Google today stealthily launched a new app on Android and iOS.
Called “Who’s Down,” the app lets you see which of your friends want to hang out. When you flip a switch to say that you’re down — which lasts for 3 hours — it looks like you can say exactly what you want to do, like “grab tacos” or “study.” Your status will then appear along with a question asking if anyone’s down to do what you want, like “Anyone down to grab tacos?”
Once you decide that you’re down to to something, you can start a chat with other people that are down, too. This lets you coordinate plans with your friends.
You could always use old-fashioned text messaging to see if your friends are down to hang out, but it seems that the goal of Who’s Down is to let you see everyone that wants to hang out at a glance rather than texting every single person. It also gives you an idea about what each of your friends wants to do more quickly than you’d find out by texting or messaging everyone.
As I mentioned before, Who’s Down is on both Android and iOS. However, it currently requires an invitation to use it. If you don’t already have one, you can request an invite from within the app by entering your email address and, if you’re in school, you can share your school name, too. Maybe Google wants to push Who’s Down to high school and college students.