Chat about the world’s weather with Wezzoo
Wezzoo markets itself as “weather by you” and is, at heart, a crowdsourced weather app allowing its users to track the weather in their local area (and elsewhere in the world), share images of said conditions and then discuss their observations with other users. It also incorporates data from local tracking stations as well as user-submitted information, so even users without any friends using Wezzoo in the area can get something out of it.
Using Wezzoo is a simple matter, as the app follows a fairly standard mobile-social network app model. Tapping a large button in the center of the toolbar at the bottom of the screen allows the user to submit the weather details for their area. This will use the device’s location services to (attempt to) pinpoint where they are, though if on a Wi-Fi network and/or indoors, this can be inaccurate by up to a mile or two — the app put me on the opposite side of the river in my home town of Southampton, U.K. to where I am actually located, and I do not live anywhere near the river.
The user may then submit weather information using one of a number of simple descriptors ranging from “hot” to “storm” and covering various degrees of rain, snow and fog in between. Optionally, the user may also add the local temperature if they know it along with any additional manual comments they would like to make. It’s also possible to attach an image to the weather report. Facebook and Twitter buttons theoretically allow the observations to be shared on the respective social networks, but when tested neither of these options worked at all. The Facebook button simply brought up an alert box saying that Facebook sharing was “currently disabled,” while Twitter connectivity simply did nothing whatsoever.
Besides reporting the weather themselves, users may also look at information from local weather stations and other users. Weather reports are marked on a map with colored dots reflecting the type of report, and these may be tapped on to find further information and/or view an image if there is one. If the report was made by a user rather than automatically by a weather station, the user’s profile picture will appear to allow easy identification of user submissions. All observations, regardless of whether they were submitted by human or weather station, may be commented on or “liked” — quite why the latter functionality is there is anyone’s guess, as it seems rather redundant, but it appears to be an assumed requirement for new social apps.
Users may navigate the map manually by scrolling around with their finger, zooming to their location with the tap of a button, or by using bookmarked locations. The latter are created by scrolling or searching to a specific place, then tapping a “star” button on the toolbar to add it to their list of favorite places.
The app also features an activity feed that initially appears to be randomly populated with weather reports from disparate locations from around the world, but the app does allow users to “follow” each other and see new submissions in this feed, making it somewhat more practical.
The big question with Wezzoo is whether or not it is actually helpful, or whether it is another in a long line or arguably-unnecessary mobile-social networks. The answer is largely dependent on how many users are in the area in which you are using it — if you’re the only Wezzoo user in a locale, you might as well stick with the default iOS weather app. If, however, you’re in a community with a lot of other weather enthusiasts — or just like talking with other people from around the world about their local climate — then there might be something worthwhile here. It’s a fun idea on the whole, but ultimately its usefulness is relatively limited.
Wezzoo is currently ranked at No. 127 in Top Free Weather Apps and No. 32 in Top Free iPad Weather Apps. It’s currently featured by Apple in the New & Noteworthy section of the App Store front page. Follow its progress with AppData, our tracking service for mobile and social apps and developers.