QuickPost was one of my most-used apps on BlackBerry 10. As someone who uses a handful of social media sites including BBM Channels, QuickPost is the perfect app to use to update or post something to all my accounts without having to repeatedly type it out. Except that it doesn't exist on Android. When I switched over to the BlackBerry Priv, it was the one app I sorely missed, and so I ventured into Google Play to find an Android alternative.
I used Buffer in the early days of BlackBerry 10, the app back then was an Android port. It's no longer being updated in BlackBerry World, but it was the first app I decided to download on my Priv. With Buffer you can push an update to a handful of social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ Page, Pinterest and more. There is a limit to the number of social media accounts you can use with a free account, but it should be enough to cover the bigger ones.
I like Buffer for its ability to be able to schedule posts. I also like the fact that you can see analytics on all the things you share, like how many times a linked your shared was clicked. To get going with Buffer, just download the app and sign up for an account. You can add up to four social media accounts with a free Buffer account.
I use Hootsuite's desktop browser to keep up with Twitter and also post to BBM Channels when on my laptop, so I thought I'd give their Android app a try. What's different about Hootsuite is that you can also see your timeline whereas the other apps in this list only allow you to post to your social media accounts.
With a free Hootsuite account you can add up to three social media accounts, with options of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Google+. The option to post to BBM Channels is, sadly, only available through the desktop, but I hope that Hootsuite can make this available through the mobile app in the future.
Hootsuite also can schedule posts and view stats. Stats will only show if you use Hootsuite's URL shortener for a link. While I could use Hootsuite to read through my Twitter feed, I only do so rarely. The mobile Hootsuite app is a very difference experience from their desktop browser apps. I just wish you could have more social accounts with a free Hootsuite account.
Polarbear was actually a BlackBerry 10-first app and developed around the same time as QuickPost — I enjoyed using it on BlackBerry 10, so I thought I'd give it a try on Android as well. Polarbear supports all the usual social media services such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. It also includes Facebook Groups and Pages as well as App.net.
If you update your blog often, Polarbear also supports Wordpress, Blogger, Tumblr. If I recall correctly, Polarbear on BlackBerry 10 was able to share to Google+. This option is not available through the one tap feature of Polarbear, but you can invoke the Share option on Android and share your status to Google+ (and other apps) without having to type it out again.
Polarbear is free to download, and you get five free posts through the app to try it out. After that, you can purchase the app for $2.99. There's no need to sign up for an account; you just have to connect each social media account via the app.
SocialPilot comes well-rated on the Play Store and requires a free SocialPilot account to get going. SocialPilot supports Twitter, Facebook (Profile, Groups, and Pages), Instagram, LinkedIn (Page and Profile), Tumblr, Pinterest and more. When you add an account it takes you to the web browser to login, so it takes an extra few steps to set things up, but it's not too much bother.
Just like Buffer and Hootsuite, you can schedule your posts. Also, much like other apps in this list, SocialPilot does not show you your timeline, it's just a one-stop shop to post out from, which is kind of what I want from these types of apps.
SocialPilot also has a browser counterpart so you can post from your desktop. There is a three-account limit with a free SocialPilot account, as well as a daily post limit of 10. If you post a lot, you might want to look elsewhere or look at upgrading your account to a paid one.
Everypost also comes to us with high ratings in the Play Store, and as an added bonus it has integrated Google+ support. You'll need to signup for an Everypost account using Twitter, Facebook or an email address; then you can start adding your social media accounts. This app includes all the big social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn. There's also support for Pinterest and as I mentioned it shares to Google+ too. When you turn on the option for Google+, you do get a pop-up telling you that the feature is a little spotty as Google does not offer a public API for Google+ — which is why most of these apps don't bother trying to hack it to work.
Unsurprisingly, I did have trouble getting Google+ to work properly. I have 2-step verification turned on and when I added my Google account, it goes through successfully, but then I receive a Google verification code and have nowhere in Everypost to input it. The app thinks it's successfully logged in though, and when I tried posting to Google+ it failed. I tried creating an app password for Everypost but that just gives me an error.
Everypost can be used on a desktop browser, too, so you can keep track of all your posts and view analytics. There doesn't seem to be a limitation on how many accounts you can add, but you are limited to one per network.
While these are the best Android alternatives to QuickPost I could find, none of them really compare to the feature-packed app I loved on BlackBerry 10. I've found I use all of them in different ways, depending how and what I want to share. I hope that Hootsuite can add the ability to share to BBM Channels, that would tip the favor towards them. Everypost is another a good contender. If you they could add Instagram and if Google+ was a better experience, Everypost might just be my app of choice.
Do you use any of these apps? Are there other similar apps that you have tried? If so, share them in the comments.