TuneIn has released an update to their TuneIn Radio Android app that not only overhauls the look and feel, it introduces some changes to the way the service works. These changes are part of an effort by the company to become more of a standalone social network platform focused on the online radio shows and stations that users access. Users will find that old methods like “favorite” stations have now been converted to “follows” and users now have access to a personalized feed full of updates. TuneIn will also use your history and the content you are following to suggest stations, shows and categories. TuneIn has also added a feature called “TuneIn Echo” that will let groups access content together. » Read the rest
Twitter will apparently be looking to revamp and push their direct messaging service to compete with other apps like Hangouts, WhatsApp, and Apple’s iMessage in the near future. Considering Twitter is primarily about sharing things with the public, it’s easy to see how their DM system has been pushed to the back for years. Twitter has already been testing the waters by allowing users to message each other without following each other, and they’re also considering a standalone app for the service, similar to Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts.
If Twitter plans on taking this seriously, I think they’re going to find that the market for messaging apps is pretty crowded. They’ll have to contend with Snapchat, which offers extremely private picture messaging, Google’s Hangouts and Apple’s iMessage (and even Samsung’s ChatOn to an extent) that offer cross-platform messaging, Facebook’s already-well-established Messenger app that integrates with text messaging via Chat Heads, the return of BlackBerry’s BBM, WhatsApp, Line, etc… You get the picture. These apps are all too common in the mobile phone market, and only a select few manage to take a top spot and hang on to it.
Coinciding nicely with a recent overhaul and a slew of functionality improvements, Facebook for Android has received yet another update today. This time users can expect support for voice messaging and quicker image rendering. Facebookers can now also share their friends’ stories directly on their own timelines, something that previously could only be done through the desktop site. Grab the full update from the Play Store via the download link below.
An interesting Moto contest has surfaced via Facebook which intends to award $2500, a new DROID RAZR and its various accessories (including HD dock) to a social trailblazer (or Social BLAZR) out there that can tell them, in 100 words or less, how they’ve used social media to grow their personal fan base. The voting phase of this contest starts on November 4th, so head over and share your social media success story today.
Hit the break for a link to this contest via Facebook with its official rules and complete prize list.
GetGlue is everyone’s favorite check-in service for TV shows, Movies, and sports games so wouldn’t it be nice to carry on real-time conversations as well? GetGlue just added the feature, so whether you are watching sports, a reality show, or any other favorite show, you will become part of the real-time conversation. You will see friends who also checked-in and comments from other fans. GetGlue even filters the noise so only interesting comments show.
Along with real-time conversations, they have redesigned the user experience to be more chat-like. You will find a new home screen that is basically a menu that helps you get to where you want quickly, and the check-in flow is now streamlined as it now takes one less screen to check-in.
If you don’t already have GetGlue you have to give it a try. Download links below.
Our lives move quick, and we are following a lot people from different social networks which can get confusing. Poptuit is looking to change that by giving you the power to truly connect and easily share with all the people you care about the most.
You may follow hundreds of people from different sources like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, but the real question is how many do you interact with on a regular basis? Poptuit puts this number at 25 to 50 people, and that includes some local businesses.
With Poptuit you will see all your texts, calls, and other social streams in one feed. You can tap on any one message and you will be taken to their PopPage where you can like it or re-tweet it. You can also share pics, contacts, maps, web pages, and more without jumping between apps.
It seems as though everyone is fighting to be the break-out augmented reality application. Broadcastr joins the party and it just became available in the Android Market. The best way I can describe Broadcastr is it is an audio version of Twitter. Broadcastr is a social media platform for location-based stories. You can record and listen to audio stories associated with a particular location.
Broadcastr debuted in December and was created by Electric Literature co-founders Andy Hunter and Scott Lindenbaum. They describe their service as:
“We tweet. We blog. We YouTube. We connect on Facebook. What about our voices? Now, we broadcast them. Broadcastr is a new Social Media platform. Anyone, anywhere in the world, can record, index, listen to, and share audio via a map-based interface. From the historical to the hysterical, the hilarious to the anecdotal, Broadcastr amplifies all our voices.”
Ever want to just share a video with friends the same way you can with pictures? Socialcam helps you do just that. The app eliminates the need for you to compress a video, reducing its quality or waiting for it to upload to YouTube so you can share the link. Socialcam is brought to us by the popular streaming site, Justin.tv. The app is now available for both the iPhone and Android OS and can be downloaded in the Market now. The UI is nice, crisp, clean and streamlined. It was easy to navigate and set up instantly with all of your favorite social networks like Facebook and Twitter. You can also share your media via SMS or by email. And what would you expect to pay for easy functionality in seamlessly sharing videos? How about the whopping price of nothing? If you’re ready to start sharing all of those videos that have been building up on your SD card with nowhere to go, then head on over to the Android Market for the download and don’t forget to leave us a comment or two on what you think of the app.