As a social media fan, I’ve had a fair share of app downloads. But with so many apps popping up like pimples on a stressful day, I admit to sometimes rolling my eyes thinking “Oh, here we go again.” Quite a few I’ve tried and hated at first byte (har) because they don’t seem to add anything new to the usual suspects (hashtag Instagram hashtag Facebook). But some actually turn out as enjoyable and effective. Like my new fave Pepo.
I’ve been using the app since February and I’ve been really quite engaged with it. Essentially, it’s all your favourite social media channels rolled in one. And if apps / smartphones are meant to make us connect to the world beyond borders, then Pepo is absolutely nailing it by showing perspectives of the world beyond what you normally find familiar.
It’s actually really fun and I really hope you guys get to try it out. I also hope you’d come follow my Pepo Public Channel, The Girl Next Shore.
But what’s Pepo all about, really?
As I said, it’s all your favourite social media apps in one. You can post photos / videos / review food / ask for tips… you get the drill. Of course, you start by following channels that pique your interest. Obviously mine’s food and travel but there are also channels for stuff like interior design, LGBT, dogs, beauty, fashion, etc.
Pepo is not as saturated as other social media apps and I find this rather nice, because it’s easy to follow channels based on your interests and your passions. It’s easier to engage with people as you discover channels and posts from those who may not be as visible elsewhere but have really good content. The community is rather friendly and very eager to help with tips and shares.
It’s informative and not competitive. Because Pepo stands for “people” and “passions”, I find that channels are more content driven to share experiences rather than to gain numbers. And this, is truly, refreshing.
With Pepo, there’s no pressure to make your feed look curated, and this is super refreshing. Life isn’t all about the dark moods and bright lights and monochromatic feeds. With such, I feel like I can be 100% myself on Pepo. My Public Channel has actually become an extension of my blog, with some BTS bits (ie the fun stuff).
Pepo also has a live-video function which I like. I less daunting to use than SnapChat (which I only really use for filters) and IG Stories. I also love watching other people’s spotlight videos from all over the world: one second I’m in Barcelona and the next minute I’m in a wintry mountain in Canada, and an hour later I’m slurping noodles in Hong Kong.
See, I found myself seeing stories of people I don’t usually follow on say Instagram or Twitter or Snapchat. And it’s really great to see cool, new things and in a way meet new people to follow!
Seriously, the app has been quite the #travelinspo and #foodspotting app.
A cool thing about the community being eager and friendly is that you get insider’s tips that really matter – and work. I had very good insider’s tips from followers and travellers for my recent trip and I’m sure to get some more for my next ones!
Again as mentioned, the interaction/engagement level on Pepo is pretty decent. If you wanna talk emoji, you can talk emoji. If you wanna do a one-liner, you can do a one-liner. But if you want to explore the minds of people in more depth, there’s also a Live Q&A feature that allows you to do that.
Overall, I think Pepo is quite doing a great job in keeping the world reachable and passions attainable. So far it’s provided us with aspirational and inspirational content and just a really nice network to commune with. I hope you join us there soon, and don’t forget to follow me on my channel! 🙂