The first Empire Avenue iPhone App is finally a reality! The developers, IntenseApps.com, have received word from Apple that their app, Intense Trader, has been approved and will appear in the AppStore later this week. Intense Trader will sell for $0.99.
IntenseApps has provided THE INFLUENCIER with an advance copy of the app. The tool simplifies many of the routine activities one performs on Empire Avenue and provides a plethora of innovative, customizable alerts, including notifications for rising and falling share prices, share availability and an influencer’s online status. Some features, such as the the ability to automatically sell shares of an influencer who sells shares they own in you, may prove to be controversial. Our in-depth, hands-on review of the app with detailed descriptions of features, flaws and screenshots follows.
SWIPE TO BUY – Swiping your finger down the list of New Arrivals allows you to purchase the maximum number of shares in each one, simultaneously, a tremendous time-saver.
SHAKE TO SELL – If you shake your iPhone, you can liquidate your entire portfolio instantaneously. Especially handy when you are in need of an upgrade. A word of warning, it is especially easy to accidentally liquidate your portfolio, and there is no undo function. You’re going to want to set the sensitivity very low on this one.
AUTO SOLICIT – You can set Intense Trader to automatically post “Buy Me!” shouts on random influencers’ profile pages. The app allows you to target a particular share price range and set the desired number of exclamation marks to include at the end of the comment.
REVENGE MODE – One of the more controversial features, if someone who owns you sells your shares, Intense Trader will automatically sell any shares of them that you own. If you don’t own any shares of them, the app will purchase the max amount of shares possible in the offending influencer, and then sell them.
EAVIFY VR – Only works on newer model iDevices equipped with a camera, compass, and GPS. Using Virtual Reality, you can view price tags, menu items, or your credit card statements with the iPhone camera and EAVIFY VR shows you what things would cost if they were priced in eaves.
JOSHIFY – Compares your dividend to that of Empire Avenue multi-millionaire (e)JOSH. We advise not using this function while you are at work, or while you are with your significant other.
LLAMATASTIC TRANSLATOR – IntenseApps has partnered with Luke Nyland (e)LLAMA to offer automatic translation of your daily Empire Avenue Earnings Report into “Llama-speak” as pictured below:
One of the primary goals of Empire Avenue is to monitor your social network connections and attach a value to your activity and reach within those networks. Intense Trader provides a number of tools that will allow you to more easily manage the various networks and communities you belong to, and help dramatically increase your influencer scores on flickr, facebook, twitter and the Empire Avenue site itself.
Insincere Thanks & Thumbs – By activating this setting, Intense Trader automatically posts a “Thank You” shout and gives a “Thumbs Up Rating” when someone purchases your shares. Eliminates the need to actually introduce yourself to someone or engage in pleasant small talk.
Online Status Indicator – Reveals whether an influencer is currently offline or online. If someone is online, it will also indicate how long it has been since they last slept.
EBN Auto Subscribe – Having a blog, and regularly posting to it, is vital if you want a higher share price. No one understands this better than the folks over at EmpireBuilding.net, home of “real advice for building fake wealth” guru, William Pitcher (e)RZR. In addition to subscribing you to the EBN RSS Feed, the EBN Auto Subscribe feature sets you up as an Empire Building Network Author. You’ll receive your first writing assignment from (e)RZR in your inbox within minutes.
World Traveler – Activate the Intense Trader World Traveler and you will automatically join, post a comment, and leave, each City Community on Empire Avenue in succession, endlessly. The comments which the app posts for you are posted in each City’s native language. The content of the comments are random, but vague enough to elicit a response from other community members and thus boost your influencer score.
IRL MENTIONS – One of the more cutting-edge tools provided by Intense Apps takes advantage of the yet-to-be released Empire Avenue IRL Influencer Score. Utilizing the iPhone microphone, the app tracks how often you talk about Empire Avenue “In Real Life” or discuss particular influencers in your real-world conversations. Similar to twitter mentions, whenever you use a particular influencer’s name or say aloud an Empire Avenue ticker in normal conversation, a notification will appear in that person’s profile stream on the Empire Avenue website. The function does not track mentions of tickers in telephone conversations, because the developers figured no one actually uses the iPhone to make phone calls anyway, so why bother.
Intense Trader allows for many ways to personalize your experience. For starters, there is a color palette option that allows you to to choose what color the Empire Avenue website appears when viewed in your browser. Your choices are:
- Empire Avenue Original
- More Bluer
- Blue & White
- Blue & White with shades of Blue.
There is also an Auto Pilot Function which basically monitors your portfolio for you and makes transactions based on which stocks are rising or falling in share price. It would appear there are still some bugs in this function. In our tests, Intense Trader would only sell shares of (e)SHADAX and buy shares of (e)DARING. Your mileage may vary.
Another handy setting is the Email Quota Alert. Intense Trader will notify you when your email inbox is full due to the massive amount of email notifications Empire Avenue sends on a daily basis. Gmail Users probably won’t need to activate this setting, but you never know.
Perhaps the most fun and interesting aspect of Intense Trader are the indepth profiles of Empire Avenue Employees or (E-Class stocks as they are known). The app includes biographies, profile links, short stories by the Empire Avenue Team and photo-albums which are sure to be a hit. The screenshots below are from in-app profile on VP of Marketing and Media Relations, Tom Ohle (e)TOM :
The developers tell us that they will be adding more photo albums in the future, with Empire Avenue CFO & COO Robert Kallir’s (e)KALLIR “Elevators from Around the World” and Director of Digital Alchemy Aaron K. White’s (e)BIGA “Adventures in Home Remodeling” coming soon.
Lastly, and most importantly, the app also includes a flashlight.
Intense Apps is not joking when they say their app will launch a “Total Empire Avenue Stock Exchange Revolution“ In our opinion, Intense Trader for the Empire Avenue Stock Exchange is definitely a “must buy.” To find it, search for “iTEASE” or “TEASER” in the AppStore.