Whether you’re upgrading to the new OS 6 or getting a new BlackBerry device with OS 6 loaded, you’re going to notice some differences. There’s new icons and apps, and a new look altogether. I thought I’d start introducing you to some of the new features of OS 6.
I realize that OS 6 has been out for a while, but some readers may just be getting familiar with OS 6, especially if you have a device that is upgrading to the OS soon or have recently. Social Feeds is one of my favorite apps on the OS 6. It integrates your social and RSS feeds into one app, but separated into two filters. In the Social Filter you have your Facebook, Twitter, and your BlackBerry Messenger all in one place. If you have a MySpace, it will also incorporate that as well. Social Feeds integrates into your BlackBerry Contact Book as well so you can see the latest with that contact. What I really like is the ability to update all your networks at once using one tool, much like SocialScope, except you have more you can update such as your BlackBerry Messenger.
When you click on the top of Social Feeds after you’ve set it up, your Social Networks appear. You can choose to see them separate. It will allow you to scroll sideways through them as you can do in the latest version of BlackBerry App World. If you click the Options button you will see New Post, Refresh, Options, and Help. If you click New Post, then you have the choice of which networks you would like update your status with, allowing you to choose one, a few, or all. All from one place.
Help has About Social Feeds, Feed Options, Social application feeds, RSS feeds, Provide Feedback, and the Legal notice.
Options has the Display: You choose which Integrated Applications to check, what Notification Settings you’d like, Row Height, and what the Enter Key will do. There’s Software Update to choose the latest Social Feeds upgrade, and RSS Options which is how you want your RSS feeds displayed.
RSS Filter is where you can add more RSS feeds so that you can see the news that you’d like. Clicking on the top allows you to see them separated, scrolling sideways to see the feeds. I really love how easy it is to use, and how easy it is to update from the app itself.
I don’t really use the RSS feeds as much from the Social Feeds came out, especially since BlackBerry Released the News Feeds App and I was able to bring my Viigo account into it and keep the RSS feeds I read the most.
You can read more about Social Feeds on the Inside BlackBerry Blog here. They give a detailed account from the development aspect.
How many of you use Social Feeds and like it or dislike it and why? I’d like to know your opinions on it.