Explore Social Network Media with Some Lemonade

Social networks are such amazing means for sharing thoughts, photos, videos and just about anything else. When everyone is sharing more details of their lives than ever before, it can be incredibly easy to miss great photo and video content of the people you follow.

With Some Lemonade you can explore and share the media within social networks such as Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr and YouTube. So how does it work? Let’s take a look.

Some Lemonade

Some Lemonade

Overview

As you can tell from the home page design, it’s a simple and intuitive web application that you should have no problem getting started with. A demo video is provided for a quick overview of things you can do with the web app but be warned, the video is NSFW. However, the app itself is as safe for work as your social networks are.

Some Lemonade has support for Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Picasa, YouTube and Vimeo already but more social networks are on the way. For such a new app, I’d say this is a great start.

Using Some Lemonade

To start using Some Lemonade you’ll need to sign in with your Twitter credentials. Don’t worry, your credentials aren’t shared with the app itself as it uses Twitter’s API to access your account’s information securely. With that being said, always keep an eye on apps you’re unsure about.

Twitter Sign In

Twitter Sign In

After signing in, you’ll be presented with the option of adding a Tumblr account. Some Lemonade is another app we can add to our list of 15 Apps to Enhance the Tumblr Experience, which you might want to check out if you haven’t already.

Add Tumblr Account

Add Tumblr Account

There’s a small bit I want to point out here in regards to Some Lemonade’s interface. They make good use of JavaScript, adding interface enhancements and reducing unnecessary page refreshes. The Tumblr account sign in is a great example of that, using an overlay window instead of an individual page. This is a key element to today’s modern web applications.

Exploring

Now that we’re signed in, we can start exploring photos and videos published by those we’re following. Right off the bat I see a pretty funny YouTube video graphic designers will definitely connect with.

Some Lemonade Exploring

Some Lemonade Exploring

Scrolling the page, the first thing I notice is the navigation is static while the rest of the page scrolls, making navigation through the many media posts faster and easier. It’s not really a feature relevant to using Some Lemonade but maybe some other web app developers will take note. 😉

Scrolling

Scrolling

Within each post is the media, text posted with the media, source of the media and who posted it, as well as buttons to share, favorite or retweet the post. For posts coming from other networks, additional or different information will be included that is more specific to that network.

Filtering

Filtering

Viewing individual networks is easy. Just click the funnel icon in the navigation and select the network you would like to view. Content is immediately loaded and displayed without any page refreshes, creating a more seamless and enjoyable experience.

The funnel icon in the navigation is replaced by the network icon you’re currently viewing as well.

Current Network

Current Network

Sharing

If you have something you would like to share, just click the pencil icon and an overlay with media sharing form appears.

Share Media

Share Media

Select the network you would like to share the media on, select your files and/or enter some text and hit create tweet (or the button corresponding to the selected network).

Favorites

As you explore images and videos, you’ll likely want to save posts for viewing or sharing again later. To do this, just click the heart icon on the desired post to add it to your favorites list. When you’re ready to view your favorites, just click the large heart icon in the main navigation.

Favorites

Favorites

When/if you’re ready to remove a post from your favorites list, just click the post’s small heart icon again. The post won’t be visually removed so you’ll have to refresh the page to see your updated favorites list. I would imagine this will change as the developers developer (there’s only one great developer) has time to implement this more seamless functionality.

Edit: Jacob (Some Lemonade creator/developer) has already fixed this!

Other Features

Searching

Searching

The last of the features is search and FFFFound! capabilities. Searching is fantastic as it makes it incredibly easy to find specific media across your social networks and even save those searches for viewing again later. To save a search, run your search first then click the star icon at the top of the page.

If you want to remove a search book mark, you’re strangely not able to click the star again but instead will need to hover over the link in the search bookmarks list and click the “X” that appears. Edit: Jacob has already fixed this!

Final Thoughts

Some Lemonade is a fantastic little app for exploring media in your social networks and makes it much easier to remove all the text clutter you may not be interested in viewing at the moment. It’s a pretty new app so it will have many more feature additions and improvements over the coming year. I did notice a few places the interface was lacking JavaScript implementation that would create a more seamless experience but I assume those are a work in progress.

I (and I’m sure the developers developer of Some Lemonade) would love to hear your thoughts on Some Lemonade and if you use any similar apps for exploring and enjoying your social networks.

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