I’m not a fan of the Facebook app, and I’m pretty positive I’m not the only one who feels this way. I’ve had to delete and download it more times than I can count thanks to constant crashing, and while the interface is fine, I’d expect more out of a company with that kind of money.
So when other equally priced (aka free) options come along, I pay attention. What’s On Your Mind, designed by Glm Global LLC, claims to allow you to “use Facebook as Twitter.” While I’m not sure what that is supposed to mean exactly – perhaps that it displays status updates in a fashion similar to tweets? – it does allow you to easily post updates, photos and videos to your Facebook page.
On the main menu, you can tap “Custom” to write and post your own update. You can also tap “Twitter trends,” which pulls up the six most recent tending topics and inserts them in your Facebook status update. The “Say It Loud” feature is interesting; enter a title, choose whether you want your location published, enter any tags, then tap “Record” to create a message of up to 30 seconds. You can play it back before uploading it your page – a feature that, as far as I know, is not offered on the Facebook app.
Then there’s all the options for those who love posting updates just to post them. I am not one of those people. However, the posts are fun to browse through. In addition to several prompts, such as “The truth is…” or “…is driving me insane,” there are dozens of complete “Funny Statuses,” some funny, some sort of funny and some outright offensive and obviously intended to get comments. Which, of course, is all some people want.
By tapping “My Posts” at the bottom, you can see all of your posts and comments (though not “likes”), or you can try “Friend Posts” to see everyone else’s updates. And here is one of What’s On Your Mind’s coolest features – tap “Album View” and stick your iPhone in its dock (optional) to watch a real-time sort of slideshow of status updates. There’s even a stop/play button at the bottom so you can pause on specific updates. And if watching updates flow by is truly your ideal form of entertainment, you can tap “Playlist” at the top to create a list of songs to accompany your update slideshow.
Simply because it appears less prone to crashing than the Facebook app, I’ll most likely be using this one for regular updates in the future. It strikes me as being a particularly good app for anyone for whom posting updates is mandatory, regardless of having anything important to say.
What’s On Your Mind [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.