Social Works not a friendly iPhone app

Oct 27, 2009
Tech

If you are the typical social network user, you probably have several profiles across multiple social networks.  Accessing them all can be a chore, especially if you have a mobile device with limited functionality.  Social Works has created an iPhone app that combines multiple social networks into its browser, with the goal of simplifying the […]

If you are the typical social network user, you probably have several profiles across multiple social networks. 

Accessing them all can be a chore, especially if you have a mobile device with limited functionality.  Social Works has created an iPhone app that combines multiple social networks into its browser, with the goal of simplifying the process for the average social networking user. 

With the Social Works iPhone app,  you are presented a homepage with logos for several major social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Digg and YouTube. There are also links for news and media outlets, such as Yahoo and Cnet.  The search engine is provided by Microsoft’s Bing.

For each network you initially access through Social Works’ homepage, you will need to provide your username and password.  This way, Social Works becomes a single access point for multiple networks.  Check email, view friend requests and photo albums.  To access a different network, you will need to return back to the homepage.

This necessity to return back to the homepage makes Social Works a bit cumbersome to use.  It does not entirely relieve the need to do a similar action were you to simply return to your iPhone home screen.  Most iPhone users already have these same apps on their home screen, and have the added benefit of receiving notifications.

Social Works enables reminders, which can be set by number and assigned to a particular network.  This is not an easy feature to use and has little purpose.

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