Social networking has taken the world by storm. Everything our friends, family, co-workers and mere acquaintances do is broadcast across the Internet in a variety of mediums, keeping us up-to-date on what they’re doing, where they’re doing it and whom they’re doing it with. We are constantly inundated with so much superfluous information (and dishing out so much of it ourselves) that our heads are bound to spin like a tornado sooner or later.
But with Hellotxt, the free social networking service by Buongiorno, users can access over 50 social networking and Web 2.0 sites within a single application on their iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Available via web, mobile Internet and Smartphone applications, users can link Hellotxt to all of their preferred social networks, easing the flow of incoming and outgoing information. (Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, WordPress, LiveJournal, Blogger, Flickr, Blip.fm, Tumblr – Hellotxt truly deserves bragging rights when it comes to how many networking sites fall under their service umbrella.
Highly recommended for anyone from those just becoming familiar with social networking, to the seasoned social networking gurus, Hellotxt presents a beautifully streamlined app with a simplistic layout that minimizes clutter and truly makes your networking experience as clean and neat as Hellotxt’s color scheme. Upon startup, users must initially register with the quick and easy form that appears. Then, once you have established yourself, the main screen will appear, allowing you access to Post, My Feed, Settings and Networks. There is also a bar at the top that allows you to enter your current status effortlessly.
Users will first want to utilize the Networks section so they can begin syncing Hellotxt with all of their preferred social networks. And, because Hellotxt is continuously adding more social networks to their service, users are bound to discover sites that they have never even heard of, opening not only the door of convenience, but the door of opportunity as well. Social networking has become such a fast building trend; you never know where (or to whom) it might lead you.
With the My Feed section, users can track the news feed of every one of their social networks in a single feed. Every time you log in, the feed will automatically update, showing the latest information. Users can even choose which networks to post their current update to, whether it is all of their connections or only specific ones. Setting contact groups can also help organize who sees certain updates as well.
What makes Hellotxt stand out the most stems from their latest version updates, however. While users are used to being able to post videos and images on their favorite sites, they may now also enjoy the fun addition of doodling your post. Now users can doodle freehand or add clip art to photos before posting. Users may also be accustomed to the idea of sharing their current location within a post. However, users can now also link their location to a map, or receive Places of Interest suggestions as they walk around while using map view (on the iPhone only). And, if Hellotxt weren’t easy enough to use already, users can now break down their news feed into separate categories, utilizing the tab menu feature to view information based on network and account, or view all network updates from a single feed.
As Tom Warren, the head of Hellotxt, said in a recent press release, “We are working hard from a development standpoint to bring Hellotxt into mobile social with a bang. With iPad and iPhone reloaded version, a whole range of new features which are smart and fun have been opened up, and I am happy we continue to innovate while helping Smartphone users manage their online life more easily.” Though I’m not sure what else they can do to lighten everyone’s load even more, I openly await any new updates or features Buongiorno has to offer in the future!
Hellotxt requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.