App Apes Verdict
  • User Interface - 10/10
  • Functionality - 9/10
  • Inexhasutibilty - 10/10
  • Originality - 8.5/10
User Rating: 5.0 (1 votes)


Lively by Zoosk, Inc. is an iOS social app that allows users to meet new people from all over. It provides a way for strangers to bounce ideas off one another and perhaps even become friends. Though currently only for iOS devices, the company plans to expand to the Android market in the near future. Many readers may find the Zoosk name familiar, and that is no doubt because it’s the same company that developed a well known and frequently used dating app with the name Zoosk. With this new venture, it seems Zoosk, Inc. wanted to veer away from romance and tackle instead friendships and engaging conversations in the modern, connected world, and with this, they succeed. A great aspect to the app is the feature of Topics. Topics work wonderfully as conversational icebreakers and help people move away from the often awkward, always generic introductions. Topics change over time. At the time of this review, suggested topics were: Trump vs birth control, Friday plans, Tom Petty, food, sports teams, animals, hobbies, Netflix, celebrities, and fitness. Users can also make up their own topics. In an effort that should deter trolls and those emboldened by full anonymity, the app required access to Facebook.  The app pulls the user’s name, age, school, and occupation and adds it to their Lively profile. Taking privacy seriously, however, the app promises to never post Facebook accounts. Graphically, Lively is professional, with a simple, crisp, and clean user interface. This user interface is easy to navigate and intuitive. Responsive, the app functions well and offers unique features such as the ability to alter your face in video chats. Lively gives users the option to blur themselves in order to keep identities hidden. This is also good for those too shy or self-conscious about often unflattering selfie angles. The blur will slowly sharpen over time, but users can always keep their faces blurred by pressing the “Blur” button. With the blur option, messaging, filters, adding friend options, and more the app functionally facilitates conversations, the building blocks of new friendships. Obviously, there are plenty of people in the world so the app has a high inexhaustibly rating. Overall, Lively provides what it claims it will–it helps start conversations. Users can be matched with anyone, regardless of age, gender, background, or geographic location and is therefore well suited for meeting and talking to new people, and not for dating. All in all, Lively is well worth a try. 

App Pros

App Cons

  • Professional User Interface
  • Great Tool for Better Conversations
  • Icebreaker Topics
  • Free to Download

  • Requires Facebook Account

App Description

Lively – Meet New People – Talk instantly about fun topics! Bored? Have some time to kill? Just want to have a conversation? Lively’s new video chat feature allows you to instantly talk with people from all over the country (and plus some)! Simply choose a topic you feel like talking about and connect with someone else within seconds. Ease into things with blur! Being on camera isn’t always super comfortable. When you connect with another person, each party will have their screen completely blurred. The blur will fade over time as you get more comfortable talking to the other person, however you can always add it back if you prefer to stay hidden. Make friends! Talking to someone really cool and don’t want the conversation to end? Add them as a friend to stay in touch! The original version of Lively, , will remain in the app to suit all your dating needs. Download Lively for free today! Created by Zoosk’s in-house R&D team, Lively is a new, augmented video chat app that allows people to instantly connect and have fun and meaningful conversations. First you choose a topic — something that you want to talk about. You will then be presented with the option to connect with another person. You can leave your camera as is, or you may add a filter to your face. You can talk for as long or little as you like, and have the option to add the person you are speaking with as a friend. Lively is available for free in the App Store in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. What differentiates us? Lively has three key features that differentiates it from run-of-the-mill random chat apps: Topic Selector – You will be prompted to select a topic. Choose something that genuinely interests you! When you are presented with the option to connect with another person, you will see their topic. Topics work great as ice breakers and help people move away from the awkward, generic introductions. We have preset topics that you’ll see every day (example: sports) and two current event topics that will change every couple of days with the latest trends. Augmentation – In our initial findings, we found that people felt very uncomfortable being on camera, after all, selfie videos are pretty jarring. Now people have the ability to augment their face with filters. We want your focus to be on the conversation, not about what you look like on camera. Plus, filters are another fun way to get the convo started! Add Friend – We want our users to be able to keep in touch with each other, especially if they have a stimulating conversation. Unlike the better known video chat apps, if you like who you’re speaking to you may add the other as a friend.


  • Free to Use
  • Blur face feature
  • Topic icebreakers 
  • Add a friend option
  • Connects to Facebook


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Lively - Fun Group Video Chat
Lively - Fun Group Video Chat

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