There is an extremely important lesson to learn from the random review for Ask my Buddy. We shouldn’t suggests (implicitly or explicitly) that skills can be used in life or death situations (at least not for now). This is an important limitation of voice interfaces that should be considered when developers write skill descriptions.
That half of the top social skills simulate a sort of intimacy between the user and the Alexa device also highlight a certain loneliness and deep longing for connection that seems to pervade our society (or at least some Alexa users).
Ask My Buddy by Beach.Dev – 4.6 out of 5, 641 ratings, 630 reviews
Ask My Buddy helps you ask for assistance using only your voice – and – makes it easy to let your contacts know you are doing ok.
Random review: I am a senior…when my husband passed out I couldn`t think to say “ask my buddy to call—–“it would be easier to say Alexa, call 911 or call Rob….under stress this was too hard for me….by the time I called someone my husband almost died (3 out of 5)
Life360 by Life360 – 4.4 out of 5, 930 ratings, 76 reviews
Life360 is a smartphone app used by over 50 million people around the world to keep their families safe, together, and in sync.
Random review: I really like having this with Alexa, it is an awesome additional to an already great apps.But, please allow us to turn off the Alexa notifications!My home is lit with seemingly never ending yellow-ring-flashing units as my family comes and goes often.Yes, I can tell Alexa to clear it, but that isn’t the point: it never seems to end because people are always coming and going!I’ve given up and just bask in the warm glow of yellow, pulsing, LEDs. (please make it stop, please?) (3 out of 5)
Damn Girl by Alexi Stavang – 4.3 out of 5, 265 ratings, 42 reviews
This skill provides compliments to brighten your day, make you feel beautiful, and bring out your natural stunning smile!
Random review: Would be great to hear a dude’s voice heaping all the compliments instead. (4 out of 5)
I Love You by Kanika – 4.1 out of 5, 329 ratings, 2 reviews
Say I Love You to Alexa and it responds back with naughty responses. Keep saying I love you to Alexa, sometimes it also loves back, try it out…!!
Random review: cute (5 out of 5)
Shared Thoughts by Fresh Squeezed Publishing – 4.2 out of 5, 175 ratings, 18 reviews
She already knows about you from all the questions you ask. Perhaps you would like to get to know her too.
Random review: It would be nice to be able to ask with more specificity.Like “Alexa, share your thoughts on children”, or “Alexa, share your thoughts on the dodecahedron” (4 out of 5)
How to Say I Love You by SkillsDev – 4 out of 5, 245 ratings, 0 reviews
Are you looking for different ways to express your love? or just want to spice up that love message?Besides saying “I love you”, this “How to Say I Love You” skill is to help you to express your love in different but meaningful and heart-touching ways.Your loved one will hear and feel your message surely and clearly.
Kids Karaoke by Sonnar Interactive LTD – 4.5 out of 5, 37 reviews
First Karaoke for kids with many songs in two versions: with vocals and instrumental.
Random review: Works great, and if you cant get it to stop than you dont know how to use an Alexa. Try “Alexa, stop Kids Karaoke” (5 out of 5)
The Instagram Stories by DanielHillMedia – 5 out of 5, 18 reviews
The Instagram Stories is dedicated to keeping you informed about Instagram, giving you the latest news stories every single day.
Random review: Daniel Hill’s voice came to me this morning as I was listening to Alexa deliver “flash briefing”. I was choosing what types of things Id enjoy hearing or knowing first thing, last night, and I found “the instagram stories”. I wasnt sure exactly what it would be, as to whether or not it would be a centralized highlighting of the instagram feed from me, or who, or what? Daniels voice was relaxed, calm, confident, and pleasurable to hear as he discussed, the question of the day, “how to get 1 billion instagram followers and the differences between business and persononal IG accounts. He described the often uselessness of quantity versus quality”. Id certainly look forward to hearing more from you. I provided my address, so we can continue to communicate more, if interested.
Maybe plan a trip to LA County sometime, and gather some US point of view of this area of the country.
May you have a blessed and happy holiday season. , Sincerely, Michael Bankhead (5 out of 5)
I Love You Too by Digital Pratik – 4.5 out of 5, 22 ratings, 13 reviews
With this romantic skill your flirtatious statements are never far away.
Random review: Great skill for Alexa. My girlfriend loves the quotes. Need more! Nice job. (5 out of 5)
TubeBuddy by TubeBuddy – 4.4 out of 5, 58 ratings, 7 reviews
This Alexa Skill provides real-time statistics and information related to your YouTube channel. After creating an account at TubeBuddy.com and adding your YouTube channel, you can install this Alexa Skill and connect Alexa to TubeBuddy.
Random review: We have a family channel on Youtube NolaDad08. I always like to know how videos are doing since we are small, but I had no idea how much I would check on the numbers when all I had to do was talk into the air! This is great! (5 out of 5)