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FriendIn: Bringing your social network contacts into one app

August 31, 2012

It seems that as our mobile devices become more sophisticated, the less we actually keep in touch with our real-life contacts. Sure, we can keep updated on what happens to peoples’ lives through Facebook or Twitter, but it just isn’t the same. App developers have decided to fix this by putting together apps that help us stay connected with the people who matter to us. Not too long ago, we covered a caller ID app that made sure you could keep in touch with your social network contacts effortlessly. Today, we’re looking at another app that helps us discover more about our friends.

With the number of social networking sites out there, it isn’t uncommon for us to post something on one site that we’ll never share to others. It might be because that information doesn’t concern your Facebook friends or you might want to announce a bit of information only to your Twitter friends. But, for the people who want to keep in touch with you, that’s a little tedious. They’ll have to check each and every social networking site they’re part of. FriendIn by Wondershare Software, however, makes it easy for you to stay in touch with your friends.

Before you start using the app, you can log in to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. You can also log in to Yahoo and Gmail. Doing so allows the app to collect all your contacts’ information and matches it with your local address book. Bring up any of your contacts and you’ll be able to see their current occupation, their current workplace, their birthday, latest social network activities, and their interests and education.

But, that’s not all that FriendIn can give you. Swipe to the left and you can see your contacts’ updates on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. If you swipe to the left again, you can send them an e-mail and see all the e-mails associated with a contact. Swipe to the right and you can send your contact an SMS or call that contact.

Sometimes your friend’s contact information will appear several times, one entry being from Facebook, another from Twitter and maybe another one from LinkedIn. Right after you start the app, you might be overwhelmed by how many address book entries you actually have but don’t panic. You can slowly go through your address book and merge your friends’ accounts manually.

Are you bad with dates? You’ll never forget a birthday because FriendIn informs you of when your friend’s birthday is by putting it on your notification bar. Tap on your friend’s entry and you can post a birthday greeting on her or his Facebook wall, tweet your good wishes, or send your friend a message over LinkedIn.

While testing FriendIn on my HTC Sensation, I ran into a few minor snags. When I was checking a contact’s address book entry, I had some trouble loading her current Facebook updates even if I already logged into Facebook. There were some contacts whose updates I managed to get while others had me tapping the Refresh button repeatedly. FriendIn also downloads your e-mails, but mine seemed to get stuck at 99%. Not even restarting the phone helped this. I’m hoping that the developers will fix these snags because they do not allow the user to fully experience FriendIn’s abilities.

Consolidate your friends and families’ updates and contact information in one place with the FriendIn app. You can download it for free from the Google Play Store and it doesn’t come with ads.