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Banjo for Android review: Banjo for Android

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The Good Banjo supports several different social networks: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Foursquare, and LinkedIn.

The Bad Maps and feeds sometimes load very slowly.

The Bottom Line For social-media butterflies who are into geotagging posts, Banjo's streamlined interface and useful location-aware tools make it worth a download.


9.0 Overall

With Banjo for Android, you not only get access to several of your social-networking feeds in one place, you also get to see if your contacts are nearby. What's more, with Banjo you can post status updates, tweet, share photos, or check in, all from a single interface.

To get started with Banjo, log in with either your Facebook or Twitter account. It doesn't matter which one you choose initially because once you're in, you can easily add access to the other from the Settings menu. In addition to those two networks, Banjo also supports Foursquare, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Google+. The more accounts you associate, the better your chances of seeing your friends on Banjo's map.

Once your accounts are all set up, Banjo pulls up a Google Map showing users who have posted items nearby within the last 24 hours. It's important to note that the map shows your connections (from your associated accounts) as well as any strangers who might have shared geotagged posts publicly. This means you could potentially spark up a conversation with another tech-savvy individual...if you're so bold. While some people might find this to be an unlikely thing to do, there are certainly a number of users who see it as a good opportunity for networking.

The two primary ways to browse through Banjo are the Community and Friends tabs. Community shows you users who have posted publicly nearby (not necessarily your friends) within the last 24 hours. You can choose to see a feed of their content, a Google map with their locations, or a grid of their avatars. Meanwhile, the Friends tab shows you much of the same data, but only for those with whom you are connected on one or more social networks. There's also an Interests tab, where you can search nearby public posts for keywords such as sushi, baseball, or concert. This is a great way to find other people (both friends and strangers) who might have common interests.

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