Social media has played a bigger role in improving the social well-being of the people globally. One of such social issues is health wellbeing. Through the Usee Mobile App users will share their views and advice each other on different health issues. Social interaction and communication is a key player in fighting poor mental health. The Usee App targets to bring together university and college students (both local-based and international) to discuss a poor mental problem facing the society. This app provides a way of giving that social interaction with your peers, but removes the barriers of anxiety and language that usually stop international students from pursuing social engagement.
The prototype of the Usee App will comprise of the key features as listed in the sketch below. The key features are; notification, Search, New Feeds, Profile, Friends, Messages, Places, Groups, Events, Photos, Places, and Language translation.
Illustration of Features
- Notification: This feature will notify the user about a new message that has been added in a story s/he has been following or had commented on. It will allow the users to read new views shared by other users about a trending mental health topic that had been posted earlier(Genadinik, 2014, p. 45).
- Usee: This representsthe colour/ profile picture of the App. This will comprise of a brief story about the app.
- Search: The feature will enable the app users to quick search for past posts on their profile. Likewise, the user can search for the name of other users, their friends, groups,and pages addressing the mental health problem (Nudelman, 2016, p. 54).
- News Feed: The News Feed feature represents an icon which shows the users new posts that have been posted on the Usee App. The Users will see these updates every time they log in.
- Profile: The profile feature contains the personal information of the application user. Some of the information that will be containedunder the Profile icon are; the name of the user, name of the university, place of origin (country), Language, Course of study among others (Bähr, 2017, p. 26).
- Friends: The feature will be used for “friending” other users. One user will send a friend request to another. The second user becomes the friend to the first upon accepting the request. Other users will be treated as friends.
- Messages: The Feature will allow two users to send private messages between each other. The content of the messages will only be known between the sender and the recipient(Khella, 2015, p. 53).
- Places: The feature will help a user let their friends know their location at the moment.
- Groups: The Group feature will allow users to create groups to share links, media, documents, and events relating to mental health problems.
- Events: The feature will allow users to share upcoming events and gathering on mental health problems in the community.
- Photos: The photo application will allow users to upload photos as well as comments onthe photos posted by others (Genadinik, 2014, p. 61).
- Questions: The feature will allow users to post questions on the mentalhealth problem. Other users will then respond to the questions.
- Language Translation: The feature will allow each user to set the app in a language of their choice. The application will comprise of over 100 international languages.
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