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Published 04/04/2010 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Lunch has nothing to do with food, except as a personal passion among its users. The concept behind Lunch focuses on understanding and learning about other people. The application’s goal is to bring communities closer by helping people find common ground through interests, beliefs and preferences. Users create profiles and share things about themselves, allowing them to connect with people they might never have otherwise. Lunch helps peel away preconceived notions to provide a more tolerant environment for bonds to thrive. screenshot
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What is the history and popularity of the app?

The entire foundation of Lunch was built on making people more understanding and tolerant of those they deem “different.” With that in mind, the application provides a number of ways for users to open up and communicate in order to break barriers. The site was also created as a way to get more people thinking about the world and those in it. Today, users can make an account and start developing relationships through common interests and healthy conversation.

What are the differences to other apps?

Lunch stands out because of its greater purpose mission. The creators designed the site as a way to help people get in touch and stop acting on prejudices and assumptions. While many other applications focus on serving a purpose for individuals, Lunch does this while also serving a positive purpose for entire communities. Rather than focus on the little things, Lunch offers users a place to speak openly and responsibly to create new ideas and further learning about a vast number of topics and issues.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

A bright spring green navigation bar and professional logo make Lunch very visually appealing. The website takes elements of many popular social networking websites and incorporates them into a unique layout. Featured communities and weekly contributors are showcased on the homepage, as well as a list of popular over arching topic categories. The clean appearance makes it easy for users to jump right in and get involved.

How does the registration process work?

When registering for Lunch, new users must enter a member name, email address, password and their date of birth. After checking the terms of service agreement box, click “sign up” then head to your email. Lunch requires email verification for initial account access. After verification, users can log in and begin updating their profile, post reviews and access other application features.

What does it cost to use the application?

Lunch operates much like other social networking websites, and does not charge users a fee. Account creation and access comes at no cost as well as use of all features. Despite this, advertisements on the website are nonexistent. This helps maintain the application’s initial intent and provides an unbiased setting to connect with others.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Although you do not have to be an activist to appreciate what Lunch has done for the online world, those who have strong beliefs may found this an ideal environment to share and discuss ideas. Those seeking information can also come here and tap into the user base to educate themselves on a wide range of topics. Lunch also offers a new way to kill time in a healthy, mature manner.

  • The similarity network feature, which provides an easy way to learn which users share the most similarities
  • A following feature that helps users stay up to date on people and topics as well as entire user communities
  • An easy to find write a review feature that allows users to quickly pen a review about a topic they discovered on the internet
  • Profile features that presents the user’s reviews, quick tips, and favorites lists as well as any personal details and photos they wish to share publically
  • Quick community creation which includes a customized URL from the Lunch website
  • Featured lists created by users that can be commented on and rated from the Lunch homepage
  • Recent activity and hot topic sidebars that cover the entire Lunch community video

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