Applications for using Twitter, Facebook, and such on your desktop or iPhone are not new. There are hundreds of them, in fact. When you want to use Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, AIM, GoogleTalk, and others all at once, though, the field of candidate apps gets much smaller. In fact, if you’re looking for all of those plus imeem and Yahoo! and others, your field is narrowed to only one: Xumii.com.
Xumii started out as a somewhat innovative, but largely unnoticed app for accessing a handful of social networks on mobile platforms. Still basically anonymous, it grew quickly as more and more social networks and communications platforms were added to its repertoire.
Then in mid-September, the latest version of the iPhone app for Xumii was released and the mobile giant Myriad Group purchased the company in an asset-acquisition deal worth an undisclosed amount.
Xumii uses a cloud computing architecture to integrate mobile phone contacts with social networks and IM services as one phone book. This makes sharing photos, status messages, and more across several social networks simultaneously possible from your mobile device.
Up to the point of acquisition, Xumii had raised about $5.5 million in capital and had 17 employees in both California and Australia. The buyout by Myriad did not change those employees, which are now employed by Myriad, but will allow the startup’s idea to be more easily spread across the estimated 2 billion devices that Myriad already has technology on.
The Xumii iPhone app is free to download from the App Store on iTunes and is also available from their website for BlackBerry and several common mobile models.
The following video demonstrates how the iPhone app works, which is how most of the Xumii apps work on different platforms as well:
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