Young or old, it seems like the whole world is on social media now telling anyone who want’s to listen all about what they had for lunch or any other earth shattering molecule of news they have. Every social media network has it’s own official app but there is also a myriad of third party apps if you don’t fancy what the official apps offer. Then you get the multi network apps that connect to more than one source making your account management easier (or at least that is the idea). There are also a gazillion widgets you can install letting you read your feeds and post directly from your homescreens and these again come in single and multi network flavours.
As you can imagine with all the above options coming up with something original and fresh can be a challenge, but Quick Social seem to have managed it. Quick Social targets a single area of using your social networks, posting. There are no feeds, no notifications, no viewing content of any kind. What you do get is a fast accessible way to post to Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus.
Quick Social sits in your notification bar ready to post whenever you want regardless of what app you are using at the time. The posting window simply pops up and allows you to enter text and post images and once done disappears to let you carry on with the doubtless important work you are doing.
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Preparing the app for use is an easy, straight forward affair. The opening screen gives you options to enable Quick Social, start on boot, turn the notification to transparent and to have the keyboard open automatically when going to post. the whole thing is self explanatory as is the setup for each of the three supported accounts (Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus). There is also a page to enable Quick Share which allows you to post to all three (or however many you have setup) at the one time however this option is only available on the paid version.
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If you want to post an update to any of the networks covered, or all at once if you have the paid version you only need access to your navigation bar. Pull it down from any app and you will see the Quick Social persistent notification with a share button for all and each of the networks. Tap the option you want and a posting window will ‘float’ above your screen enabling you to enter text and link an image. Once your update is complete just tap post and your status will be updated and the window will close allowing you to carry on with what you were doing. It is worth noting that certain apps such as camera’s and some games don’t give you access to the notification bar.
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Quick Social fills a particular hole for a certain kind of person. If you like to blindly post updates to any of the supported networks or if you find yourself in positions where you want post a link or something you are reading from an app or website then Quick Social is ideal, if on the other hand you like to peruse you feeds replying to a post here and there with the occasional status update then there are many other apps which will suit your need better. That said, what it does it does well, it is simple and intuitive to use and is always there when you need it.
The app comes in two versions, a free add supported version that only allows you to post to a single network at a time and also pushes a full screen add every time you use it or a very reasonably priced version (61p) which not only removes the adds, but also allows you to post the same update including any images to all networks at the same time. Because of the adds I would have to say that the free version should only really be treated as a trial version but the price of the full version is so cheap, a purchase is a must if the app suits your needs. My only gripe is that it would be handy if rather than posting to all, you could select just two of the three if needed, Twitter and G+ for example.