Posts tagged Social Networking
This week Facebook celebrated their 10th anniversary. A lot of things have changed for the social networking giant in that decade. Some of the changes have been good, some not so good but 1.6 billion people use the service on a daily basis so clearly they are doing something right. As part of the 10th anniversary Facebook launched Facebook Paper, a completely new app from the recently formed Facebook Creative Labs. The missions statement of the new Creative Labs is to “…we’re crafting new apps to support the diverse ways people want to connect and share”. Bold statement to be sure but their first creation, Facebook Paper, is absolutely spot-on. Paper can revolutionise your Facebook experience and after just a few days, it has become my primary app on my iPhone where I access my timeline, connect with friends via Messenger and get updates on subjects I’m interested in on a daily basis.
Facebook Paper is Facebook-meets-Flipboard in many ways but I think Facebook has done a far better job of execution on this social news mashup. The UI is intuitive with access to your timeline and topics of interest only swipes away and full articles only a tap away. It is perfectly designed for the iPhone and for using it while on the go.
Twitter has released a nice update to the Twitter app for iOS that almost exclusively focus’ on your ability to share photos on the social networking service. The company has provided several new features and tools within the app that make finding photos on your iPhone or iPad quicker and easier.
The most notable change in the Twitter app is the new gallery icon when you are composing a Tweet or replying to a tweet. Now when you reply to a Tweet you have a gallery icon at the bottom of the reply page which with one tap allows you to share a photo from your camera roll. Twitter has also made it easier to mention other users when you Tweet a photo.
iOS and Android users who want a fast and easy way to stay in the loop and access content that is personalized to match their evolving interests – but without having to spend time and effort searching through thousands of sources – can now download the innovative, new no-cost app Noot.
Developed by Noot Inc., Noot immediately gets to work by scouring over 150 curated channels to find interesting news, videos and social media content, which are presented to users in a refreshingly simple scanned format via the app’s intuitive “flat” design look and feel. Users can also easily select additional channels of interest, including those related to entertainment, celebrities, sports, world news, business, technology, health, and hundreds more. They can also define their own topics, and easily share anything they come across with friends, family and colleagues via Facebook and Twitter.
A great drink is more than a sensory experience and goes beyond chemistry. It relaxes or enlivens. It helps strike up new friendships or deepen old ones. It gives the joy of finding something new or the pleasure of connoisseurship. The right drink in the right place puts you in a moment like nothing else can.
We’re creating a community to find those drinks, to locate those places, and to share those moments. So, we’re proud to announce Elixr for iPhone and Android. And, we invite your readers on a journey to Discover Great Drinks.
Elixr’s main features:
* Check-in. Take a photo of your drink and edit it in creative ways. Tell us what you had and where. Rate the drink. Post it to your favorite social networks or keep it private.
* Interact. Find out what your friends are having. Make new connections based on drinks you love or where you are. Like and comment on drinks. Add interesting drinks to your favorite and to-do lists.
* Discover. Find the best drink venues nearby or around the world. See who’s making great cocktails and who has a tempting beer or wine list.
* Search. The quest for the best drinks and venues can be challenging. Search across all of Elixr to find exactly what you’re looking for.
Having gone from an unloved app to one now receiving somewhat reasonable updates, Twitter for Mac has been updated to version 3.0 with several improvements and feature enhancements. These updates bring the OS X version of the social networking app more in line with the look and user experience of their iOS counterparts.
There was a period of time last year where Twitter for Mac didn’t receive an update for, well, nearly a year, and it had all but been abandoned by Twitter. While the Mac version still lags behind its iOS brethren, it has received several of
the big feature changes over the course of the last six months that have brought it back to being a serious Twitter app for Mac users.
The biggest change in this update for Twitter for Mac has come in the preview of photos on your timeline. Like the iOS version, you
can now view images without having to click on the Tweet itself. You can of course disable this (Preferences>Image Previews) but personally this is one of the things I love about the iOS versions.
According to the Release Notes, here are the other big changes in this update of Twitter for Mac:
- Check out the tweet detail pane to see the conversation around a tweet as well as favorite and retweet counts.
- Profiles now show header photos to display the unique personality of every user. Learn more about them by seeing who they follow and are followed by, their lists, and their custom timelines.
- We’ve refreshed the overall look and feel of the app.
Twitter for Mac is free and this update is available now in the Mac App Store. You will need to be running 10.7 (Lion) or later on your Mac to use the app. You will also need to have an account on Twitter which is also free.
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Atlantia Software today released InstaConcert for iOS, a new app that makes taking, sharing, and viewing photos while at a concert a snap. Featuring automatic location-based artist and venue discovery, 15 fun text skins for annotating shots, and effortless sharing to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, it enables users to quickly capture and share their best concert moments. Rounding out the feature-set of this streamlined, iOS 7 inspired app is a “Photos at this Show” feed that users can access to view Instagram photos that others have recently shared from the same concert.
“Attending concerts is one of my favorite pass-times” said Nick Bonatsakis, the app’s creator and sole proprietor at
Atlantia Software. “I started noticing a trend at shows, more and more people around me would be taking photos and sharing them to Instagram.”, he said. “So i thought to myself, wouldn’t it be cool if there were an app specifically designed to make taking concert photos a better experience?”
Regarding specifics around the app’s features, Bonatsakis remarks “The automatic artist and venue discovery was the key feature for me. Everyone’s annotating photos with text now days, and it bums me out to spend even a few moments of extra time at a concert typing it out instead of enjoying the music.” “The other feature I’m super excited about is the Photos at this Show Feed” he added. ” You’re always seeing all thees people taking photos from different parts of the venue, being able to easily browse them all seemed like a natural fit for the app.”
InstaConcert for iOS is available on the iTunes App Store for free, with in-app purchase of .99 Cents to unlock the full set of photo skins.
The check-in everywhere and become the mayor of it social networking service Foursquare has updated their iPhone app with a new look & feel along with some nice new features. The Foursquare app is now up to version 7 and the biggest change you will notice is the UI. Yes it has the flattened iOS 7 look but they have also redesigned the app’s overall look. Gone is the map on the front page when you start the Foursquare app for example and instead, a clean list of your friends and their latest check-ins. You will also see any photos they have taken with their latest check-in in this Twitter-esque
The other big change in the Foursquare app is a deeper level of location awareness of the app. Now when you arrive at a new location Foursquare will tell you things that you need to know about that location and you do not even have to have the app open for it to do so. It’s a great way to find out about a special going on at a venue or what the best drink is at the bar you just stepped into.
Finally, the What’s Nearby feature of the app has been updated to be a bit more random so you get a larger swath of tips, specials and the like.
Foursquare seems to be one of those social networks that people either love – I’m in the camp – or not so much. It is all about sharing – your location, your likes, your activities – amongst a group of friends. The more friends, the more fun and the more places you go the more opportunities you have to be the mayor of that location (i.e. you have checked in there the most). It’s a bit competitive, it is a bit social networking and it is a bit of business. Several businesses here in the London area offer big discounts to the Foursquare mayor when they arrive at a location & the app will tell you about those discounts when you arrive and check in (For you business owners out there, check out Foursquare for Business)
Foursquare is a free service but does require you have an account which is also free. The Foursquare app is for iPhone and this latest update is available now in the App Store.
The Foursquare app for iOS has been updated with a few bug fixes and improvements but also a new Nearby feature in the social networking app. The new Nearby feature now allows you to quickly see which of your friends on Foursquare are nearby so you can meet up with them.
The Nearby feature for restaurants, bars and other locales has been in Foursquare for a while now but this new ability to find friends easier is an improvement on the feature. This, coupled with the new ability to find a friend’s latest check-in with Foursquare, can make those impromptu meet ups for a coffee or beer quick and easy.
For those who have not tried Foursquare or are not familiar with it, it is a social networking app that allows you to check into locations. Those locations can have specials for you when you check in (such as a discount for a restaurant) or if you become the mayor of that location (the one with the most check-ins. I for example am the mayor of my local pub ). It is great if you live in a large metro area and have a lot of friends on the service as you can see who is really checking in where and what they are up to. Friendly stalking in some ways, great way to get restaurant and hotel information as well as users can post information, tips and reviews within the app in other ways.
Foursquare is a free app and service but does require you create an account.
Tumblr, the popular blogging-meets-social-networking-meets-photo-sharing services has updated the iOS version of their app with a complete new look and feel. The Tumblr app update brings all the new look and feel of iOS 7 but it also brings several new features or improvements to the app.
The most obvious change is the new iOS 7 in the Tumblr app with a more flattened look and if there is one thing about all
these apps going with the iOS 7 look, it makes learning them much easier for everyone. All the menus are in the same place in every app… but I digress.
Tumblr has also thrown in several new features in this update including a new post compose screen, a new post chooser and a new fast reblog of something you found and like on Tumblr. Personally I think the last feature they have added, the Tag autocomplete, is the biggest win. Now when you tag a post, Tumblr will start making tag suggestions as you type, much like Twitter does in their app. It is a big timesaver and makes it easy to find a tag that might be trending rather than your version of a tag.
The updated Tumblr app is available now in the App Store. It is a free download and it is a universal app. Tumblr does come with an age warning when you download it from the App Store due to content being posted that may be objectionable for some, especially those under 17. It’s not an adult playground per se but you can run into things you didn’t expect. When you sign up for Tumblr (which is also free) you have the ability to filter NSFW (Not Safe For Work) material at the account level which will cut out 99% of objectionable posts.
Twitter for iOS has received another update as the now public social networking giant continues to tweak and improve it. The latest update focuses on three major areas including a significantly improved search functionality. Now you can filter searches much easier by selecting the type of Twitter content you want to see such as photos, videos or tags. With billions of Tweets sent each day, this new filtering should help you wade through everything to find specifically what you are searching for in the service.
In addition to the search improvements, the Discovery section has seen some improvements. Now you can see what is
trending on TV as well as things near your location (assuming you have Location Services enabled). The idea behind this is so you can see what is trending in your city or location so you can get in on that activity or find out about local breaking news, etc.
Finally a new security feature has been added to Twitter for iOS. Now you can capture a screenshot of your backup login verification code that is generated as part of your double authentication process Twitter introduced several months ago. This will help you keep your backup code safe in your camera roll (and in your Photo Stream).
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