Cupple: Share Privately With Your Mate

I know that we’re well past all of the Valentines Day hullabaloo, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for some groan-worthy cuteness, now does it? If you have a significant other, chances are pretty good that you share things with them on a daily basis. Well that’s all well and good, but wouldn’t it be nice to have one private channel through which you can share all of this stuff? And furthermore, creating memories with that special person is part of the fun of being in a relationship, so how do you chronicle all of your photos and text messages for future nostalgia?

Enter Cupple, an app for iPhone that lets you privately share and catalogue your experiences with that special someone. The folks behind the app describe it as “the worlds first social network for two people in a relationship.” If this sentiment makes you bit nauseous, I’d understand. If it sounds like fun, though, hit the jump to learn more about how it works.

The Stream

Cupple requires that you sign up for an account using your email address. If you’re the first half of your relationship to sign up, you can send your counterpart an invite to the service. Once you’re both registered, you can begin sharing things with each other.

Like most modern social networks, content comes through to your device through a stream. Cupple has three main types of content that can be shared: messages, photos and locations.

The stream displays all of your content in a gorgeous layout.

The stream displays all of your content in a gorgeous layout.

The content that comes through your Cupple stream can be filtered via a slide-out menu not unlike the one found in the Facebook app. I’m personally a big fan of this style of menu — it feels like we’re trending away from the tedium of drilling in and out of countless layers of lists, like in the early iOS days.

I really like this style of menu.

I really like this style of menu.

The stream is implemented nicely, and as far as I can tell, the entire thing is archived for future viewing. Cupple employs the familiar, spring loaded pull-down-to-refresh of Twitter and the like, and uses a similar, albeit upside-down gesture at the bottom of the stream to view older content.

You can view past shares, such as photos with messages attached, or locations on a map from within the stream or the corresponding menu category.

Cupple uses a clever and unique location marker on the map.

Cupple uses a clever and unique location marker on the map.

Did you see that? The location marker in Cupple is like a little heart! (I’m typically pretty impervious to the overtly cutesy stuff, but even that made me go “dawwwww…”)

Sharing

Sharing content with your significant other is quite simple. The ever-present share button can be found floating in the middle of the bottom of the stream view, and tapping it brings up a still familiar sharing interface. Today, I’m going to share a new bookstore that I found with my girlfriend.

Compose a thoughtful message, share a photo, or give your location some context.

Compose a thoughtful message, share a photo, or give your location some context.

As you can see from the icons displayed across the middle of the screen, you can share any combination of text, images or locations. Cupple uses the Foursquare API to pinpoint locations, and allows you to append a tag to that location based on it’s context in your relationship. This bookstore is a place that Paige (my significant other) has never been, so I’ve marked it as a place we should visit together, attached a photo that I took at the store and added a message about the coffee (it really was delicious.)

For added fun, you can pick up some in-app purchases of sticker packs that can add some cute visual flair to your messages.

For added fun, you can pick up some in-app purchases of sticker packs that can add some cute visual flair to your messages.

Final Thoughts

I found Cupple a neat alternative to the standard sharing channels that you’d typically use with your significant other. In a sense, it’s much like regular text messaging, but it does a great job of making communication and sharing feel more intimate and special — providing that feeling of “something extra” in comparison to the way you’d interact with other people. And it’s privacy factor only contributes to that sentiment. It’s almost like the modern day “We’ll always have Paris.” The nuts and bolts of Cupple certainly aren’t anything groundbreaking, but it is definitely a novel way to stay close with that special someone when you are physically apart.

I think the biggest benefit of something like Cupple, from a relationship standpoint, is the archival of all of your content. I’m sure you’ve sent someone a message or a picture at some point (or even suggested a restaurant to try out) and less than a day later that data has been consumed by the abyssal maw of information and you can’t remember where you wanted to take that person. Using Cupple is a lot like automatically creating a scrapbook with your significant other.

What do you think? Is Cupple something you’d use to stay in contact with your significant other, or is it just another communicative redundancy? Let us know in the comments!


Summary

Cupple is an adorable, private sharing medium for you and your significant other that not only keeps things intimate, but creates a scrapbook-like history that you can revisit in the future.

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