iPhone App Review: PeerPressure

iPhone App Review: PeerPressure

November 24th, 2010 by

It’s an old goal-achieving maxim that peer pressure is the way to enhance your chances of achieving your goals. Tell your friends, tell your family, tell your coworkers; tell everyone what you’re trying to accomplish, the thinking being that you won’t want to fall flat on your face in front of your entire peer group.

The PeerPressure app attempts to simplify this process by being a goal-tracking and peer-informant app, all in one. By setting up goals, tracking progress over time; and then informing people via Facebook, Twitter, and email you simplify the process of tracking and announcing your progress on goals.

How It Works

When you first start the app you are given a guided tour through the first steps of creating a goal. You first select one of dozens of templates to use from several categories such as health, career, travel, family, and many more.

Once a template is selected you customize it by either setting milestones with dates or rating progress on a scale of 1 to 10, depending on the nature of the template you choose.

You finish up each goal by select a peer group to notify. You can use Facebook, Twitter, email, or all three, and every completed milestone or finished goal will be announced to the peer group.


PeerPressure has several strengths:

  • Progress on goals is easily visible on a daily progress chart, which is also sent to your peers!
  • It makes the peer notification process seamless and automatic, which should improve your chances of using it.
  • Peers are given instructions on opting out in their email progress reports.
  • The template library is large and encompasses many different kinds of goals. You can also modify almost any template to be something unique if your particular goal category is not included on the list.


The app also has a few drawbacks that should be noted:

  • You can only have one active goal. I’m sure there’s some reason for this, but my real issue with it is that the app emails YOU, the account holder, every time you change active goals. I’m not sure what the thought process is behind this, since I am the one making the change from within the app. Try toggling active goals a few times and watch your inbox grow.
  • The app did crash once on the final step of creating a goal (peer notification), and tossed out the entire thing. I should point out that this only happened one time, and I was not able to reproduce the error. It could have been a memory issue with my phone and not a fault of the app.
  • The app started up again recently and thought I was new, showing me the tutorial again. Not a big deal, and I didn’t lose my goals, but just odd.


PeerPressure is a nice goal-tracking app that has the added feature of built-in peer notification, taking the option of NOT notifying your peers out of your hands when pursuing a goal.

While the app is a bit rough around the edges, anyone interested in this method of goal-tracking can’t go wrong by giving PeerPressure a shot.

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