More and more, we’re getting inundated with more social networks. It can take far too much time jumping between the different sites, seeing what new status updates have been posted on Facebook, what new photos are up on Flickr, and what new videos are showing up on YouTube. There has to be a more efficient way.
Working essentially as an aggregator, Tuppy aims to provide you with a “simple life in social networks.” Over the course of this review, we’ll take a look at how Tuppy works, which networks are compatible, and whether it really can make your social networking life just a touch simpler.
What Is Tuppy?
According to the FAQ, Tuppy “is a simply interfaced tool created to unify and organize all your accounts in different social networks.” The idea is that you can manage all of your accounts from this single website.
This is distinctly different from an online service like Hootsuite. For now, Tuppy will only allow you to handle a single Twitter account, for example, so it may not be appropriate for people who have multiple accounts. In this way, Tuppy is better designed for a true “individual” who only has one account with each social network.
As far as the signup process is concerned, you can create a new Tuppy account from scratch or you can connect to Tuppy via your Facebook, Google, or Twitter accounts. If you do choose to make a new account, you will need to verify your e-mail address before you can start using the Tuppy service.
We Join Service
Maybe it’s because I come from the perspective of a freelance writer, but I feel that Tuppy could benefit from hiring a couple of people to help clean up their website copy. The choice of words can be a little odd. For example, on the page with the list of supported social networks, Tuppy proudly proclaims that “we join service.” That said, I understand that the service is still in beta and would still need work in other areas too.
Tuppy currently supports nine social networks, including LiveJournal, Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Photobucket, and Vimeo. If you sign up for a “pro blogger account” for $25, then you also gain access to your WordPress and Blogger accounts. Moving forward, Tuppy aims to add more social networks, including some that are currently faded out in the pro blogger account area, like Blip, Tumblr, and Typepad.
Tuppy User Profiles and Feeds
As you would do with every other social network, Tuppy also allows you to create your own user profile on their internal network. You can upload your avatar, provide your mailing address, and so forth.
One thing that you should note with the screenshot above is the red crossed out portion in the address bar, covering the https. I accessed Tuppy using Chrome and this red line indicates that Tuppy is using an invalid SSL certificate. What this means is that while the data is being encrypted, Chrome isn’t sure that the other party (Tuppy) is who they say they are.
Given the security concerns by “handing over the keys” to your various social networks, this is not the kind of public image that Tuppy wants to have moving forward. My first major recommendation to them is to get valid SSL certificates. This will help with the trust factor, which can be huge in this field.
Offering a Facebook-like option between Top Posts and Recent Posts, Tuppy aims to aggregate the activity across the social networks that you connect to your Tuppy account. It didn’t work perfectly for me, but I do see the potential. Not only can you read the content in the various networks, but you can also post your own content, post comments, and otherwise interact with the posts as if you were on the sites themselves.
Potential for Simplicity
I think that Tuppy offers an intriguing concept that could prove very useful and very popular among social media folk. It’s just too time consuming to visit each site individually, so a well designed aggregator can be a real treat. However, Tuppy isn’t quite there just yet.
It can be buggy at times (I encountered a “dropped server” message on more than one occasion) and the aggregator doesn’t seem to update properly either. I wasn’t able to get it to pull in my Twitter and Flickr feeds immediately. There’s also the trust factor when it comes to the invalid SSL certificates. There’s a lot of potential here and I hope the developers pursue this project further, but it definitely still needs some work.