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Social Networking

IM on the iPhone

The features you should look for in an instant messaging app

 


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A Personal Assistant

Personal  AssistantWith so many sites and services available, unless you can get all of your friends and associates to agree on one, you’ll need half a dozen apps to stay in touch. Fortunately, there is one app that lets you stay in touch with all of the social network services you subscribe to—A Personal Assistant.

A Personal Assistant brings all of your social networks together in one easy-to-use app.

FreshFeed

FreshFeedPerhaps the top site for sharing feeds is the aptly named FriendFeed (friendfeed.com). There are quite a few apps that offer access to one’s FriendFeed account, but after looking at a number of them, I settled on FreshFeed. The app’s home screen provides a chronological list of your friends’ feeds and posts. Other screens offer access to more specific groups or discussions. I found the iPhone app to be even more versatile and usable than the Web-based version.

 

 

 

 

LinkedIn

LinkedInPerhaps the most interesting phenomenon to arise from constant connectivity is the “feed.” The feed refers to the ability to instantly share links, thoughts, articles, and pretty much anything else with your friends and connections. 
LinkedIn was originally designed as a business networking site, but today its home page barely mentions business connections. Instead, it focuses on the various feeds those connections have posted; allowing the user to know what his or her circle of friends and acquaintances is reading, writing or posting.

Facebook

FacebookEditor's ChoiceIn recent years MySpace’s dominance has been replaced by other social networking sites. The one finding the biggest place in people’s hearts and computers is Facebook. In fact, when I bought a 1st generation iPod touch, Facebook was one of the first apps I downloaded. It remains on my first screen to this day.

MySpace Mobile

MySpace MobileMySpace was the original social network, and although it has recently seen a significant decline in users and popularity, it’s still relevant. I’m impressed with how much you can do with their iPhone app. If fact, it incorporates almost all of the Web app’s main features into a simple and easy-to-use interface. You can even upload pictures or video that you take on your iPhone straight to your MySpace page. MySpace Mobile is a great mobile alternative for the desktop experience.

Facebook offers the most feature-rich social 
networking app for the iPhone.

 

 

Social Networking on the iPhone

Myspace Mobile, Facebook, LinkedIn, Fresh Feed, and Personal Assistant—all on the iPhone

It is always amazing to watch the tides of change flow through the world of technology. It seems like just yesterday, e-mail was the big new mode of communication. (Imagine! You can write a letter and send it anywhere in the world…no stamp required.) Then instant messaging came along, but now it doesn’t seem quite instant enough for many users. Social networking is the hot new technology, giving users the ability to communicate instantly with large groups of people.


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Twitter on the iPhone

Which Twitter app is best for you?

Twitter has been up and running for over three years, and we have had mature iPhone apps supporting Twitter for just over one year. It’s safe to say that Twitter took a big leap when the first crop of iPhone apps came out allowing people with limited SMS accounts to join the fun. As we enter the summer of 2009, the number of Twitter apps for the iPhone has grown, offering plenty of options.


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Facebook 3.0 is here!

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The Facebook app is one of the most popular free apps, with an amazing 343,000 ratings. Version 3.0 was released late this week. So if you're into social networking, and like doing it from your iPhone, head on over to the App Store and get the latest version. It requires iPhone 3.0 and has a ton of new features, including landscape mode, the ability to post photos and videos, and much more. According to online discussion, everyone is pretty thrilled with this new version, saying it's very different from 2.5 and a huge improvement.



Apps from a trash collector, waiter, and magician

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Everybody's getting into app development these days. What if you're a trash collector and you have a great idea for an app that lets people get help for their problems? Rob Shoesmith was that trash collector (though called a "bin man" in the U.K., where he lives). He took his idea to the MEDL Mobile's App Incubator, and it was one of 8 out of 12,000 proposed apps that were selected for development. You can see an entertaining video of Rob on his website.



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