App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S and iPad 2
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FeedFriendly is a social media aggregator that integrates Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn newsfeeds into one list on an easy to navigate interface. It tries to set itself apart from other apps similar to it by combining only the three major social media sites, placing updates in a single list so one friend can’t flood your feed and letting users assign priorities to friends so the list can be sorted from the most important updates to the least.
The app is optimized for both the iPad and iPhone so the interface takes advantage of the screen space and it works in both landscape and portrait modes. While FeedFriendly initially only shows one post for each friend, users are able to tap on any of their friends to view all their posts. A separate screen slides out from the right of the iPad screen, but a new screen opens on the iPhone. Users can easily navigate back by swiping right or using the navigation buttons.
From the main screen social media fiends can also sort their newsfeed by date and time, friend name and friend priority. Users may also update their status to all three major social networks at one time, assign a priority to a friend based on a sliding scale and even set the limit of posts per friend.
It is convenient to see feed updates for three networks in one location, but there are a few areas where this app falls short. The feed doesn’t show any pictures that friends post until users touch on the friend’s name to show all their posts. When users wish to see a bigger version of the picture, it opens up the website within the app itself. I was required to sign into my Facebook account again, proving to be a slight inconvenience. Another issue is that the app only supports three social networks. Adding Instagram, Myspace, Flickr, and etc. would make it more beneficial to users who have a myriad of websites that they visit.
Overall, the concept of the app is unique and it aims to set itself apart from others like it. This is a niche that many developers have tried to tackle which means the developers will need to take it up a notch to take on competitors. Meanwhile, the app is on a good start with its low price of less than one dollar. I recommend FeedFriendly to anyone who is looking for a cheap and easy way to combine Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn networks into one location.
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