Flud 2.0 allows you to follow websites, add Google reader RSS feeds, and view your Facebook and Twitter timelines… all in one space. If that sounds a little familiar already, that’s because many apps (including Flud 1.x) have been doing this for quite a while now. The difference here is that Flud has thrown in […]
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Flud 2.0: A Social News Reader for iPhone and iPad

Flud 2.0 allows you to follow websites, add Google reader RSS feeds, and view your Facebook and Twitter timelines… all in one space. If that sounds a little familiar already, that’s because many apps (including Flud 1.x) have been doing this for quite a while now. The difference here is that Flud has thrown in a few more pinches of that magical keyword ingredient, “social”, into the mix.

So Flud isn’t just a place for you to read and enjoy your content, but a place for you to share it in real-time with friends and family as well — the idea here being that users imbue their accounts with personality based on what and how much they share. The sense of “social” also comes from seeing who you may have influenced to read a story, or who else is reading that obscure indie tech blogger you also follow.

I’m not touching much upon the sharing aspects of this app because I believe they will take time to really shine (and therefore cannot be reviewed in just one day), but also because Flud 2.0 is offering something that I just don’t think I need right now. I already share news and opinions on Twitter and on iSource, so the prospect of standing on another podium just isn’t attractive to me right now.

I also miss folders or grouping options for feeds, since I browse sites frequently and often feel bogged down by having read and unread items in the same space (a criticism I leveled at Flipboard as well). I like how Flud combines Facebook and Twitter timelines into one view, and wish that they would treat websites similarly. I could also be confused, but I couldn’t figure out how to get the iPhone version of the app to show me website views. Tapping web view just shows me blank pages right now.

I don’t mean to sound too down on Flud because I do like its dynamic custom interface, but I’m just not as excited about sharing as everybody else seems to be. You can’t argue with the price, though. Flud is free for all users on the iPad and iPhone on the App Store.

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