Heyku is a fascinating—and I think addicting—little iPhone writing app. The premise is simple: write a three-line haiku-like poem at any time and, optionally, share it with the Heyku community, Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.
The simple functionality, appealing visual layout and (optional) prompts distinguish Heyku from other apps that let you quickly share a text note. I’m fascinated by the paradox of choice as it relates to creativity and the seemingly contradictory power of artificial limitations to stimulate creative freedom. Heyku and Vine take advantage of this paradox as does—in its own way—Twitter.
Heyku is a simple app. When you start a new poem (I make no claims for the poetic value of this sample. Don’t judge.) you are asked to enter one line at a time. You are given an optional prompt which you can refresh for another or you can choose the free text option to hide it. In either case, you are given five words per line (rather than the popular-but-wrong 5-7-5 syllable structure):
Then on to the next line:
And finally the third:
Before you finalize and, if you want, publish your poem you have an option to drag words around and/or add a photo:
Heyku provides a limited suite of common tags—such as #morning, #moment, #though and #haiku—if you share with the Heyku community (available only through the app) and, of course, you can customize with a note if you share to other services, such as Instagram.