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I’m a social kind of guy. On the web, that means I’m a social media kind of guy. Which is why I was interested in Glue, a service from AdaptiveBlue that turns Firefox into one big trip to Indigo/DVD night/book club/music exchange. Now Glue for iPhone brings the same kind of experience to your mobile phone, so that you will never be too far away from someone else’s opinion about something you love again.
First, a little about the full, Firefox extension-based Glue network. Basically, you set up a profile (which can conveniently be drawn from your Facebook profile, no additional setup required) and sign in. Once logged in, whenever you visit a movie, book, or music product page, the Glue toolbar will appear at the top of the site, allowing you to interact on the item in question. You can read a summary of the product, find it on Amazon, YouTube, Rotten Tomatoes, and other sites, see recent friends who’ve interacted with it, recommend it to others and add comments. It’s almost like an instant-on Digg or delicious for multimedia products.
You use the same login you set up for Glue for Glue for iPhone. Once logged in to the app, you’re greeted with a list of Categories. I wasn’t actually aware before downloading the iPhone app that Glue covered as broad a scope of things as it does. Categories covered go well beyond books/music/movies and into things like electronics, stocks, and wines.
The default Category list that appears when you open the app is for you, and will only show you items that you’ve already liked or commented on. Using the navigation pane at the bottom of the iPhone’s screen, you can also see your friends’ and popular items and then “like” or comment on those items right from within the app.
There are two viewing modes for individual categories: a continuous list view with small thumbnails, and a coverflow-like mode with bigger images that you swipe to navigate. Both views support portrait mode only.
While it is limited compared to the full, desktop version of Glue (you can only view items which either you or your friends have already interacted with, or which are popular), Glue for iPhone does have enough functionality to be very useful in dealing with indecision at the book store, or when you and your significant other are at an impasse at Blockbuster.