MrOwl: Inspire & Collaborate

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Find and share info on this interest-based social network.

Parents say

age 12+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Collecting, curating, and sharing information; practice conveying messages effectively and making wise decisions online.

Ease of Play

Organized and easy-to-understand user interface. It's very clear when you're choosing to post something publicly.

Violence

No filters, so content is dependent on users.

Sex

No filters, so content is dependent on users.

Language

No filters, so content is dependent on users.

Consumerism

Many of the links shared are related to businesses, organizations, TV shows, and celebrities. There's an interest category for "Shopping."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

No filters, so content is dependent on users.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MrOwl: Inspire & Collaborate is a social networking and information sharing app based on interests and curated by members. Described as "a home for all your interests," MrOwl allows users to collect knowledge from websites and their own life experiences and then post and share them on MrOwl by building interest "branches." Users can search other people's public branches by topic (branches can be kept private and shared with only specific people). There's a chat feature for people who want to chat with those who follow their branches. Information can be shared across multiple other social networks, including Facebook. According to the Terms of Service, users must be 13 or older to use the app and 17 or older to use the in-app browser. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

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Parent Written byBecky R. March 1, 2018

It is a great way to store inforamtion

MrOwl is a great was to store information on something you are interested in. When My child wanted to learn HTML, we found some sites and stuck them in a branc... Continue reading

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What's it about?

To use MROWL: INSPIRE & COLLABORATE, first sign up for an account via email, Facebook, or Google. Watch the video. To create an interest-based branch, tap the plus sign and tap Create Branch. Choose a related picture, add a title (e.g., Pets) and a description (e.g., cute photos, grooming tips, and pet website reviews). Then tap Make Branch Public if you want others to see it. Add subtopics, links, photos, and more. To send messages to other users, tap Messages, and to search for other people's branches about a specific topic, tap Search and type in keywords. To view trending branches, swipe along the top of the main home screen.

Is it any good?

A social networking app based on and sorted by user interests is a promising idea, but it may take some time to reach full potential. At the time of this review, MrOwl: Inspire & Collaborate is relatively new and doesn't have a whole lot of depth. It feels more like a marketing tool than a user-curated information sharing experience. The developer indicates that it will get "wiser as more people use it." If that's what happens, it could become an excellent place for teens and adults to discover more about their personal interests, meet people who share them, and organize links, photos, reviews, and more. If it doesn't reach a critical mass of engaged users posting meaningful content, this app could be just another social media platform mostly for marketing. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how MrOwl: Inspire & Collaborate may help them explore their interests and learn more about them from other people who are interested in the same topics. Ask them what sort of information they're looking for on sites like this and how they know that what they're contributing is useful to others.

  • If MrOwl: Inspire & Collaborate doesn't have a lot of info on the topic your kid is interested in, encourage them to check out more social information sharing sites. Read Common Sense Media's What are the best kinds of social media for teens?

  • Talk about other ways that teens can find information on their most compelling interests. Are there interest-based groups at school? In the community? What about library resources, or local mentors who may work in a related field or just know a lot about this topic?

App details

For kids who love social networking and finding out more

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