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Jolicloud doesn't quite deliver what it sets out to

by Phil Owen

If you, like me, have never used Jolicloud before you download the app to your phone, you will probably be bewildered and not know what's going on. And when you finally figure it out, you'll wonder what the point of it all is.

Jolicloud for Android is a mobile version of the social networking aspects of Jolicloud. Namely, you hook up your Jolicloud account with your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and so on, and it tries to put all that information into one feed. If I have one nice thing to say about Jolicloud on Android, it's that it doesn't duplicate content. If your Twitter is linked with your Facebook, for example, it will only pull each item once.

But even that is faint praise, because it doesn't pull the right information. From what I can tell, it only pulls links from your Facebook and Twitter feeds, and so when I mention someone in a tweet that makes it to Facebook, then I end up with a post that only links to the Twitter profile of the person I mentioned. I have a lot of posts like that on my Jolicloud feed. Actually, the majority of my posts are like that.

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Furthermore, it doesn't suck in your friends lists like, say, Tweetdeck. Jolicloud Me is its own social networking entity, and so if you want to see updates from other people, you have to be friends with them on Jolicloud. I have no friends who use Jolicloud, and so it's basically useless to me until it gains more market penetration. Given the way the app doesn't really work, though, I can't say I feel compelled to invite them to Jolicloud to try to build that community, at least not for the social networking.

From what I've read on Jolicloud.com, the desktop app, which does far more than social networking, may be useful. But as a phone app, it is not. I wish I could say they made a good effort, but I cannot. Sorry, guys.