Social Networking

eGether public beta launches: new social media hub

If there's one thing Android Community proves, it's the importance of social networks and how useful they can be for sharing information. We've just launched a new, collaborative social portal intended to bring together consumers, members of the press, PR professionals and analysts, and make sharing news and projects more straightforward. It's called eGether. eGether takes the best elements of Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube and combines them into a straightforward, immediate social hub. The central concept is of status updates and pitches: the former are short news blasts and photos, whereas the latter are longer pieces that can include image and video content (either hosted on eGether or on YouTube), documents and hyperlinks. Unlike Facebook there's no need for users to friend each other in order to get access to pitches, and the character limits are more generous than Twitter to make sure you have the space you need to make your elevator pitch. We've got big plans for the evolution of eGether, and we'd love to hear your feedback. Signing up is free and straightforward and we've been working hard to make the interface as usable as possible. Check out the video demo below for more information. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN6r5qu5UhE[/youtube]

Locle Friend finder for Android

An Irish company called Locle has announced its new social networking service for the Android platform. The service is also reportedly available for the iPhone as well. The Locle platform allows a new Friend Finder app to operate.

Facebook for Android hits Market

We're hearing from multiple Android Community members that a new Facebook application has arrived in the Android Market.  The app seems pretty spartan at present, but does allow access to walls, posting of statuses and commenting. There's also a homescreen widget, which allows for posting status updates and browsing those updates of friends.  Meanwhile a live folder can be used to access phone numbers stored through Facebook. No chat, though, nor many of the features iPhone users have been enjoying, but it's a start at least.  The app's development page on Facebook suggests that this isn't, in fact, an official app, and the early feedback isn't entirely positive, but the software itself has only just landed in the Android Market so maybe we'll see more advances after the feedback continues.  Check out the video demo here. [Thanks to everyone who sent this in; screenshots courtesy ggrant3876]
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