Sibling App

Sibling is an iPhone and a Mac app which allows users to send messages and share files, links and photos with their siblings. The iPhone app is currently available as a free download on the iTunes App store while the Mac app is available as a free download on the Sibling website. Sibling Co-founder Shubhendu Sharma told Medianama that they also plan to launch an Android version shortly. Update: It looks like the iPhone app has now gone paid and is available on the iTunes App Store for $1.99.

Registration: We tried the app on iPhone 4S and iPad 4 and noticed that Sibling prompts users to sign up for the service by providing requisite details like email address and number of siblings among others. However, we felt the registration mechanism could’ve been improved, since the current implementation mandates one to send a text message to their siblings before proceeding to the app home screen.

Usage: The app homescreen features a news feed which is divided into two different sections. The first section features all the photos and links sent from one’s sibling, which can be scrolled through in a horizontal manner. Why anyone would have horizontal scrolling in an app is beyond us: that is terrible user experience. Each content item also features a like and a comment button, which allows one to post comments on that specific item. The second section features all the photos and links the user has sent.

Five Sibling Limitation: At the time of writing this article, we noticed that there is a limit of five siblings per user. We wonder why this app chose to limit usage to siblings only, and didn’t try and become a family app. There are several family-tree sites on the web, an approach which didn’t quite catch on in India since Facebook became popular. Genealogy based sites include MyHeritage, Ancestry.com, Archives.com…some of you might remember that MIH India had launched a Genealogy site  in 2008 called OneFamily.

Sibling Homescreen

Sharing Content: One can click on the ‘+’ icon to share links or photos from their photo album. What’s particularly interesting is that one can pair the iOS app with the Mac app to remotely browse through files present on their Mac and share it with their siblings from within the app.

Sibling Sharing Options

Besides that there is a group chat feature which allows one to send messages to their siblings and a shared archive feature which allows one to browse through content shared earlier by them and their siblings.

Our Take: This app is quite similar to what Path or Couple (previously called Pair) offers, except for the fact that it is targeted towards siblings while Couple is targeted towards couples and Path is targeted towards friends and family. We feel that the company should also release the Android version soon to gain a sizable amount of traction in India, however we are a bit skeptical if there is a market for such niche apps in the country as compared to other markets like the United States.

(Updated with changes and inputs from Nikhil Pahwa)