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Infloox

Personalized Book Recommendation Service


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Published 05/01/2011 and rated Ratingstars2 2 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Infloox allows users to discover more about their favorite famous people, books and more. The site focuses on influences. Users can see the favorite titles of famous people and they can see how that person’s works influenced other notable individuals. For example, if a user likes Agatha Christie, they can see which authors and books were her favorites. They can also see which people were inspired by her books and which among them were the most famous. The site also shares insight into why the famous person liked the book. Infloox has turned into a new kind of encyclopedia. The site also boasts the first artificial generator of aggregated statistics based on the popularity of any literary work.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Infloox is an independent company that is based out of Toronto, Canada. The company owns both Infloox and Outfloox. The current team includes founder and CEO Raiko Mancini and CTO Pierre Thibaudeau. Prior to Infloox, Mancini was a Harvard and Oxford graduate as well as a published Italian author. Thibaudeau was a University of Montreal graduate.

What are the differences to other apps?

The concept behind Infloox is unique. The website provides users with a new way to learn about books and famous individuals. The site draws a line between both, linking up notable names with the works that influenced them. There is a great deal that could be learned here and the website seems to cover a huge variety of names. Users can search for Charles Dickens, Jim Morrison or Homer’s Odyssey and get equally intriguing results.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Infloox website has a very low key design that uses some vibrant colors, including green, orange and blue. A playful dark furred monkey is seen sitting in the upper, left hand corner of the page with his back turned to the viewer. Gliding over him with the mouse will convince him to turn around while the small search bar rests just below him. Users can also find a few suggested search terms along the right hand side with a couple text ads just above. These are kept small and do not take away from the overall experience of Infloox.

How does the registration process work?

A new visitor can search Infloox without an account. The website does offer a log in option. To create an account, the user can click the small “register” link in the upper, right hand corner of the website. The blue registration form asks for a username, email address and password. A full name, time zone, date format and contact permissions area is also available but is optional. The user must correctly type the code provided at the bottom of the form to prove that they are human before completing registration. After submitting their information, the user is advised that an email has been sent and must be accessed to finalize registration.

What does it cost to use the application?

Infloox offers an engaging service that many people can enjoy. The site does not yet contain enough content or features to justify a subscription fee. Anyone can check out Infloox for free. There are no fees or costs for visiting the site or creating an account. Users do not have to log in to search, either.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Infloox offers users a new way to learn about literary works and famous people. The focus on inspiration and influence gives Infloox a unique appeal. Users can check out Infloox for both entertainment and research purposes. Wikipedia is a better source of information.

  • Search for people and their works
  • See who was influenced by which authors or titles
  • Check out suggested keywords
  • Add or change data on Infloox
  • Read the official Infloox blog


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