Quub is currently in limited beta and, as of this writing, as 5,773 open spots remaining. There are a few up-and-coming websites that specialize in mass-status updates for all of your social networking sites and Quub is one of those, but better.
It officially launched on April 28 and has now sort of matured a little after a slightly rocky startâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â€šÃ„Ã¹which was expected, really. Even though it’s still in beta, it’s extremely strong and well-thought-out, I think.
Basically, Quub aims to make life easier for the over-socialed, over-networked people of today. Some of us don’t just have accounts on multiple networking sites like VOIS and Facebook, but we have multiple accounts on those sites as well. Personal, business, and even family accounts are not uncommon now as we juggle everything on our PCs and smart phones.
Quub links with Facebook, Hi5, LinkdIn, MySpace, Plaxo, Plurk, Tumblr, and Twitter. More than just an across-the-board status updater, though, Quub has a few extras that put it over-the-top compared to some of its competition.
First, it’s extremely easy to use and generally holds your hand through the entire process. This without being condescending or too dumbed-down for power users. Better than that, though, it’s intelligent.
Quub uses a small AI that recalls what you’ve written before and makes guesses as you enter what you’re doing now. So if you put in a lot of âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬Going ot the gym,âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ and âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬Just got off workâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ updates, it will repeat those for you easily. This not only makes it faster to send updates, but it gives it a more tailored feel to the prefab info we tend to use.
Another bonus is that you’re not locked in to update every network you have linked to it. Every time you send an update, you have the option of de-selecting sites from the list, so if you just want to Tweet and Facebook Status your update and forget the others, you can do so.
One downer to Quub right now is that it doesn’t work on most mobile platforms and doesn’t have a browser plug-in or desktop app yet either. Those are coming down the pike, though. Right now, Quub can be used through your browser on the Web and on Android and Blackberry handhelds.
Finally, let’s wrap up with another of Quub’s great features: contact and message grouping. You can group contacts from each network into groups and time-line message threads and group them as well. The dashboard for this is very easy and looks similar to others in that game.
Another thing you won’t find on Quub are URL shorteners (like TinyURL) or photo uploading. No word on whether those are coming soon or not. I’d like to see them, myself.
Overall, since it’s still in beta, I’d say that Quub is a great app so far and definitely has a huge amount of potential. It runs quickly, syncs nicely, and is very easy to use.