Like watching TV? Like, uh, earning points? Like turning those arbitrary points into a random gift card? Well, you’re in freaking luck my little companeros because Viggle is coming to Android.
What the hell is a Viggle? Apparently it’s an app that allow you to “check in” to whatever you’re watching on TV right then (Screw you Netflix). Want to check in? Simply search for the show you’re watching and press the be ol’ V. Your phone will record a short portion of the show to verify you’re watching.
In your brain, right now, there’s two questions. These are the questions: 1. What the hell is a Viggle? and 2. Why do I need this?
Even though I’ve already made an attempt at answering this question. Viggle, Yes, is a television check in app that pays you in points that you can turn into gift cards. But Why? Probably to track what you watch or maybe up ratings on crappy shows, but maybe the issue is bigger than that.
As for the second question of whether you need this app or not… you might. There’s actually a few interesting things going on with Viggle that don’t crop up with most apps.
First, there’s always something disappointing or questionable about any system that uses points. Points are an arbitrary, worthless metric used by bean counters to ensure that the system does not favor it’s users. Viggle’s system of checking into your favorite television shows makes it pretty easy to circumvent (after all, how do you know that I’m still watching the show?). Casinos on the other hand don’t need points since everyone knows the games are rigged from the start. Whether you use points or just skew the system from the start, the house must always win.
Second, Who The Hell Cares. All apps basically do this, they collect data, they hedge their bets, they put ads up in your notification bar. If you like television and get a kick out of earning points that are worth slightly more than the ones you’d earn in Foursquare then go nuts. Viggle has a strong social aspect and also can help remind you of when your favorite show comes on.
Viggle For Android is a fun concept. You won’t get a ton of prizes and it’s incredibly difficult to earn enough points to qualify for an item (the cheapest $5 is almost 7500 points. I just got 13 points for checking into The Cobert Report). But if you’re into television and you get a rush off earning points then you’ll like Viggle.
Right now, Viggle is still in beta (but has been around for iPhone for awhile). So if you want to get in on the action you’ll need to sign up using the link below.