Snipp3t is an aggregated celebrity news app for iOS. Developed by Microsoft and driven by Bing's search engine, the app offers easy-to-digest bits of info on your favorite famous people. You can use Snipp3t as a guest to get top stories about trending entertainment, sports, and political figures; or you can log in with Facebook to better personalize your experience.
Phone friendly: Snipp3t was clearly developed for on-the-go usage, with its easy-to-read white text on black background and Timeline-style scrolling. You don't have to log in each time or set up an account at all, for that matter, to get the top trending stories.
Great Facebook interactivity: If you log in with Facebook, the app suggests celebrities to follow based on your likes. Add friends to discover which names they're following. If your favorite celebrity isn't automatically recommended, just search and add them. You can also share stories to Facebook. To share stories over additional social media, like Twitter or Tumblr, you must leave Snipp3t first.
Short and sweet: When you click on any celebrity Snipp3t profile, you get a story snippet, recent images, tweets, and videos -- which is great for fans who have just a minute to spare. Those with more time to kill can also easily like or comment on any story. If you want to see only the stories of one particular celebrity, click their profile and scroll through their recent items.
Easy unsubscribing: Over a newsmaker? Go to my subscriptions, favorites, or a celebrity's profile page to easily unfollow them.
Unlike button: We love that Snipp3t lets you unlike a story. In fact, we wish that social media like Facebook or Twitter would also include this functionality.
Not all liked celebrities are included: We wish that Snipp3t had shown us every celebrity we liked on Facebook, rather than just one.
Hillary Clinton: The former secretary of state, senator, and first lady is noticeably absent from this app. Bill Clinton is there, and so are President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama. We even found Barbara Bush. The good news is we can send a request to Snipp3t to include her in the near future.
Trending celebrities: Even after you've selected your favorite celebrities, there are a lot of trending celebrities on your timeline who you might not care about. Unfortunately, you can't stop these from appearing. However, we imagine that the more celebrities you follow, the less of these you'll see.
Spelling matters: When you're using Bing.com, there is autocorrect for searches, which is helpful when you don't have celebrity names memorized. That functionality doesn't come with Snipp3t. So searching for the erroneous "Toby Mcguire," instead of the correct "Tobey Maguire," landed no results for us.
No push notifications: While some users might prefer it that way, we kept push notifications turned on for certain trending celebrities and still got no alerts about new stories or tweets.
With its streamlined, legible interface and easily digestible news and social media items, Snipp3t is a terrific app for celebrity newshounds on the go. But until all newsmakers are included, as well as autocorrect spelling and the ability to hide famous people that we don't care about, we can't give it a perfect score.