This morning I received an email from the Socialscope team that a new version of Socialscope had been released. Sure enough, there it was when I checked the app on my BlackBerry. According to the email, Socialscope has received quite a bit of changes as well as a few new features and tweaks.
What’s New in .129?
Full Facebook Experience
We’ve upped our Facebook experience 1000x with Facebook Friends list, Facebook pages, Full Facebook Profiles, Private Messages and Notifications. SocialScope is the best way to use Facebook on your BlackBerry.
Powerful inbox integration allows you to select exactly which messages appear in your BlackBerry inbox.
Tired of hearing from a user, application(farmville!) or topic? Now you can block those updates.
Reduced Battery Usage
We’ve tuned, tweaked and optimized SocialScope to dramatically reduced battery usage. The most powerful social networking app now also the most power efficient.
SocialScope is faster and easier to use. We’ve made interface tweaks through out the app based on your feedback.
Invites (coming later this week!)
You’ve been asking for a way to share SocialScope with your friends and we’ll be delivering that later this week.
Lots of Bug Fixes
We went bug hunting and fixed many issues including url shirking, removing Twitter accounts and location lookup.
As you can see, quite a bit of changes. I am pretty excited however about the much improved Facebook experience on Socialscope as well as the Inbox Integration. As you can see in the image above, it even lets you see full profile information now as well as those for Facebook Pages. This means that I can finally delete the Facebook app from my BlackBerry now and replace it with Socialscope thus freeing up some much needed space.
One function that is very nice now is the new Mute function. This allows you in essence to remove updates in your timeline from certain users or Facebook updates that you don’t really care to see but at the same time, don’t want to unfollow. This can drastically clean up you timeline with more relevant information. that you want to read about. All you do is scroll to the update of the person you don’t want appearing on your time line, press the BlackBerry key and click mute.
On the interface side of things, most of the app is the same as the previous version. There are a few really great changes though that Socialscope implemented. You can now adjust the size of the font based on actual text size now instead of just the generic normal and large in the last version. Also, Socialscope is now fully integrated into the BlackBerry inbox which means all @replies and direct messages can now be seen in your BlackBerry inbox. Socialscope also seems to be handling Facebook image galleries much better now.
If you’re not on the BlackBerry platform and Socialscope sounds really interesting to you, don’t fret. I also received another email from Socialscope stating in the coming months an Android and iPhone version of Socialscope will be available for beta testing. If you are interested in signing up, visit http://getsocialscope.com/.
[I also posted this article up at G Style Magazine so check it out there as well and while you're at it, check out their site. Great bunch of tech heads over there that are into both tech and the fashion side of tech.]