Some apps don’t do much, but are so good-looking that one just gets lured into use them once in a while based on their looks alone. Social Tiles might appear to be one such app at first, but there is more to it than a shiny interface. If you are the admin of a Facebook page or just want to keep an eye on the popularity of your Twitter profile, Social Tiles can be of use. The app lets you pin any public Facebook page or Twitter profile to its home screen, where you will be shown stats portraying the account’s fame. There is no limit on the number of accounts that can be monitored via Social Tiles, and the best part is that you don’t even need to sign in to your account to use the app. Social Tiles can also offer some really good quotes that can be shared to your social network accounts with a single tap.
Social Tiles has a Windows 8-like Modern UI, which suits it pretty well. There is no need to sign up or even link your social networks with the app. To get started, you have to add accounts you want to monitor to the app’s main page. Swipe downwards from the top of the screen, and you will be prompted to choose between Twitter and Facebook. Next, simply search for the account you are looking for. You need to enter the exact name of the page or profile, since Social Tiles does not offer multiple results for a single keyword, and if no account matches the exact term or phrase you enter, the search fails.
Once the app’s homepage is populated, you can reorder entries by long-pressing and dragging them. Swiping from right to left deletes an account from the monitoring list, while swiping the other way refreshes the stats. For Facebook pages, total page likes and ‘talking about this’ stats are shown, while Twitter accounts display count of followers and people being followed by that account. To make things look a bit fancier, some random photos are imported by Social Tiles from the account being monitored, and those images fill up some of the tiles. You can tap the eye icon to open the followed page in its respective app.
Social Tiles works only with iOS 6, because you need to be signed in to your Twitter and Facebook accounts in order to share quotes from the app. The quotes are shown on the search page, and hitting the icon in the bottom-right corner makes them ready for posting.
Social Tiles is a new release, and is available as a free download for a limited time. The app is optimized for iPhone and iPod touch. Grab it for a beautiful way of sharing quotes and viewing some basic page stats from your favorite social networking accounts.