Thumb App Tips and Tricks

A Beginner's Guide to Opinionaided's Mobile Opinion App

One part instant messenger, one part advice meter on-the-go, Thumb for iPhone and Android devices (formerly Opinionaided) is an exciting mobile app which allows its users to post questions to the community and friends across their social media accounts and gain instant feedback in a number of categories.

Answer questions and add comments to gain Good Advice stars, get recognized on the Thumb blog as a top advisor, and make new friends from around the globe as you share and provide feedback.

Thumb includes social media integration so you can share your questions with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter, plus access contacts from your device contacts.

Getting Started on Thumb

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Before you can enjoy membership in the Thumb community, you have to follow these easy steps for your device:

Android

  1. Access the Android Market from your device.
  2. Download Thumb for Android.
  3. Create a free Thumb account or sign in with Facebook.

iPhone/iPod Touch

  1. Locate the App Store on your device.
  2. Download Thumb for iPhone.
  3. Create a free Thumb account or sign in with Facebook.

Once you have downloaded your free copy of the Thumb app to your device, you are ready to use the app to gain feedback on questions or give advice to others. In each section below, you will learn more about the features on Thumb and how to use them on your mobile device.

How to Sign In to Thumb

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Signing in to your app requires either a free account you can create once you have launched the software or by connecting Facebook to Thumb. Learn how to sign in for iPhone/iPod Touch or Android here:

How to Navigate Through Thumb

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Once you have signed in to the app, you will notice two large buttons labeled “Ask for Opinions” and “Give Your Opinions,” in addition to a tab menu which includes navigation to:
  • Ask Questions
  • Give Opinions
  • View Results
  • View Your Profile

How to Ask for Thumbs

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One of the app's primary goals is to connect users who are in need of advice or opinions with those ready and willing to share. You can ask questions about buying decisions, this-or-that type questions and more on Thumb, in a number of categories (see below). Learn more about asking questions on iPhone/iPod Touch or Android here:

How to Share Opinions on Thumb

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Thumbs up, thumbs down or neutral? On this app, that is the question on everyone's mind. Learn how to give advice and opinions for iPhone/iPod Touch or Android here.

How to View Your Thumb Results

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Whether you wish to check the advice you've received on a question or whether or not your comment scored you a Good Advice star, you can learn how to view results for iPhone/iPod Touch or Android here. You can also learn how to give Good Advice stars, which are a nice way to reward those who have given thoughtful advice.

How to View, Edit Your Thumb Profile

Thumb App Profile

Learn how to check out your profile, edit your photo, bio, view Good Advice stars and more for iPhone/iPod Touch or Android here:

Learn More About the History of Thumb

Thumb CEO Dan Kurani
CEO Dan Kurani.

In a single year, the Thumb app by Opinionaided, Inc. had made great strides to become second to Facebook in average length of time per user per month. About.com sat down with CEO Dan Kurani to talk about the history of the app and how it has risen in the ranks so quickly. Read on:

How to Write Questions People Will Jump to Respond

If you are seeking a lot of opinions or comments to your Thumb questions, there are a few things you can do to ensure you get the feedback you are looking for, says Opinionaided, Inc. CEO Dan Kurani. Follow these simple tips and you'll be crafting well-formulated queries that will get attention from the Thumb community:
  • Make Sure It's Opinion-Based. "[The app is] not for doing homework, like answering a math question or to find out who was the 16th president," Dan shared. So, make sure you are asking for an opinion or end with something like "Any suggestions?" to prompt more comments.
  • Don't Ask an Open-Ended Question. Some of the best questions solicit an opinion between two things, whether it is a yes or no decision ("Should I buy these shoes? TU or TD") or a comparison ("Tacos or Enchiladas?"), Dan said.
  • Go for the Emotional. In terms of comment-grabbers, things which resonate emotionally such as artwork often prompts more comments, he said.

Top Tips for Getting More Good Advice Stars

Good Advice stars are the currency of the Thumb community and go a long way to helping you get recognized as a top adviser among other users. This can lead to recognition from Thumb's developers and lead to all sorts of perks. But, the secret to getting more Good Advice stars is writing thoughtful comments. Here's how to do it:

  1. Read the Question Carefully. When you approach a query on the app, make sure you understand what they are asking for before you answer. Then, craft a response which gives them a direct opinion or answer to what they are asking.
  2. Consider the Source. If someone is asking whether you like something specific, like a singer or a movie, the chances are likely greater they like that topic or thing themselves. Answering accordingly, but be kind.
  3. Mind Your Manners. Especially if the question revolves around a hot button issue, answer honestly but without passing judgment. Even if your answer does not fit how the Thumber feels about the issue, your ability to discuss without name calling or being negative can go a long way to building good rapport with people.
  4. Always Comment. There will be instances in which you don't know how to answer, and that is okay. That's why there is a neutral button. But, if you include a nice compliment, whether it be about the photo they used or a thought on the topic, regardless of how you vote, you have a better shot of getting a comment.
  5. Look for Free Star Opportunities. Some Thumbers will give a star for any answer, so always take advantage of these questions.
  6. Change Your Category to Suit Your Specialty. If you have a lot of knowledge in a certain subject, getting questions from a limited number of categories can help you gain more Good Advice stars faster. Learn how to change your category for Android and iPhone/iPod Touch here.

What Categories are Available on Thumb?

Believe it or not, the app features a surprisingly robust 24 categories and themes from which you can plant your question under. These categories include:
  • Art, Design & Photography
  • Style & Fashion
  • Food & Drink
  • Apps, Technology & Gadgets
  • Relationships
  • Appearance
  • Music, Movies & TV
  • Places & Travel
  • Gaming
  • Sports & Activities
  • Cars, Boats & Cycles
  • Life & Lifestyle
  • Health & Fitness
  • Parenting & Family
  • Pets & Animals
  • Home & Garden
  • World Events & Politics
  • Books & Literature
  • Religion, Philosophy & Science
  • Education & Career
  • Business & Finance
  • Humor
  • Random
  • Questions about Thumb

All images on this page are courtesy © 2012 Opinionaided, Inc.