Apps: Social Networking
In the aftermath of the Skype-Fring split in July last year, Skype has finally caught up with Fring’s smartphone video-call capability by introducing its own.
Version 3.0 of Skype (free) just came out yesterday and now offers video calling over both WiFi and 3G. Skype has long been the most widely used service for Internet telephony, and now you can use the iPhone 4 front-facing camera to conduct video calls. You can read a great hands-on review on the PCmag.com website. The quality is reportedly quite good, even over 3G. And you can call cross-platform, even to PC users.
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 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.
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) 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.
Digital 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.
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 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.