Apps: Social Networking
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.
Ping is very confusing for some people, so here's my explanation and the way I see it.
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.
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.
I have searched and searched for an app that allows me to easily manage my Twitter feeds on my iPad. I have tried many and have settled in on Osfoora. Things I like, are the ability to follow multiple feeds, built in URL shortening, ease of customization, not to mention a comfortable layout. I find that I tap less with Osfoora than with other Twitter apps, and saving time is a big deal. It does cost $3.99... and for me, it's well worth it. http://www.osfoora.com/
I’ve been using Ping for the iPhone since its initial release date, and I’ve been extremely happy with it.
Ping is a text-messaging app. There is no monthly charges and no roaming charges to Ping someone, but they must also have a Ping account. This is great for your family and friends and saves a bundle.