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Pixelpipe Post & Upload HD

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If you spend a lot of time immersed in social networking activity on multiple networks, you may begin to feel the strain as you bounce from Facebook to Twitter to various other destinations. Posting the same thing on each network is a time-consuming bore, but you want to get the word out to all your buddies. Pixelpipe Post & Upload HD can dramatically streamline your online social activity by allowing you to post status updates, photos, video and files simultaneously to more than 90 social networks and online services.

To use the Pixelpipe app, you must first register for an account. You can do this in-app, or online at the Pixelpipe Website. Then you configure your social network services as 'Pipes' in Settings. You can do this in-app as well, but since you'll need to enter log-in details for each service, you might find it easier to set up in a desktop Web browser such as Firefox. You can configure each Pipe (social network) to post automatically with each status update from Pixelpipe (easiest); or you can use routing tags (a routing tag is a sort of nickname for a Pipe) to specify which Pipes you want to update in each post.

Using Pixelpipe is simple. There are four tabs: Media, Post, Queue, and Settings. 'Media' lets you browse and select your most recent photos and videos, and attach them to a status update. You can also take a new photo or video. If you're using the Camera or Gallery app, you can share photos or videos by selecting Menu, Share, or Pixelpipe. Type in a title and caption, and press the Post button to send.

'Post' is for status updates and blog posts. 'Queue' shows the progress of your media uploads. If an upload fails, Pixelpipe will automatically retry. 'Settings' is where you can add, configure, or remove Pipes.

I didn't have time to test Pixelpipe on every possible social network or service, but I did try it with my Facebook, Facebook Page, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, FriendFeed, Flickr, Evernote, Box.net, and Identi.ca accounts. Overall performance is very good, but a few inconsistencies and glitches arise from time to time. For instance, I could post a video to my Facebook profile, but not to my Facebook Page. The same video posted to my Flickr account, but not to MySpace or Identi.ca. And though both Twitter and LinkedIn posted a link to the video on Pixelpipe's Website, I couldn't get it to play in Firefox or Chrome.

Occasionally some of my photo uploads were corrupted with artifacts, but according to the Pixelpipe Blog the cause of this problem is a bug in Android 2.2 and not anything in the Pixelpipe app itself.

Pixelpipe HD is not perfect, but it is very good, particularly for text and photo updates. It takes a bit of time at first to set up and configure your Pipes, but once you have them configured, the app shows itself to be a very powerful communications tool. If you're serious about using your Android phone for social networking, you should give this app a try. You might also want to try a similar app called AnyPost, which uses the Ping.fm service to broadcast your status updates.

Brent W. Hopkins may be contacted on Facebook, and on Twitter as @brentpcw. You might also like other articles by Brent W. Hopkins.

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