Kevin Rose's Oink app hits the App Store

Oink, a new app from Kevin Rose's app development lab Milk, is now available for download in the App Store. Oink is a social recommendation and ranking app that takes a Foursquare-like check-in approach, letting users rate and rank the different items -- instead of places -- that they like.

The main idea is for users to recommend and rate products from different businesses so they can share with friends and spread the word about the things they enjoy. It seems like a really great idea, as long as enough of your friends are using the service, and gives a fresh approach to finding and enjoying items with like-minded people.

Oink is an easy way to rate and rank the things around you. Instead of just rating places, you rate the items inside. You could easily find the most popular items on a menu and see if a friend has tried anything there. Then if there's something you like, it’s just a single press to rate it and share it with friends.

What you can do with Oink:

  • Rate items around you and share with your followers
  • See all the cool stuff your friends and other users are Oinking
  • Find the best things in town (e.g. Best "Pizza" in Denver)
  • Find the items at a place (e.g., Best roller coasters at Six Flags)
  • Build "cred" in your areas of interest
  • Share your Oink activity on Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare

Oink is available on the iPhone and iPod touch for free.

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Honestly i'm bummed that it is another food app, but now that i think about it mi.lk did kind-of hint that they were thinking in the food direction.

Honestly i'm bummed that it is another food app, but now that i think about it mi.lk did kind-of hint that they were thinking in the food direction.

Honestly i'm bummed that it is another food app, but now that i think about it mi.lk did kind-of hint that they were thinking in the food direction.

Honestly i'm bummed that it is another food app, but now that i think about it mi.lk did kind-of hint that they were thinking in the food direction.

Honestly i'm bummed that it is another food app, but now that i think about it mi.lk did kind-of hint that they were thinking in the food direction.

Honestly i'm bummed that it is another food app, but now that i think about it mi.lk did kind-of hint that they were thinking in the food direction.

Honestly i'm bummed that it is another food app, but now that i think about it mi.lk did kind-of hint that they were thinking in the food direction.

Honestly i'm bummed that it is another food app, but now that i think about it mi.lk did kind-of hint that they were thinking in the food direction.

Honestly i'm bummed that it is another food app, but now that i think about it mi.lk did kind-of hint that they were thinking in the food direction.

I got it but the bad thing about it. It is new and you have to get more people to start using it. You can add items and rate them that is great but if no one adds items it will only show your stuff.

yeah great.. you have to wait for an invite before you can really use the app. ironically, there is nothing within 2,000 miles of where I live in the majority of categories...

yeah great.. you have to wait for an invite before you can really use the app. ironically, there is nothing within 2,000 miles of where I live in the majority of categories...

yeah great.. you have to wait for an invite before you can really use the app. ironically, there is nothing within 2,000 miles of where I live in the majority of categories...

yeah great.. you have to wait for an invite before you can really use the app. ironically, there is nothing within 2,000 miles of where I live in the majority of categories...

yeah great.. you have to wait for an invite before you can really use the app. ironically, there is nothing within 2,000 miles of where I live in the majority of categories...

yeah great.. you have to wait for an invite before you can really use the app. ironically, there is nothing within 2,000 miles of where I live in the majority of categories...

yeah great.. you have to wait for an invite before you can really use the app. ironically, there is nothing within 2,000 miles of where I live in the majority of categories...

yeah great.. you have to wait for an invite before you can really use the app. ironically, there is nothing within 2,000 miles of where I live in the majority of categories...

(Yaaaawn). Always the same kind of apps for hipsters in San Francisco. Can't they use their money to make useful apps?

Popular with people who have OCD and insist on grading everything they eat and drink on a scale of 1-10. This is social networking as the new Dot Com bubble. I heard something on the radio about an app that lets women rate and compare the items in their wardrobes. Why? Where will it end?

You'd think this poser would have disappeared when TechTV did. I think I hate Justin Beiber just a little bit lessor than this guy.

I like the idea/term of Cred. The more developers use game style achievements in apps the more fun for us. I still can't see using this app. Unless Apple buys it, makes it native and has all the data was already built in. To tweet is bad enough now they want us to Oink? Like a pig? Really?

I like the idea/term of Cred. The more developers use game style achievements in apps the more fun for us. I still can't see using this app. Unless Apple buys it, makes it native and has all the data was already built in. To tweet is bad enough now they want us to Oink? Like a pig? Really?

The folks from Taap.it Live Local want to help any Oinkers who want to save their Oinks. Per Tom Nguyen, Community Manager withTaap.it: "With a simple, one step Oink-to-Taap Import Tool located at http://taap.it/import-oink , former Oinkers can convert their painstakingly accrued Oinks into Taaps, and continue rating specific things inside places.