April 5, 2013 in Social Networking (E)
[prMac.com] Oak Park, California - AllGateways Software Inc. today is pleased to announce Sprout Network 2.0.2 for iOS, an update to its free contact management app, featuring profile discovery and maintenance, contact updates overview, and integrated messaging. Sprout starts from local contacts stored on iOS devices. Users can then link their social networks to Sprout through its built-in integration technologies. Allowing users to check, categorize, and link all their social network content within a single app, Sprout's innovative mash-up of technologies and networks supports optimal communication.
Key features of Sprout 2.0.2:
* Synchronize and complete iOS address book via basic social profiles
* Group together contacts by social network, source, or a custom category
* A single, expertly designed environment from which to browse all profiles, check on all updates, and send all messages
* Search social networks for people or topics
* Unified timeline across social networks
* Contact detection from social contents
* Interactions on social contents
* Integration architecture allows adding new social networks or services easily and effortlessly
Coming soon with the next release of Sprout:
* Secure content sharing completely controlled by the user
* Structured messaging
* Optimized communication
* More social networks and services
* Dashboard view of contacts and updates
A user's iDevice may contain the names and numbers of their contacts, but this information may represent just a fraction of everyone with whom they communicate. Typically, users check Facebook for status updates, LinkedIn for job positions, and FourSquare to find places. Sprout Network displays all of these, and more, in one location. And the app provides more than access to multiple networks from a single app; it also keeps the user's phonebook continuously updated with information gleaned from social networks. The Sprout Network solution makes maintaining connections and expanding social networks automatic, easy, and perfectly organized.
When launched, Sprout guides users through a discovery process that teaches them to find their associates in all the social networks they use. This matching process is accurate, automatic, and uses attributes already in their phonebook and social networks. No additional setup is required. Sprout will list contacts in a familiar fashion and display logos that represent shared social networks alongside names of associates, friends, and family. Users are freed from the task of filling in job positions for each of their contacts manually. This innovative app automatically updates and fills in contact profiles in the address book by pulling information from social networks. These features make Sprout a highly effective contact management solution, eliminating the need for users to visit multiple sites to find basic information about their contacts.
Supported Social Networks and Photo Sharing Services:
* Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn
* Flickr, Google+, Sina Weibo, Sohu Weibo
* Tencent Weibo, RenRen, Jiepang
Beyond the basic profiles, Sprout provides a timeline of the user's social dynamics, including status updates, wall messages, photo shares, and other activities. The timeline provides a summary of the latest news from personal contacts, those with similar interests, and across all social networks. To monitor social updates more effectively, users can choose to filter the messages by groups of people (e.g. Close Friends) or by particular social networks (e.g. Twitter). Furthermore, prospective contacts can be detected from message streams, which enables users to expand contact networks through already established contact lists, as well as based on the interests or discussion topics in social media.
"The remarkably clean and intuitive user interface is, notably, the most significant aspect of Sprout," commented Gary Zheng of AllGateways. "Management of social networks can be stressful and confusing. As a result, we developed an app that makes juggling networks and profiles as easy as possible. Although Sprout features complex algorithms and integration functions, its navigation will be familiar to anyone who has browsed through a contact list on any cellular device. Users are able to enjoy the app's features immediately, thanks to its easily navigable interface. We strongly believe in simplicity being the key feature in gaining adoption and utilization."
* English and Chinese
* iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5, iPod touch (3rd/4th/5th generation), and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* Internet connection required
* 14.0 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Sprout Network 2.0.2 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Social Networking category.
Based in Oak Park, California, AllGateways Software Inc. was founded by Gary Zheng in 2006. AllGateways is an application development and software consulting company. In consulting, they help businesses without our expertise to deliver IT solutions in enterprise management and software development. AllGateways also develops software products for enterprise and mobile users. Copyright (C) 2006-2013 AllGateways Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.