Apps: Social Networking
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.
Facebook's app for iOS devices just received a major update — and finally includes a new interface specifically for the iPad. Hurray! The app is very different from the iPhone app and effectively takes advantage of the larger screen. It includes access to Facebook games, apps, and chat, and a number of other features. Photos are high resolution, and you can flip through them like a photo album. Navigation is optimized so that you can quickly access features and return to where you were.
I think it might be good to define "social" as it relates to the internet. To me, social means there are built-in ways to have a conversation, ways to find similar people with similar interests, and ways to rank or review. If you think about Facebook, you can have a conversation, search for similar people by keyword, and click that famous "Like" button or link. Obviously, this is social. Yet, how about something like the app Foodspotting? Some social features have just been added to help widen its appeal. Now you can follow reviewers, rank food, and have your own page with your reviews. And you can log in with Facebook—all pretty social by my definition. So, I decided to find some off-the-beaten-path social apps for you to explore.
It's hard to ignore Facebook's social media dominance. This app gives you access to all of Facebook's main features, and it keeps you fully connected. "Addicted" would be an appropriate description for some of us.
I just discovered a free GPS app for my iPhone called Waze. Free is usually an indicator of a light version of a full app. Not here. I have played around with and paid for some full featured navigation apps and have not been terribly impressed. I actually just drove from NYC with my brother, to Greensboro NC. We had two iPad, two iPhones and a built in GPS in my brothers vehicle. It was a Mo, Larry, Curly moment. We stopped multiple times by the side of the road to determine why all the devices were giving us different info, and actually got lost once. I am just glad my wife wasn't in the car or I would still be hearing about it. Anyway, I digress.