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AnyPost

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As society comes closer to publishing every thought and event as a status update on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or some other social network, some people with full-time jobs may begin to feel the strain at work. There are so many social networks, and using even one of them can be a major time-sink. AnyPost (free) is a tool that dramatically simplifies your social networking activity and saves you precious time.

AnyPost is a client app for the Ping.fm Web service. Ping.fm can simultaneously update more than 30 social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yammer, AIM, Gtalk, Skype, Flickr, and Posterous. To use AnyPost, you must first register an account with Ping.fm and add your social networks. Then open the AnyPost app, which will ask you for your Ping.fm mobile key--a kind of password limited to just the AnyPost app. Once you have entered your key, you can start posting status updates and photos to all your networks, or just selected ones.

Using the app is pretty simple. The screen has two tabs: Dashboard and Recent Posts. Dashboard is where you compose your status update. You can select all or some of your social networks, attach a photo from the Gallery app, and (if you enable this feature in Menu, Settings) attach a link to a Google Map of your location. Click "Ping it!" to send.

At first, I was disappointed to find that you can't snap a new photo from within the app. However, you can take a photo using the native Camera app, then select Share, AnyPost to open AnyPost in Dashboard mode with the photo attached. By default, photos are resized to 640-by-382 pixels. You can change that to 320-by-240 or 1024-by-768 pixels in Settings.

You can share a link from the Android Web browser by selecting Menu, Share, AnyPost. This opens AnyPost with the link pasted in the text box. Just add any other text you want, and click "Ping it!" to send.

Recent Posts is what you would expect--a chronological list of your most recent posts.

I didn't have time to test AnyPost on every possible social network, but I did try it with my Facebook, Facebook Page, Twitter, LinkedIn, Yammer, Flickr, Posterous, MySpace, and FriendFeed accounts (click the links to see example posts). In my tests with Facebook, I was able to post photos without map links into my personal Facebook profile, but when I added a map link the photos failed to post. I was not able to post any photos to my Facebook Page, but hyperlinks and text did post successfully.

All my updates posted successfully on Twitter, LinkedIn, Yammer, and MySpace, but the photos are represented as links. FriendFeed posts display both photos and links properly. Posterous photos show up properly, but the post title is inserted into the body of the text, creating an untitled post. Flickr posts show up well, except that the map links are text and not clickable hyperlinks.

AnyPost isn't perfect, but it's very good. If you need to update several social networks with a minimum of effort using only your Android phone, you should give this app a try.

Read more articles by Brent W. Hopkins ; contact him on Facebook or on Twitter as @brentpcw.

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At a Glance
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