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Expand Your Professional Network w/ the LinkedIn Android App

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 in Social, Top Rated Apps | 1 comment

LinkedIn for Android has finally arrived after months of development/beta testing.

  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Size: 1.16MB (no apps2SD)
  • Category: Social
  • Price: Free



If you’re not familiar with LinkedIn, it is a social networking site for professionals, focused on career development and job opportunities.

The LinkedIn Android app let’s you login to and manage your account. The “Updates” section displays the latest stream of network updates including new connections, recommendations, and recent position changes. Also, you can easily view and message people you’re connected with in the “Connections” section.

If you’d like to expand your professional network, check out the “Reconnect” section where you’ll find the list of people who you might know (compiled based on your company, position, and established connections). For individuals you know and/or have worked with in the past, use the invite button to add them. If not, remove them from the list with the x-button. You can also use the search feature to find a specific person.

Overall, this app is a great start to what has been a long-time coming. The user-interface is extremely well organized and makes account management a breeze.

Pros:

  • Stay on top of your professional network and personal connections
  • Includes essential features like reading/replying to messages & invitations, searching and viewing profiles, updating your status, etc.
  • Streamlined layout and interface enhances usability



Areas for improvement:

  • Contact syncing directly to address book
  • Ability to update/edit profile information including your profile picture
  • Options for enabling notifications



Conclusion: Hands down the best way to build and strengthen your professional career, and almost entirely with just this Android app.

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TweetDeck, the Ultimate Social Dashboard

Posted on Oct 14, 2010 in Social, Top Rated Apps | 1 comment

TweetDeck is a complete social dashboard uniting your Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and Google Buzz accounts.

  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 623KB
  • Category: Social
  • Price: Free



To begin, setup all of your accounts that you would like consolidated with TweetDeck. Conveniently, this includes the ability to add multiple Twitter accounts. Once you have everything setup, you’ll find your comprehensive feed in the “Home” column. Then, you’ll see replies, comments, likes, and retweets in your “Me” column. With the Foursquare integration you can retrieve full details on check-ins, venues, and their respective mapped locations.

For instant access to the people you care about most, make sure to add them inside your quick access panel (the silhouette icon in the bottom toolbar). Also, if you’re curious about what is going on around you, use the Live Geodata feed (the compass icon).

This app gives you the control and freedom to post messages across all your platform accounts, or just one. Additionally, you don’t have to worry about signing in each time you want to post something, TweetDeck takes care of this for you.

Pros:

  • Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Google Buzz all in one spot
  • UI that facilitates reading, differentiation of account feeds
  • Fast!
  • Quick access to your most important people



Areas for improvement:

  • Enable column reordering
  • LinkedIn, Twitlonger, Facebook message support
  • Scrollable, enhanced widget options



Conclusion: An easy contender for the top social networking Android app. It’ll only get better from here!

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Groupick Solves Your Unanswered Questions

Posted on Aug 24, 2010 in Social, Top Rated Apps | 1 comment

Groupick let’s you post questions and pick answers about anything! Can’t decide on something and want the opinion of the Android community? Ask the group!

  • Version: 0.23
  • Size: 348KB
  • Category: Social
  • Price: Free



The point of Groupick is to get your unanswered questions resolved and to help others make decisions too. One of the coolest features is that you can use images as answers. So if you’re unsure which dessert is the yummiest (see below), snap a picture of the options and let the group decide.

Once you’ve voted on a question, you can rate it out of 5 stars. Also, you’ll instantly be able to see the percentage (and # of votes) for the answer you selected. For more detailed results and to view posted comments, click the graph/quote-bubble icon. To move onto the next question, click the next button.

In the top right corner of the app, you’ll see how many points you’ve earned thus far. You can increase your standing by voting, asking questions, and commenting. If you’d like to pose a question, you’ll need to signup for a Groupick account (not required for voting/viewing results).

This app is relatively new and its value will grow exponentially as the number of participants increases. The more votes on a single question, the more confidence you can have in the answer (if you’re looking to go with the majority of course).

Pros:

  • Quick way to collect a large number of opinions
  • Ability to share questions via Facebook, Twitter, etc.
  • Well implemented concept



Areas for improvement:

  • Ability to search/filter questions based on various categories/tags
  • Graphical results are small/hard to read
  • Increased responsiveness between questions



Conclusion: An exciting, well executed app that will help you resolve those annoying, unanswered questions. Download and add your 2¢.

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Miso Makes TV & Movies Social

Posted on Aug 21, 2010 in Social, Top Rated Apps | comment

Miso makes watching TV & movies social.

  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 0.90MB
  • Category: Social
  • Price: Free



Miso let’s you see what your friends and others are watching and then comment, like, and chat about your favorite shows. This app is to TV like Foursquare/Gowalla is to business locations. You can check-in to shows that your are currently watching and earn badges as you go. You can see what others are saying about the hottest shows, and might even get hooked on a new series in the process.

When you first startup, you’ll want to go into the friends page and try to find or invite friends to get on Miso. Conveniently, you can use your Facebook, Twitter, or contact lists to get this done. The app has an extremely attractive UI that is very easy to navigate. There is your stream which contains all of your friends check-ins, comments, badges, etc. in real-time. You can view the trending TV shows & movies that are most popular across all Miso users.

Pros:

  • A new take on the social check-in type apps
  • Discover the most watched TV shows and what’s being said about them
  • Slick, fast UI



Areas for improvement:

  • Ability to add unlisted shows
  • Breaking up a show into specific episodes would make commentary/check-ins more specific



Conclusion: Overall, Miso is an interesting take on the social check-in type apps, although it does feel like it needs something a little more (maybe because there is no validation type process like GPS for location-based check-ins). If you’re a TV & movie buff though, definitely give it a shot!

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Share Photos, Contacts, Apps w/ Bump

Posted on Aug 14, 2010 in Social, Top Rated Apps | comment

Bump makes sharing photos, contacts, and apps as easy as bumping phones together!

  • Version: 1.2.11
  • Size: 525KB
  • Category: Social
  • Price: Free



Bump is a very “handy” app to have installed on your Android phone and is even compatible with iPhones.

How to use:

  • Open Bump on both phones
  • Gently bump hands together
  • Confirm the exchange



It’s really as easy as that. For each media type you can transfer, there is a tab with a button to “attach” files to it. Just attach everything you want to transfer at once and bump away. Make sure you’re either connected to 3G or WiFi if you’re doing many items at once, otherwise it may take quite awhile to complete.

Pros:

  • Quickly transfer multiple photos, contacts, and apps
  • Compatible with iPhone
  • Very easy to use



Areas for improvement:

  • Support for documents and other file types (e.g. Music) is a must



Conclusion: An app with a great concept that you will surely use.

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