Social media invades our world, and each day there are people looking for a quicker, easier way to update their status or share something with their friends on Facebook and Twitter. Others love being able to pass the time on the bus or in a waiting room checking out the feeds on both sites.
TweetDeck has always been a great place to accomplish this, an app acquired by Twitter last year. However, there's always room for improvement, and along came Hudld, a service similar to TweetDeck in that it integrates Twitter and Facebook giving you the power to manage and check both accounts in one app and the power to add up to 60 accounts, offering up a single timeline for your viewing pleasure.
Similarities to TweetDeck
As previously stated, both apps integrate your Twitter and Facebook accounts into one big social media party. This really makes it quick to see what's going on without having to bounce from app to app. Each app also allows you to add multiple accounts. Add up to 30 Twitter accounts and up to 30 Facebook accounts for a grand total of 60 accounts on Hudld, while TweetDeck allows for an unlimited number of accounts.
Both offer features such as auto-completion for @ names and # tags, notification alerts, and messaging. Retweeting is also supported, although it is much simpler in Hudld. Simply tap the retweet button right in the post, where TweetDeck forces you to first tap the post you wish to retweet or favorite.
What's Different in Hudld
The most noticeable difference is Hudld's interface. It's easier on the eyes and involves a lot more features for Facebook than TweetDeck offers, and is a lot easier to navigate. Where TweetDeck offers the option to customize columns in order to better organize your feed, Hudld does not. Hudld is one big feed with option buttons across the bottom, negating the need for organizational columns.
What Hudld does offer is a Facebook or Twitter icon next to each post or tweet, making it easy to decipher what network the post belongs to. TweetDeck distinguishes between the two also but it isn't as easy to pick up on which is which, giving the background behind a tweet a black color and a Facebook status a blueish-greyish-black color. The similarity in color served as a source of great confusion when I first started using TweetDeck.
Not only does Hudld list your Facebook and Twitter feeds in one place, you can also see comments and likes, upload photos, moderate comments, and even tag friends. When you tap on a friend's post in your Hudld feed, you can choose to add a comment, view that friend's profile, or even send him or her a message. The same applies to a tweet, only you are given the additional option to follow/unfollow the author.
Hudld plans on adding LinkedIn and Google+ integration down the road, as well as RSS feeds and Facebook messaging. Check it out in the App Store, currently ad-supported and available for free. Soon however, an in-app purchase option will offer users the ability to make these ads disappear.