PhotoNest is a social networking app. by Mind Tapp that allows you to share and view photos on Twitter. To be clear, PhotoNest only deals with photos- you cannot see your friends’ tweets or tweet something yourself without an accompanying photo. However, I will say that once I started using it, I was surprised to see how many of my friends’ photos I had missed out on. Unless you are diligent about following your friends’ tweets, it’s easy to miss a great twitpic because it doesn’t show up in the most recent feed that you’re viewing.
There are three sections to PhotoNest- in the first, you can view your friends’ photos posted on Twitter by date (most recent appearing first). The photos appear in a vertical line, and can be reviewed by scrolling up and down. There is no horizontal movement possible, which I like. It’s almost as if you are looking at a set of negatives, or one of those sets of pictures that prints from a photo booth. The pic of the friend who posted the photo appears in the upper left corner of the photo frame, with the date and time posted appearing above the photo and the caption underneath it. You can tap on a photo to view it in more detail. In the second section, you can post your own photo and write in a tweet that accompanies the photo (113 characters or less). In the third section, you can adjust some basic settings, like changing the Twitter account you are logged into, marking “favorites” to give priority to certain Tweeps in your photo history, or deleting your entire photo history. Even if you mark “favorites”, the settings section gives the option of toggling between viewing everyone, or just your favorites- so you can adjust back and forth easily.
My brother recently went on a trip to Florida and told me about some of the funny pictures he had posted on his Twitter acct., so I was anxious to see the photos show up in my PhotoNest photo history. Yet, they didn’t show up at all. I went to his Twitter profile to make sure they were actually there- and they definitely were. This made me a little sad, because I wondered how many other friends’ cool photos I was missing out on. I noticed that my bro uses a different app. to post his Twitter photos, so I can’t see them using PhotoNest. I don’t know that there’s any potential fix to this, I guess the only solution is to survey your friends and see how most of them are posting their Twitter photos, so you can make an informed decision.
I’m personally not a fan of the $1.99 price tag and the lack of non-photo related tweets. However, if you’re sick of clicking on photo links or missing out on your friends’ photos and want a simple & fun way to look at only Twitter photos, then PhotoNest away!
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