Taptu: The Blessing and Curse of Everything In One Place

I’ve just started playing with Taptu, another social network aggregator/DJ for the iPhone and Android. I know, we’ve beat a dead horse on the information overload thing, as well as the social media fatigue thing. Personally, I’m starving for a solution and would love for someone to come up with a management solution short of throwing in the towel.

I’m not sure that this is the solution… yet. My initial reaction is ambivalent. On the one hand, it sure is nice to have everything in one place. Taptu is free and has over 200 streams. It’s not just your Facebook and Twitter streams but you can add anything you’d put in a reader too… I’ve got my tech streams in there too: Huff Post and a Tech and Gadget stream curated by Taptu — which I found as an option when I went to add streams in the “Stream Store.” There’s an option to search for streams by topic like politics, science, your home, travel, and LOLZ. :)

On the other hand, did I really want everything in one place? I mean, that in and of itself is a bit overwhelming! I know, I know. I asked for it. So I’ll stick to the facts and you can decide for yourself.

The main interface of Taptu has a grid of squares organized across by the name of each stream. Each “tile” has a headline and image. You can scroll horizontally to see more on that stream or down to see more streams. It’s fairly intuitive in this respect.

If you click on any one tile, you’ll see a preview of the article/post. And then, you can choose to view the full article within the app using Safari or bookmark it for later. You can change the order of your streams by clicking the gear icon in the top left corner.

You can also share really easily, which is nice but at the same time, it’s really annoying that Taptu brands everything you share with it’s imprint, i.e., when you share on Facebook it says “found in My Taptu” and when you tweet it, it uses a Taptu url like StumbledUpon does — both annoying.

Overall, I think it’s promising. When I get my iPad and when I manage to clear an hour or so to configure My Taptu exactly the way I want it, it could pay off.

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