For my first installment (YAY) I’m talking about Scope (formerly Social Scope). This app seems insane at first and scary and complicated, but once you get the hang of it, here’s what it can offer you:
A dashboard where you can view all your Social Networking account streams, notifications AND messages under one app. Also, you will be able to post updates from the app. The app is currently in Alpha and not yet released t the public, but you can request an invite, I requested one and it took 5 minutes for the invite code to come through.
This app is actually a revamp of an older app SocialScope and I am loving the revamp
So down to the actual review.
The screenshot below shows the app’s ‘Dashboard’, by clicking on any of the headings under Personal Streams’ you will be taken to that stream. Selecting ‘All activity’ will take you to a stream that contains ALL your streams. I was incredibly startled at first and confused, but you should look out for the little Facebook or Twitter icon and then you’ll easily be able to differentiate the feeds.
What I really like is that they’ve created photo and video ‘streams’. these streams pull updates that contain photos or videos ONLY. I love them. They make my Facebook and Twitter streams look like Picture books.
Also, the Notifications and messages condense all your mentions, notifications and messages in one place. It’s really great because you can respond right there and then.
Currently they are only allowing Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Foursquare and Instagram accounts, but it really seems like enough for me.
I do think the app is a bit cluttered and confusing at first, but it’s all held together with sleek graphics. I really like the user interface,
regardless of where you are in the app you can choose to share an update from the red plus at the bottom of the screen.
HINT: When viewing your stream you can choose to hone in on a network.
I noticed the little grey ‘flower’ in the corner and if you click on it you can choose
specifically whether you would like to view only Facebook, Twitter or another networks updates.
The app is pretty sleek and responsive and can do everything I expect the Twitter
and Facebook app to do. It also has notifications. The notifications are slower
than the Twitter app, but faster than the Facebook app. There is also the ability
to change the sounds and tones of the notifications for the app.
What I could not find was the ‘Restrict updates to Wifi’ button, which should be a
biggy in South Africa.
Overall. I love this app.
The user interface is sleek and it really is easy to control and get the info you want.
All your networks in one place
Out of app notifications
Should you download? DUH! It’s free