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Why open four tabs for different social networks when you can get all that information in one place? Feedient brings together your Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube feeds into a single page so that you can see it all in one glance, no tab-switching necessary.

There are two important points to note here though. First, Feedient is currently in open beta. Everyone is free to start using it, but there might be some bugs and a few features might be added later.

Second, Feedient isn’t meant for a power user on any network. Its purpose is to be a dashboard and allow for small interactions. It isn’t meant to replace your preferred social networking client.

What Is Feedient All About?

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To illustrate that point, Twitter is a good example. Feedient looks a lot like TweetDeck, the power user’s online Twitter client Don't Clutter Your Computer: TweetDeck For Chrome Is A Complete In-Browser Social Client Don't Clutter Your Computer: TweetDeck For Chrome Is A Complete In-Browser Social Client If you use Twitter in any capacity, there’s a 75% chance you’re using a client. After all, Twitter’s web interface is not the most convenient, and if you’re keeping track of more than one account,... Read More . It has a series of columns with different feeds for you to read through. Where it differs from Tweetdeck is in the content of those columns.

TweetDeck will give you things to do with Twitter, like a column for your Mentions, another for your Direct Messages, another for Lists, and so on. On the other hand, Feedient will give you just one column for Twitter, and that’s your main timeline. The other columns are meant for other social networks: Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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Adding the accounts is a simple process, and you can add two of the same service too. After that, Feedient will lay them out next to each other in a beautiful set of columns. You can expand any message to see comments or other details, and you can click on media like photos and videos to open up a lightbox for embedded viewing.

Two Things That Make Feedient A Winner

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Design is an important part of any app. Good design makes you want to come back and use the app even if the functionality isn’t everything you want. Bad design will put you off even if it offers more functionality. Feedient is all about reading massive amounts of information and it helps with a spaced-out layout that’s easy on the eyes.

Even though you are looking at four streams of social networks, it never feels overwhelming with Feedient. Plus, you can change the columns around as you like them. I have tried other solutions (like the all-feeds-in-one-place Chrome app OneFeed Lets You Manage Social Networks, Cloud Drives & News Feeds Under One Roof OneFeed Lets You Manage Social Networks, Cloud Drives & News Feeds Under One Roof Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, news, favorite websites, Dropbox, Google Drive, Gmail…. are you out of breath yet? This is just a fraction of the services an average user deals with on a daily basis. How... Read More OneFeed) and never came close to the experience with Feedient.

The other thing that makes Feedient a service worth signing up for is that it’s free. Nope, no free with an asterisk, it’s just completely free for you to use.

Why Feedient Is Not For Power Users

While it’s a fantastic stream of your social feeds, that’s all it is. Feedient is great for the casual user or someone who needs a dashboard, but if you are really into any one of those networks, it’s not going to hold up to the original websites or apps.

Interactions, for instance, are limited. On Twitter, you can hit Retweet and Favorite, as well as reply. On Facebook and Instagram, you can Like and Comment. But weirdly, YouTube does not offer any interaction, not even a thumbs up or down.

Plus, where are the mentions and direct messages and lists on Twitter? How do I see my own profile on Facebook and get personal messages?

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Another biggest miss is in updating posts. It might have a great lightbox to view media, but you can’t upload photos or anything else. It also doesn’t auto-shorten links, for some reason. What this means is that your comments and original posts made from Feedient can be text-only, which takes YouTube and Instagram entirely out of the picture and restricts your Facebook and Twitter severely — especially the latter, since an unshortened link eats into the character count.

And finally, it doesn’t have search. The lesser said about that, the better, but no power user is going to use a service like this without a search box.

A Great Social Dashboard, But For Casual Users

It’s clear that Feedient is meant only for casual users. I initially thought that it would be useful for a power user too, as a way to see all the feeds together, but that’s not the case. As a Twitter power user, Feedient is not a tool I would use to check my timeline or anything else on Twitter.

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However, it does have use for me as a casual Facebook, Instagram and YouTube user. I find that this one page for three social networks is all I want, to know what’s happening with the users and channels I follow there. You can also use RSS notifications to keep up with social networks Keep Up With Your Favourite Social Networks Using RSS Notifications Keep Up With Your Favourite Social Networks Using RSS Notifications Keeping track of the many social networks you're a member of can certainly be a challenging task. Between Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, Flickr, and more, we all probably have at least two or three accounts... Read More , but I find Feedient to be a better option because it allows for some interactions, however basic—that’s not something you get from RSS.

I’ve unlinked my Twitter from Feedient now, and I’d suggest you do the same for whichever social network you use most often. For any two or more social networks that you use casually, Feedient is great.

How do you see yourself using Feedient? Does it save you the bother of switching from one social media to another?

  1. Etescartz
    May 14, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Sorry! No third party services for me (for security reasons). Pinned browser tabs with every social networking site that I use are all i need.
    The more people you tell a secret to, the higher the chances are that it will not be a secret for long. Likewise for passwords.
    No software is perfectly secure, so why make it easy for the hacker? Why give your information away , freely by making it available to so many third parties simultaneously?

  2. Debie
    May 13, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    This sounds awesome! I'm wondering how it compares to NutshellMail...?

  3. Denise E
    May 12, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    Feedient looks like a great tool! If I did use more than one social media thingy, I might consider trying it. Buuut since I am (for a few reasons) trying not to use instagram, and use YouTube quite rarely, it will not change my current social network experience.

    Am gonna recommend this to my brother though!

  4. Xavier
    May 11, 2014 at 10:13 am

    Hello There,

    From the Feedient team I would like to congratulate you on creating such a nice article about Feedient, it has an in depth review of what could be done better and what is good already.

    We would also like to give a little heads-up about the lack of features for power users.

    YouTube: Actions for YouTube are being worked out, this includes the thumbs up and thumbs down actions.
    Twitter Lists: We got custom lists on our roadmap for a long time already, this however is a complicated feature since we do not only want this for Twitter but we want this for all our providers. Please have patience about this while we are working on this feature :)
    Image uploading: Image uploading has been a feature request since the beginning and we are also working on that one.

    We did not have plans for search yet, but we will definitely consider it as a feature.

    Also, if you or any other user have any more ideas / questions / critiques. You can always submit them to our issue board where we will carefully review all the ideas / critiques / questions that have been posted there: http://feedient.uservoice.com/forums/234008-suggestions

    Thank you for this post,

    Greetings,
    The Feedient Team

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