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HTC One A9 Product Ambassador - BlinkFeed, or how I became more of a social media junky.

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With the last HTC phone I had (the E8) I didn?t set up BlinkFeed (the vertical scrolling list of updates/headlines from several different sources). It is like an online party with all of your social media sites in the same room. At the time I didn?t see the need for me to have it set up, and I also didn?t think I was too lazy busy to check my sites myself. As it is I only get certain Facebook notifications (events, messages etc) right away. Most of the ?likes? and such I only will see if I open up the application. I don?t need to be that connected, right?

I have set up BlinkFeed on the A9, and although it has taken a few tweaks to get used to ? it is now the feature I check most often on my phone. It is neat to see what the application thinks I would find interesting ? and it shows different things from the news feeds in the actual tools.

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BlinkFeed has a real variety or services and app?s that it can provide for your feed: News, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Mealtime recommendations, Tumblr and Twitter.

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At first I had all of them selected (well I am not on Flickr or Tumblr) ? but even all of the rest just seemed way too chaotic for me. I have since simplified and now just have Facebook, LinkedIn and Google +.  I have the Chicago Tribune application for my news (it?s more local). And as for Instagram and FourSquare ? I didn?t see the need to have ?food envy? all day long.


Do I get all the updates that I need? No. Do I get updates that I would have missed? Yes (and maybe that is because I am checking the BlinkFeed more than I would have checked the individual applications, but who knows).  I am still playing with the different settings (The Tips and Help section in the settings is very helpful) and finding things I wouldn?t even have thought of!

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Do you use BlinkFeed? What do you think?

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