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Is anyone else loving the new Facebook memories that pop up on your timeline every so often these days? Okay, I admit it, sometimes I’m cringing instead of laughing. Still, it’s always fun to look back over your shoulder.

But what about looking forward and squinting at what’s ahead? That’s definitely my jam too.

Enter Flypside, a future-based Facebook meets friendship-based Tinder mashup that features a forward-facing timeline and the ability to connect with the right people and find cool stuff to do.

Features

When users create a Flyp, they tell other users about where they are going and when — and they also create a Flyp message that describes what they want to do when they get there.

The main timeline of Flypside is divided into three categories — the upcoming Flyps of those you’ve connected with in the app, the featured Flyps of users around the world, and your own personal timeline of soon-to-be-amazing-memory Flyps. For each of those personal Flyps, you can check out either “What’s On” to learn about concerts, parties, and other events happening in your destination on those dates, or “Find Others” to see the Flyps of other users who will be in the same place at the same time as you!

Flypside also uses hashtags to connect key groups of people. Heading to a conference? Add the hastag to your Flyp to find other attendees. En route to a specific hostel? Add the hashtag to meet your dorm mates before check in. Hoping a fellow graduate from your alma matter or a fellow Greek-lifer from your sorority or fraternity family might be in Europe around the same time? Add the hashtag and send your alumni association a snap when you meet. Looking for a dive buddy on a solo sojourn? Add the hashtag and meet someone to blow bubbles with. (As someone who has trolled Tinder in the past swiping right on anyone with an underwater photo in their profile simply to try to meet a dive boat minimum, I’m a big fan of this feature.)

Other features of the app include a messaging service to reach out to other users and a s page to keep track of those you’ve connected with.

Flyp App Review

Flyp App Review

Design

Flypside has a easily navigable interface and a beautifully visual timeline.

I played around with creating Flyps for a family a vacation I’m planning on taking to Chicago in August, a conference I’m planning on attending in Las Vegas in November, one for my current location in Rio de Janiero, and a few others for potential summer trips coming up. I liked getting to choose my own destination image — it’s the little things, right? — and loved scrolling through a visual highlight reel of all the fun to come in my near future!

Flyp App Review

Flyp App Review

Price

Flypside is free — and in the future, offers for travel deals could save you cash. For example, coming up, if you tagged that you’re interested in #diving in the Flyp of an upcoming trip, you might scroll through your Featured Flyps timeline and see an promotion from a dive operator offering you 15% off tours, or an offer from a local diver who’s out of the water all week for you to borrow or rent their own equipment on the cheap.

Room for Improvement

Most apps that I review here on Meihoukai in Wanderland are fairly new to the market, and thus my one complaint is a fairly common one — the user base is still growing, and so some functions are really only going to shine once it hits a critical mass. That said, within a day of throwing up my Rio flyp, I received two messages offering me friendly advice — one from an expat currently residing in the city, and one from a local now living abroad in Milan. Not bad for a new app, eh?

Flyp App Review

Flyp App Review

Conclusion

I see so much potential for Flypside. It’s a great tool for connecting far-flung traveling members of organizations like fraternities, sororities, and colleges, and very cool for connecting like-minded people at what can be overwhelmingly large conferences, festivals, and events. It’s also got a lot of exciting uses for solo travelers who are passionate about things like adventure sports that are often best with a buddy.

I especially love the application of using Flypside to connect hostel guests and tour group members ahead of time, who might be able to share transportation or just get to say hi. I remember my Contiki group made a Facebook group after we parted ways, but it would have been fun to connect — and meet up, since many of us were bopping around Europe ahead of time — before.

But my favorite aspect of all? As a daydreamer at heart, I can’t get over the fun of scrolling through your Flyps and marveling at the colorful timeline of all your future adventures.

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Download Flypside on your Android and on your iPhone. I was compensated for my time in reviewing this app.
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16 Comments...
  • Vivek @ LifeAfterFI
    May 13 2016

    It feels good to be the first one to comment šŸ™‚

    This app could have been much more powerful if it was build on ! I don’t know about others but these days I am so fed up with so many new social media apps hitting the market that I don’t have any zeal left to try new one šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      May 18 2016

      I know how you feel but I keep seeing studies that say younger people are using Facebook less and less! That scares me to hear because personally I love Facebook so I hope everyone sticks around, but I’m definitely open to exploring new social networks as well!

  • Cate
    May 13 2016

    This app looks super fun and like a great way to meet people on the road!

    • Meihoukai
      May 18 2016

      Let me know what you think if you sign up, Cate!

  • Dominique
    May 13 2016

    Ha I usually get on the bandwagon quite late when it comes to apps and social media. My guess is I’ll wait for a year until I’m intrigued to get it šŸ™‚
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    • Meihoukai
      May 18 2016

      I can be a bit of a late adopter too — that’s why I love doing these app reviews so I stay a bit ahead of the curve šŸ˜‰

  • Cate
    May 17 2016

    Wow this looks really interesting! And a great way to meet friends on the road!

    • Meihoukai
      May 20 2016

      Let me know how it goes if you sign up, Cate!

  • Vanessa French
    May 17 2016

    Great review Meihoukai. Can see lots of potential for me as I’m volunteering for a year in Guatemala and will need to do some visa-border runs – I’ll give it a go anyway šŸ™‚

    • Meihoukai
      May 20 2016

      I’m a veteran of the visa run game šŸ™‚ This could definitely make it a bit more fun!

  • Ruth
    May 18 2016

    What a weird app. I’ll have to give it a try!

  • Marni
    May 23 2016

    This actually seems like a very beneficial app. I’m not sure how much I’ll use it, but I’ll definitely check it out. It might even come in handy for my upcoming trip to the UK!
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    • Meihoukai
      May 24 2016

      I’d love to hear how it goes if you do, Marni!

  • KOcchipinti
    May 30 2016

    So my two children are both on Instagram and yes, it seems that Facebook is just for those older than college. The young ones are already off Facebook and love trying new things. So I bet this new AP takes off with the 20 somethings. I’d love to try it… but I’m old enough I’ll need compensation! Do they need more beta users? or reviewers.

    • Meihoukai
      May 30 2016

      I’m not sure they are looking for any more reviews at the moment — just users! Give it a try, you might have fun šŸ™‚