Review: 3 services help keep all your social networks up-to-date

No time to post to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and all your other social networks? These tools can make multiple messaging less of a hassle.

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Quub supported only eight different connections when I tried it. In its favor, though, is the ability to update the status of Plurk, LinkedIn and Plaxo concurrently -- at the time of this review, it was the only one of the three services that could.

Quub is really designed for status updates only and doesn't upload blog posts or pictures. It has a well-designed message composition screen that has a variety of prompts to help you write the best status messages ever. It asks you three questions: where you are, what are you doing and whatever else you might want to add.

Below these questions is a tag cloud of suggestions that you can click on, modify, or use as inspirations for composing your own status update message. You are limited to 140 characters, even if you want to post to a service that can handle longer messages. When you are finished composing, you can choose which connections and/or receive your updates. Quub can schedule status updates for a specific time in the future, which can be handy.

The contacts feature is something that distinguishes Quub from the other two services -- think of it as its own social network community. You can categorize contacts in groups, just as you can with Facebook or LinkedIn. And you can send status messages to one or more of these groups using the main composition screen. You can also tag your contacts so that every time they compose a new status update you will be notified via e-mail if you so desire.

The downside is that you are, in essence, creating create a new social network of Quubies (or whatever you want to call members of Quub). Each new contact that you add within Quub gets an invite to join Quub if they haven't already, which could be annoying to e-mail buddies who already have too many social networks on their plate.

Quub offers a tag cloud of suggestions that you can use as inspirations for composing your own status message.

As of this writing, Quub offered mobile status updating for Android and Blackberry devices. It also lets you use your instant messaging client to send a message from your mobile device -- you include a special authorization code and anything that you send will get posted on all of your services. You can also send these updates to your Quub contact list and/or other social networks.


Each of these three services will save time over the manual methods of updating multiple connections, so the question is which one is worth the trouble. If you need something to post the same content to multiple blogs, try Pixelpipe. If you are a frequent user of Plaxo and LinkedIn, try Quub. And if you want to work in PHP and add this functionality to your own hosted blog, then try

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