Long-awaited Seesmic app hits iPhone

May 24, 2010
Tech

Fans of the desktop program Seesmic, which integrates Facebook and Twitter, have watched as developers released a mobile version of the program for Android and Blackberry. But, the wait is over for Apple afficianados now that Seesmic offers up customizable spaces, which you can link to multiple Twitter accounts, Twitter searches, trending topics or lists, or […]

Fans of the desktop program Seesmic, which integrates Facebook and Twitter, have watched as developers released a mobile version of the program for Android and Blackberry. But, the wait is over for Apple afficianados now that Seesmic offers up customizable spaces, which you can link to multiple Twitter accounts, Twitter searches, trending topics or lists, or Facebook or Ping.FM accounts, to make keeping track of your social network simple. Ping.FM, which was acquired by Seesmic earlier this year, can update to a multitude of networks including MySpace, Flickr, LinkedIn, Blogger and Tumblr. The main splash screens are always accessible through the icon in the upper left corner, but you can also swipe between spaces.

Seesmic also offers integration with the file-syncing app Evernote. Since there is no Instapaper or Read It Later support, the access to Evernote makes it easy to store messages for later reference without clogging your email inbox.

Although Seesmic makes it easy to keep on top of the various goings on in your social hemisphere, I did find some areas of the app to be lacking. Now that pull-to-refresh has become so common, Seesmic’s pull-down-and-tap refresh method feels outdated. The updating feature offers built-in link shortening, as well as the options to add photos or geotags, but doesn’t include a contact database. Because the app updates Facebook and Twitter from the same window, including contacts would be hard to do, but to really serve as an adequate Twitter updater, an @ directory is necessary. On your Twitter timeline, you can’t see who has retweeted something without tapping the tweet; however there is a separate viewing screen for just retweets, which I can’t recall seeing in other apps. It doesn’t appear that Seesmic can accommodate more than one Facebook account either—not great for users who run fan pages.

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The good news is that Seesmic thrives on user input, so chances are, the app will be five-star worthy in the near future.

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