It’s not every day that you’re the first to do something.
That’s especially true in the tech space.
The minute you think you’ve got an original idea or stumbled onto the next big thing, someone drops it or says that they’ve already heard of it.
Got a great idea for a social media network?
Oops! Some kids at Harvard thought about that a minute ago.
And by the time you were up on it, you were far from a first mover.
You were on it – eventually.
And it probably took you a minute before you even were comfortable using it.
The same was probably true of Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest and any of the myriad other social media trends that were once obscure platforms you never heard of, and are today the targets of billion dollar acquisitions – if not technology behemoths themselves.
And even though you may not have been there at the beginning, you probably fancy yourself “hip” when it comes to being able to spot and adopt social media trends.
Vine. WhatsApp. Snapchat.
You do that.
You may not have been first, but you were up on it by the time it became vogue.
And you were probably first among your friends or network for some things.
Shoot, I’d heard of Pinterest, but my wife actually put me on.
And now she can’t get off the damn thing.
But I digress.
Anywho, I’m about to put you up on the next ish.
What if you could have Facebook, Twitter, Instragram and Vine/Snapchat in one?
Where you could capture something in the moment.
Tag it up.
Decide who you wanted to share it with.
And post it in an instant.
See who’s posting.
Comment or respond to directly.
All from a mobile or web dash.
Well now you can.
It’s called Brabble.
And it’s barely a year old.
So you’re not exactly first first.
But you’re damn near close.
And it’s that next thing.
“What do you know Stephen? You couldn’t spot a trend if it walked up and bit you on the ass.”
Sure, my bum is a bit tough.
But I knows my nose knows.
What’s so great about Brabble?
It’s just another social media platform like Twitter.
It’s better, and I’ll tell you why.
For one, think of it as a dashboard.
Even though it IS a social media platform, what it DOES is give you the ability to manage multiple social media activities, within one place.
Sure, you can take a picture with your iPhone’s camera, and email, text or post it to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr or Instagram.
Yes. You can shoot a video and upload it to Facebook or YouTube, and share it.
But once you’re done, your plopped back into your camera or photo album.
If you start from inside an app, say Instagram, and shoot a picture or video you’re stuck where you are.
And the user interface and experience for most social media platforms leaves much to be desired.
Especially on your mobile device.
Buttons are too small.
Items located too close to the edge of the screen are virtually inaccessible.
At the end of the day, you’re simply scrolling through an endlessly loading stream of posts, or pictures.
But not with Brabble.
For one, you start off with a Flipboard-like grid of images.
You can elect to view content in either a grid or basic view.
Clicking any image immediately pulls you into the thread of that Brabble (their version of “conversation”)
Second, the UI is basic.
Your primary navigation is found at the bottom of the screen, titled (quite simply) Menu, My Feed, Explore, Notifications and a big “+” sign to add a post (Brabble) of your own.
Third, “liking” (one heart press/click) or “loving” (two heart presses/clicks), something, responding to or commenting on a Brabble (“Brabbleback”), is as simple as clicking on an icon and typing.
Finally, Brabbling (posting) is also super basic.
Brabbling. I think I just made up a term – must be sure to trademark that.
Hitting the big “+” sign opens up an overlay, with a large dialogue window to enter text, radio buttons you can select if you want to post to Facebook and Twitter, and icons above your dialogue box which lets you select which type of media you want to share with your post (or not).
A simple drop down next to the “Post to..” button lets you select whether to share your content with the World, your Followers, your Friends or Privately.
You can even save your posts to your Feed to send later.
This is not to say that there’s no room for improvement.
If I were going to make any changes to Brabble, they’d be few (and I could live without them).
But if I were, I’d make a persistent footer.
Generally, whenever you’re on the app, the footer is present.
Mine too deep into any individual piece of content, though, the footer goes away.
And you lose your bottom navigation.
If you go back, it returns, but there should be a persistent way to get back to “start” without having to repeatedly hit the “back” button.
It looks like the deeper you go into the app, there’s a transition from native to mobile web pages (which may account for the loss of your footer).
I could go deeper, but you get the picture.
Brabble is a cool app, which seamlessly aggregates all the things you like to do with your mobile device, into one app.
It’s not perfect, but it’s enough to make me take the leap.
And recommend it to all of you (my 42 readers).
I’ve been on the platform for three days now, and it’s pretty cool.
There isn’t a heck of a lot of traffic right now – and if you sign up, consider it part of an extended Beta.
Now go and Brabble, and be the first among your friends to be up on the latest and greatest tech trend.
And remember who told you about it when it tips….