The iOS App Store is crowded with social networking apps and RSS readers up to a level that creates confusion with users. It’s actually hard to find the best possible deal only by browsing through items in the iOS store, unless you know exactly which application you’re searching for. Since these applications offer wide variety of designs and functionality, I recommend spending some time searching around the web for reviews like this one, which can be very helpful.
When it comes both to social networking apps and RSS readers, we already brought you a number of reviews about these applications. Today will be the first time we’ll take a look at an application which is a combination of these two usually self-sufficient apps. The application we’ll talk about is named Faast, and it’s available for free at the iOS App Store (it is subscription based).
Faast is designed to combine your social accounts and RSS feeds, and to show them within one unified column. This way you can stay on top of the latest information and happenings, which I believe can be helpful for many potential users. This app also brings some other interesting features which combine both functions like sharing and discussion.
In order to use Faast you’ll need to set-up a new account. This is the first thing you’ll need to do when you open this app. Within this account you can tie your Facebook and Twitter accounts, which are the only social networks present at the moment. When it comes to RSS feeds, you’ll be able to import existing ones from any OPML file, or from services like Feedly, Feed Wrangler, Feedbin, and Dropbox. Even though this sounds plenty, I expect more social networks and feed sources to appear, since this is something that can attract new users and ease up the initial setup.
When it comes to its interface, it’s clear that Faast is nicely designed application. The main screen will allow you to choose categories like All Items, Favorite, Unread, and Filters. These are all different ways to start reading new items, so these filters seemed very helpful. No matter which category you choose you’ll get to see a unified list of all your feeds and items from your social network, where each of those can be opened separately. Your RSS feeds can be also sent to services like Instapaper, Pocket, and Readability for offline reading. All items can be shared via standard set of iOS7 sharing tools.
In case you and your friends decide on using Faast, you’ll be able to chat with them and share interesting articles. This is a great way to exchange interesting content and talk about common topics, but only if all users are signed-up with Faast.
Speaking of its pricing, it goes from $2, $5, and up to 10$/per month. These plans are different in a way that they are limited to 2, 10, or unlimited sources that you can use.
There’s a real practical use for Faast, but it comes with a price of at least $5 per month which is its most popular plan. I am not sure if this will convince users to switch from free and paid, up to subscription-based application. I can recommend Faast if you’re really into keeping your eye on the latest news and if you really need to take control of your social network account.