With a show of hands, how many of you out there have gotten into trouble from a grandparent lately because you haven’t shared enough photographs of the grandchildren? Keep those hands up if you responded to those complaints by telling them that they could see pictures if they just followed those (insert social networking website name) links you have sent them dozens (and dozens) of times already? Save yourself a world of frustration with Family Ribbon.
Think of this app as a portal to all of the websites and apps you’ve been trying to get your family to use.
Family Ribbon really does tie all of your online social interactions together. Send and receive emails and text messages. View and share photo albums stored on Flickr, Picasa and Facebook. Make phone calls to loved ones using Skype. Family Ribbon even lets you effortlessly check weather forecasts!
Once you are in Family Ribbon you can also access many of the bonus features like integrated games (Sudoku anyone?), look at the TV Guide, listen to music, watch television shows online with major networks and services (like Hulu or Netflix) or even do a little shopping (no more trying to explain to your mother how to get to Ebay).
What I liked: This app is equally ideal for users that are busy and don’t have the time to visit a dozen different places to keep up with their loved ones or for those who are new to this kind of thing and may be easily overwhelmed or intimidated by it all.
What I didn’t like: I love that this app integrates with Skype, but by clicking on a person to call them it launches the Skype app bringing you out of Family Ribbon –which could add back some of the confusion that this app is trying to eliminate.
To buy or not to buy: If you still have your hands up in the air or can already imagine the tech support calls you will save from even one person in your family having this app, grabbing it will be well worth the purchase price.
- App Name: Family Ribbon
- Version Reviewed: 1.4
- Category: Lifestyle
- Developer: Family Communication Suite Inc.
- Price: $4.99