Apps: Social Networking
Finally: an Official Facebook App
I live on Facebook. Seriously, I do. I’ve spent the last year writing two books about Facebook, written countless blog posts, and done tons of research on it. When I was out and about with my phone or iPad, interacting with Facebook on a browser or through a third-party app was a limiting experience. I reviewed the previously available apps for viewing Facebook in the July/August Issue of iPhone Life magazine. At that time Friendly (Free, iPad only: app2.me/3814) was my top choice.
This app gives you a quick and easy way to use your phone's GPS to check in on Facebook, and to find where your friends have checked in from recently as well. It will also provide you with some useful information such as where the nearest cafe or hotel is, and quite a bit more to. The app is pretty simple to use and seems to be pretty accurate as far as where it has you check in from. If you don't have many friends who check in from their GPS phones than there won't be much information on your map but it can still be fun and as more and more people get smart phones this will likely become even more useful.
I recently finished an article for the next issue of iPhone Life (on newsstands in February) about video aggregator apps. These are a lot of fun, in that they collect videos from your social networks and other favorite news or web sources and present them in a Flipboard-like fashion. I've written about Plizy in the past, and in my article I also highlighted Showyou. These two are my favorites, and both are free.
Big news late yesterday: the wildly popular Flipboard app (free) originally available only for the iPad is now available for the iPhone as a universal app. Flipboard is so popular, and so many iPhone users downloaded it, that CNET is reporting that the service is down. The app gives you an amazing new window onto Facebook and other social networking services.
A social networking integrated calendar app? That’s what AKAON seems to have launched in the App Store. I was skeptical, but the more you play with Planner S, the more sense it makes. It’s own kind of quirky sense, to be sure, but sense.
I recently got a request to review the social netwoking app 'SUP!' and I've got to say, it's one of the nicer social calendar apps I've tried. It's got nice custom graphics and very easy navigation with five clear buttons on the bottom and then the on calendar buttons as well. The registration for this app was very quick and easy, took less than two minutes to get up and running. I loved the quick tutorial; it was only about 2 minutes at the most but gave me a good understanding of the app and how to use it without wasting my time describing every tiny detail of the app. Creating an event was nice and easy with quite a few built in event types along with the custom option.