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Words With Friends has gone from an app of little fame to one of the top-grossing apps on iTunes in what seems like no time at all.  According to Zynga, the company responsible for the game, over 10 million people are currently playing, and with the launch to Android, many more are expected to follow. Judging by the fact that 84% of the players I interviewed heard about the game through a friend, it’s no surprise that the social-networking aspect of this game has helped in its rise to glory.

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Basically I  have started interviewing my friends and random opponents to find out how much of the game’s success has come from the social networking aspect of it. So far my questions have more-or-less been:

  1. How did you hear about the game?
  2. How many friends are you playing?
  3. How many randoms?
  4. If you could only play randoms would you still play?
  5. Do you use the chat function? what for?
  6. What would you change about words with friends? (ex. social networking capability, open to non-iPhone people, usernames vs. real names, etc.)
  7. There is a chess application made by the same people…it actually came out first…but it has not gotten nearly as popular as Words. Thoughts?

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You’ve probably downloaded thousands of game applications on your iPhone to play when in an awkward/boring situation, but how many of them offer you the chance to play with your friendsWords with Friends does just that, it taps into the iPhone’s networking capabilities to allow you–and whichever other iPhone-owning friend you desire–to enter into a lingual face-off. There is no single-player mode…but even if you have absolutely no real-life friends (or maybe just no friends with iPhones), you can still play…even better is that the iPhone will match you up with a random opponent instead of just a computer player! Read the rest of this entry »