf or not, as well as set the
default audience for authorized sharing. For every heyku you create,
you can decide to share or not to share with the Heyku iPhone app social
network, Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram. If you elect not to
share, then you can keep your heykus private.
The Heyku iPhone app has fantastic, intuitive interface. Your
profile photo is in the upper left corner and notifications are in the
upper right hand corner. When you touch your profile photo, you go
straight to your personal profile. It is similar to Pinterest, as it
contains a tally of your heykus, followers, and following. A feed of
your heykus is just below and can be explored with vertical swipes.
Just below your profile photo and notifications icon, you will find a
small menu bar to move between your profile, home, and explore feeds
with a swipe. The easy navigation is a nice touch. The home feed has
the heyku in a larger font, and it is framed by the creator’s profile
photo, likes, and comments. The heykus range from heartbreak to
sandwiches, so virtually any mood can be expressed.
In the middle at the top of the screen, you will find the icon to
compose your heyku. With a touch, the keyboard slides up on the screen
from the bottom, and your not-entirely-blank page remains in the top
part of the screen. The guided mode asks probing, yet simple questions
like where are you, how was your lunch, one positive thing that happened
today, and many more. You can enter up to five words, and a new
question or cue will appear. If you are uninspired by the prompts, then
you can press the refresh icon for a new one. You can touch the free
text icon in the upper portion of the keyboard to write without
questions and prompts. The prompts are simply removed, but a reminder
of words allowed remains.
The graphics of the Heyku iPhone app are striking. The origami swan
logo is elegant, yet whimsical. The comment icon is reminiscent of a
PacMan–adding another quirky touch. The explore feed has thumbnails of
heykus strewn across an editor’s desk.