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Apps: Social Networking

Get Kik'd Into Gear This Holiday!

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            As an iPhone user, have you ever wondered what its like to BBM?  Well, whether you have or haven’t, “kik” is an application that allows you to have that experience.  Rising in popularity among iPhone users in my circle, kik has its advantages. 

            Instead of having a pin, one operates kik under a username.  Upon downloading kik, the application prompts the user to create a username that they will not forget and that is easy to share with friends, family, coworkers and the like.  Once doing so, you are ready to go. 



HootSuite Finally Comes To The iPad!

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HootSuite is now my new best friend when it comes to Twitter applications. The interface is clean and easy to understand and I can manage all my social networking sites in one app. I have been using HootSuite (free) on my iPod Touch and online for some time but couldn't take using it on my iPad in the iPhone mode......but no more. They just came out with an iPad rewrite that is glorious.



Do you Tango?

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Because I do. I Tangoed last night. For those of you not in the know, Tango is a new app that let's you make free mobile video calls (facetime). There are three reasons why this is exciting:

1. Tango lets you make video calls using 3g. This means you are no longer tied to wifi to make or receive video calls

2. Tango lets you make calls across platforms. This means that I can facetime with my friends who own android phones. (not that I would want to)

3. it's FREE!!



Tango Video Calls -- free app for free video calling works over 3G, connects with Android users

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Tango Video Calls (free) was just released today and seems another good option in addition to FaceTime and Skype. Calling is free, and you can connect with other iPhone 3GS or 4 users, as well as with Android phones. It works over 3G and Wi-Fi. You can invite friends and others via one-click email or text message. The app automatically imports your iPhone contacts. It lets you easily switch to audio only, and to swap the large and small screens so that you can see more clearly what the other person is seeing.



Best Apps: Social Networking

social-networkingDigital social networking permeates almost every aspect of our daily lives. From government to business to dating, social networking opens doors and greatly increases your sphere of influence. The apps in this section let you access your social network wherever you are to update your friends and colleagues about your activities with just a few finger taps. They make it easy to post to your personal blog, upload pictures and video, send out invitations, or let your customers know about a new sale offer.


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FourSQUARE and Seven Years Ago!

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The most intriguing thing lately has been “seeing where people are.”  With the new feature on Facebook for iPhone called, “Places” one is able to broadcast their location from anywhere they are.  It works like, “checking-in.”  It posts to the newsfeed so that friends can see where everyone is.  Also, one is able to tag the people that they are with, in the post of their location.  There are many interesting aspects of these new features including the wonder of how safe it is; however, since it is on Facebook, the user controls their privacy through who views their profile.

 



TextNow -- free app gives you a free phone number that you can use for free texting on your iPad or iPod touch

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TextNow is currently available for free, and if you'd like to do free texting on your iPad or iPod touch, this app certainly deserves consideration. They actually give you a free phone number that others can use to send text messages to your iPad or iPod touch. It also can be used to send picture messages. It does have ads, but you can use in-app purchasing to upgrade to a version without apps ($5.99 per year). Here's a video demo.



Ping, is not ready for prime time yet!

Ping is very confusing for some people, so here's my explanation and the way I see it.



A Whole Lot of Tweeting Going On?

Its simple to see some of these newer apps on the rise but some of the most important ones are whats most popular; not just new.  Social Networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and other blogging websites alone are all popular amongst not only the younger age group; however every single group of ages!  Companies are now using Twitter as well as Facebook to promote and advertise and we see it more and more everywhere we turn.  Specifically, Twitter seems to be on more of a rise since its launch.  The 140 character limit on a "tweet" seems to allow for more of a quick and to the point message to send to all of its followers.  

 



Whistle Phone Updated

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The Whistle VOIP app recently received an upgrade. If you are a current customer, you would have received that same email also. What I like about this app is that it's Free to call anywhere in the continental US. So what if you have to wait 10-15 seconds after listening to an ad before your call is connected (That is how is stays free). While, I do not use it every day, it does come in handy, especially when I can save a few bucks on a long distance call or use it as a back up service.

One of their newest updated features, for a Limited Time though, is to use as many pushes as you want.



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