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Chee.rs (Free) by gri.pe is the “like” button for everything around you. Simply show some appreciation for a person, place, or thing around you. It’s an app that simply spreads positivity in a world that can have a lot of negativity.

Yes, I’m sure you’ve had enough of these “rate everything” apps, but Chee.rs sets itself apart from the rest. Rather than rating everything, like Oink, or “giving your stamp of approval” on things with Stamped, Chee.rs is a great way to show how much you appreciate something. Once you create your free account (by email, Facebook, or Twitter), then it’s time to start spreading the cheer.

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To send a cheer, all you have to do is tap on that center action button (appropriately named Share) in the bottom menu bar. You can cheer a person, place, or thing; each one is color coded and easy to remember with their visual icons. Then snap a picture of the item you’re cheering or import it from the photo library, give the cheer a name, description, and spread the love. If you’re stuck on deciding what to send cheers to, the app offers some suggestion banners on the “Cheers to…” screen.

A huge part of the app is the “Cheerfluence” factor. Each cheer that you send will earn you some Cheerfluence, but how much you get depends on how many people are following you on Chee.rs, as well as how many other people you share to via Facebook or Twitter. You also get Cheerfluence for inviting people, and if someone cheers on or comments on you cheers.

If you are curious on how your total Cheerfluence is doing, you can take a look at your own profile (button in the upper left corner), or by going to the Cheerfluence tab. In the Cheerfluence, it’s like a leader board – you get to see how influential you are with your cheers when compared to your friends, and even the “All Stars” of Cheers (try and end up there someday).

Since Chee.rs is inherently a micro social network, you will want to find friends to follow. You can invite people to Cheers with the “Friends” button in the top right corner, and invite people by email, Twitter, or Facebook. You can also find interesting people from the Suggested People list to get started.

As you find people to follow, their cheers will show up in the Timeline tab. Here, you will see all of the cheers (color coded too, that’s nice) that your friends post, as well as comments and who cheered it on. You can even share a particular cheer by Facebook, Twitter, or email. Your activity as well as all of your friends will be viewable in the Activity view – this can get a bit cluttered, since it displays everything.

One of the most fun things about the app is the Popular view. You can view all popular cheers at the moment, or you can filter it by People, Places, or Things. This is a great way to see what others are cheering for, get ideas for spreading your own cheers, and just finding interesting people to follow.

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Even though it’s another social network to manage, I actually loved the idea and concept behind Chee.rs: positivity. Giving someone a public “kudos” is great, sharing great moments is fun, and giving props to well-deserved and loved things in your life is just a great way to pass time. Once I started with sharing, I kept wanting to send cheers and raise my own Cheerfluence level.

I also loved the way the app is designed. Everything about it is clean and elegant, yet simple and intuitive. The colors go well together, the icon is awesome, the font in the logo is beautiful, and everything seems to flow smoothly. I give the developers cheers for making such a gorgeous looking app.

I wish that there was a way to search for an individual user, though. Currently, it seems the Friends view only allows you to look at suggested users, and invite friends – no way to find an individual. Hopefully this can be added in the future.

Just like love, Chee.rs is available for free. I highly recommend checking it out, and hope you spread the good cheer. There has to be at least one person you can appreciate enough to share publicly, right?