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IMG 0140Stamped is a new iOS app that is quickly rising to popularity. It’s being compared to the Instagram app because it’s also an iOS only app. But that’s not the only thing they have in common. Like Instagram, Stamped is a social networking app that mostly exists on the iOS platform. And like Instagram, Stamped has a superb and slick interface.

The problem Stamped is trying to solve is creating a better user recommendation platform. There’s a lot of noise and meaningless 4 stars and likes out there. Many social networks are doing this, but Stamped is really on to something here. The way they’re trying to create this is with giving the user a limited number of Stamps. You start out with 100 stamps. There are set categories you can Stamp like restaurants, movies, books, and music, but you can Stamp practically anything. They only way you get Stamps back is by getting credits and you get credits by getting Stamped by your friends.

I’ve been using it for over a week. It’s very addicting and it really makes you more critical on what you will be stamping. “What is Stamped worthy? Should I stamp new stuff or old stuff?” Those are the kinds of healthy questions it makes you ask yourself.

I agree though with Brett Kelly’s review over at the Nerdgap. The food and restaurant category is not going to be very useful if the friends and people you follow live thousands of miles away from you.

Overall, highly recommended. Do check out the app if you have an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

*Way better review I recommend is Shawn Blanc’s http://shawnblanc.net/2011/11/simple-social-networks/