With so many social networks and cloud storage services out there, it can become ridiculously hard to manage them all. Many of us are trying to be everywhere at once, while others just wish everyone else would make up their minds where the best virtual hangout is. Some are torn between their Facebook and Twitter friends, or can’t decide whether to post that photo on Instagram or Photobucket. It can all become overwhelming very fast.
Fortunately, a number of developers have had these same thoughts and aimed to help consolidate your life in the cloud. There are apps that help you post to multiple networks at the same time, apps that let you see all your friends social activity in one place, apps that help you collaborate with colleagues regardless of what tools they choose, and even apps to help you keep your own content in order. This post will highlight a few of these to help you make the most of your life in the cloud.
Hootsuite is the app of choice for many who look to straddle multiple social networks. It supports integration with LinkedIn, Foursquare, Twitter and Facebook. Hootsuite is considered one of the best clients for social media professionals, but is also extremely useful for the average person looking for a multi-social app.
I’ve used Hootsuite for years both on Android and on the web. Even when trying out other clients, specifically for Twitter, it simply can’t be beat for its reliability, clean interface, and ability to post to Facebook and LinkedIn. It also lets you schedule posts for later, post photos, and automatically shorten links.
CloudMagic is an awesome little search app that digs through all your social networks, cloud storage accounts, emails, and chats in order to help you find exactly what you might be looking for. It’s almost ridiculous how many different types of accounts you can add and there is no limit to the number of each type of account.
This app is amazingly fast for what it does. As an example, you could search for a specific name and find all social media updates, messages, emails, and documents related to that person which happen to be stored in your personal cloud. CloudMagic is an absolutely impressive app which helps keep your cloud manageable.
The most well-known social photo-sharing app around, Instagram, is also an excellent choice for sharing your photos across multiple social networks. Instagram allows you to take photos with your camera or pick existing ones from your gallery, apply fancy filters, then share these filtered photos with your friends.
Of course, in addition to the Facebook-owned Instagram network, you can share you photos to your other social homes as well. These include: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Foursquare. Even if the filters don’t tickle your fancy, Instagram is still one of the best apps around for general photo sharing across your social networks.
The primary function of the Buffer app is to schedule social updates for later. It directly supports Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. It claims to be the “most efficient social sharing app to post to facebook and Twitter.” In my own uses, Buffer works very well for this function.
In addition to its built-in social networks, Buffer works extremely well with a large number of other social and news reading apps. This makes it easy to share to multiple networks from your favorite apps using Buffer as a sort of add-on. The added function of having these updates spaced out throughout the day is very useful for those who tend to read and share a lot.
If you have ever dreamed of accessing all of your photos across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and your Android’s own gallery in one place, then EVERY is the app for you. It provides a simple tabbed interface to see the photos your friends are posting on your favorite photo social networks. EVERY displays the photos in a clean grid format, which makes it easy to scan through them and find the ones you like.
You can also comment and like the photos in each group respectively. EVERY has a nice interface, but it would be cool if it actually put all the photos from all sources in one place. I also ran into some issues with commenting, which I’m not sure are related to my keyboard.
Price: Free Requires: Android 2.2 or above Google Play Link:EVERY Developer:Picus Team
I had heard of Scope before this post, but never tried it out. For someone who often tries to be everywhere at once, this was a huge mistake. Scope is one of the best apps I’ve seen yet for integrating the major social networks in one place. Scope supports Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.
The interface is broken up into Hubs, Streams, and More. These allow you to view everything by social network, checkins, photos, and similar categories. It displays most content within the app and dumps whatever it can’t handle to your mobile browser. It’s been insanely useful and will likely be one of my primary apps from here on.
TweetDeck is another one of my favorites for accessing Twitter and Facebook. It’s primarily a Twitter account, much like Hootsuite, but allows you to keep tabs on and post to Facebook. It also supports Foursquare.
With its smooth and clean interface, Tweetdeck provides a pleasing interface for interacting with your social networks. One thing to note about Tweetdeck is that it hasn’t been updated in quite some time (it still highlights support for Google Buzz, for instance) so you may run into glitches.
Flipboard is primarily well-known for being the prettiest app for reading your favorite content on just about every mobile device. The interface is clean and simple and you can easily add whatever sources you want to keep track of.
Where Flipboard gets multi-social is in the ability to add content streams from your social networks like Twitter, Facebook, Google+, SoundCloud and more. It also provides Like and Comment integration with these networks and the ability to easily share items you’re reading back to them.
You may see a pattern emerging here. Seesmic is also another app which is primarily a Twitter client, but also supports Facebook. Seesmic is not one that I’ve used much in the past, but it’s still one of the best out there.
Seesmic has a clean look to it with minimal distractions and allows you to post to multiple Twitter and Facebook accounts. One of the more unique features is the ability to pretty much link any feature of the app from your home screen. For instance, a shortcut to your Twitter mentions or a shortcut to immediately post to Facebook.
Yasoom is an interesting take on the Facebook-Twitter-Foursquare theme. It provides a unified stream to access posts from all three services. You can also checkin simultaneously on Foursquare and Facebook.
Yasoom has two features that I found pretty cool. The first in the ability to turn on notifications on a per-user basis so you can keep tabs on your most important contacts. The other is the ability to bookmark your spot in your feed so you don’t lose your place when you come back to the app.
Pixable is another app that I was pleasantly surprised by. Everybody knows photos are what’s hot. They catch your attention. Pixable grabs all photos posted by your friends across your favorite social networks and puts them in one place.
The coolest part about Pixable is that it doesn’t simply give you a list of photos. It organizes the photos so that you can find the most popular/trending ones for each of your social networks. It also has a section for new profile pics, so you can stay ahead of the curve when people change their faces.
Hojoki is an app that I’m glad to have come across. It literally attempts to connect all of your cloud apps data in one place. Everything from Twitter to Google docs is accessible in one interface. In addition to the Android app, there is a web app available which made it a lot easier to add all of my various accounts.
Hojoki is the real deal if you do a lot of collaboration with others and/or work with teams. It includes collaboration services like Salesforce Chatter and Basecamp along with storage services like Box, Skydrive, and Dropbox. This helps you get a clear idea of what everyone is talking about as well as what they’re working on.
Beanstalk is a smooth little app that doesn’t really aim to integrate your clouds as much as it tries to help you move between them. Its simple interface lets you access your files on your local SD, Dropbox, Box, and Skydrive. You can download files to your device from the cloud services and also move files between these four locations. To be honest, I had not thought I needed such an app until I started playing with it. It’s definitely worth having in your toolbox.
Price: Free Requires: Android 3.1 or above Google Play Link:Beanstalk Developer:Nimbus
Antek Explorer is probably one of the best file managers for your Android device. It provides themeability, builtin viewers, and a flexible layout. Why is it in this post? It also lets you integrate your cloud services.
By downloading an additional plugin, you can integrate services like Box, Dropbox, and Skydrive. These blend into the interface just like another folder or device within the file manager. Once you have the plugins, the integration is pretty much seamless and you can copy, move or edit files and folders easily.
ZeroPC Photo is another app aimed at aggregating all your photos from all your social networks. The ZeroPC Photo is visually more intricate and detailed than other similar apps. On the other hand, it’s missing some of the organization you might find in its competitors. After connecting a few services, I was left with one huge list of photos sorted in a huge timeline. I was surprised to see that it had not grouped my photos in any way nor created any default albums to help pick through them. There is also no interaction with your social networks beyond importing the photos.
Primadesk is another app which aims to bring all of your cloud presences together by offering support for over 25 services. The main draw for Primadesk is their global search across all these services.
While Primadesk is similar to a few other apps, I found the interface to be a bit weird in some places. This was especially true for photos and when trying to open documents from Google Drive. Still, the fully indexed search across multiple services worked well.
It might seem odd to have an app from a storage company in this post, but Memory Zone from SanDisk has a few tricks up its sleeve. In addition to showing you the storage available on your SD card, you can also connect your cloud services.
It’s pretty cool to see your internal available storage side-by-side with your cloud services. While you can also browse your files and photos from the app, I found the interface here a bit awkward. You also cannot easily transfer anything between clouds.
FolderSync Lite is a file manager that also integrates a number of cloud services. The interface is your average tabbed variety, allowing you to easily switch between your physical storage and cloud storage accounts. You can also copy between your cloud accounts, which is a convenient feature. FolderSync also has a Pro version which allows you to add an unlimited number of accounts (the Lite version only allows two) while also featuring Tasker/Locale integration to personalize your data syncs.
Woven is a multi-service app that is all about photos. The interface is actually somewhat similar to Pixable. After connecting your social and photo accounts, Woven grabs all your images and displays them in a nice and simple interface. The primary focus, even as you browse the interface, is the photos themselves.
While Pixable sets itself apart by helping you find the most relevant and popular photos across your networks, it has a key feature called Thread which aims to bring you relevant photos from the past. Woven is also different in that it only shows photos you’ve posted, not photos others in your network have posted.
The idea behind CloudAround is pretty interesting. If you store your music on services like Amazon S3 or Dropbox, CloudAround lets you seamlessly play it from your Android. The interface is impressive and the concept works pretty well. The only limitation, of course, is that you must put your music on something like Google Drive or Dropbox. It does not (and likely cannot) integrate with services like Amazon MP3 or Google Music.
Similar to Flipboard as far as social goes, Taptu allows you to integrate feeds from all your favorite sources and stay up-to-date in one place including feeds from your social networks. All your items stay synced up between all mobile devices.
Taptu is interactive, so you can view and post content from your social networks. You can also “DJ Your News” by mixing and merging your existing streams. The search feature also helps with finding specific topics and keywords within your social networks.
Path is the intimate little social network you never knew you wanted to be a part of. The general goal is to focus on a “beautiful design experience” with only your closest friends and relatives. While you may not want to join yet another social network, the real beauty of Path is that you can easily share your posts to your more general networks like Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. You can also easily share photos and checkin via Facebook and Foursquare. However, the integration is only one-way, so you won’t see posts from friends outside of Path.
Price: Free Requires: Android 2.1 or above Google Play Link:Path Developer:Path, Inc.
PicPush is an extremely simple app that does one thing very well and that is upload photos. If you take and share lots of photos to multiple services, this app allows you to do it in one shot. It currently supports Facebook, Flickr, Shutterfly, PhotoBucket, SmugMug, Gallery and Picasa. You may notice no Instagram and that’s because this app seems more geared towards photofiles. You cannot view or otherwise interact with photos using PicPush. It simply sits in the background and uploads new photos.
Price: Free Requires: Android 2.1 or above Google Play Link:PicPush Developer:350 Nice
Banjo is a unique social networking mashup. Rather than simply being able to dump all your items in one place and view their streams, Banjo aims to provide a location context to your friends’ updates. Instead of a bunch of streams, you’re presented with a list of locations. Your friends are sorted by location so that you can see what they are doing in different places around the world.
You can also get a clearer picture of who is nearby you and what they’re doing. If you ever leave the house with intentions of interacting with people in real life, this is probably the app for you.
Price: Free Requires: Android 2.2 or above Google Play Link:Banjo Developer:Banjo Inc
If you’re looking for ways to consolidate your virtual presence and documents, there are certainly more apps out there, but this list should get you started. If you know of other apps that allow you to access and integrate several cloud services and social networks together, let us know in the comments.