At least once every day, I go through my Twitter feeds on my iPhone, and right after I have done that, my next step is to launch the Facebook app and see if I have got anything interesting there. I am sure that many smartphone owners follow the same daily routine, as mentally, we categorize Twitter and Facebook as two services that are closely related and form a major part of our social network. This is the idea upon which FlipToast is based. The service is not a new one by any means, and has been around for Windows for quite a while, but having a Facebook and Twitter aggregator on your iPhone is even more useful than having it on your computer. FlipToast is an app that can be used to view all the latest posts, photos, events and notifications on your Twitter and Facebook accounts in one place. The app does not take the source of posts into account; rather, everything is categorized based on the type of content. For example, all the photos will appear in one section (no matter whether they are from Facebook or Twitter), while notifications and events have got menus of their own.
As you can probably guess, the first step to use FlipToast is connecting your Facebook and Twitter accounts with the app. The welcome page of FlipToast will present you with these options, and you have to link both of your accounts with the service one-by-one. To keep things easy, the app starts with a graphical tutorial. FlipToast displays all the important stuff on one page. There are 5 main parts of the FlipToast home screen.
- News Feed
All the posts shown in these sections are sorted in chronological order, with a small badge showing their source. Swiping across the entries in every section will let you see more of them, while you can also expand a category by tapping its name. It is possible to separate out Facebook and Twitter posts in expanded categories. Opening a single post will also bring up all the options supported by it, including commenting, likes, retweets, etc.
The image viewer in FlipToast is quite good, and you can browse whole albums in full-screen mode just by swiping across the screen. If you want, you can also share new photos over your social network right from within the app by hitting the camera icon located in the bottom bar of the screen. A similar option is available for posting text updates to Facebook and Twitter.
FlipToast is optimized for iPhone and iPod touch, and has the potential of making you forget all about the standalone Twitter and Facebook apps. The app can be downloaded free of cost from the link below.