This is a guest post by Amelia on social media apps for iPhone and iPad. You can read the guidelines for guest posting at our guest posting guidelines page.
So you have got yourself and iPhone or an iPad – great, aren’t they? Apple’s two premier devices are excellent for just about everything: playing games, watching movies, listening to music, browsing the web, the list is endless. However, do you know what the best thing about owning an iPhone or an iPad is? Social Networking! I love it; you love it; we all love it.
Keeping abreast of the latest happenings in the world of your friends and favorite celebrates is a major part of everyday life and with all of the apps that are available for using, and improving, our social media experience, never will there be another minute that passes us by in the world of the social network – so long as we have our iPhones and iPads handy that is!
Here are the top 10 social media apps that you need to download on your Apple device – they can be useful for both internet marketing and just having fun in the social networks:
Hootsuite is a great app for getting all of your social networking profiles into one place. You can manage as many different accounts as you like and micro-post to as many of them as you like at the same time. There is also the ability to take photos using your iPhone/iPad camera for instant upload and receive analytic data on how many people have read your tweets and status updates. A must for those with more than one social network account (which is pretty much all of us!).
For holders of multiple Twitter accounts, TweetDeck is a great little app, and the great news is – it’s free! With an innovative column interface, this app makes it easy to swipe between friend lists, mentions and direct messages. It also makes it very easy to post tweets and upload photos. Facebook integration is also included to ensure you are never far from a friends status update while browsing Twitter.
The Facebook app is a definite improvement over the mobile site and offers improved browsing and navigation. The iPad app in particular is great for swiping through and viewing photos using pinch-to-zoom. Games and videos can also be watched in full screen which is a great feature.
IM Pro +
If you have a few social networking sites, the chances are you have a chat account on one, or more, of them. What IM Pro + does is provide you with the platform to combine of all your chat accounts into one user-friendly place making them easy to view and even easier to use.
Flipboard is like Hootsuite in the fact that it allows you to merge different social network accounts into one easy to view place, however, it does it in a slightly different way. Flipboard transforms timelines into stylish ‘magazine’ like pages making them more visually appealing and fun to read.
For social networkers with a keen interest in watching TV shows and movies or reading books, or listening music, or pretty much anything to do with entertainment really, GetGlue is a great app. This app allows you to rate and share with others what you watching; reading, etc. giving contacts a heads-up on anything worthwhile.
An iPhone (especially the new iPhone 4S) or an iPad is not only great fun to use; it can also be an important device for professional use. LinkedIn is a social network for professionals allow users to connect with other like-minded individuals. The app is clear and easy-to-use, allowing you to see any updates, messages and other happenings in your profession.
Gowalla is probably the best location-based social media app on the market and uses the devices in-built GPS to determine your location and suggest fun things to do. If you travel a lot this app is great and has a ‘trip’ feature where users create lists of must-visit locations and attractions.
Sociable is an app that can bring all of your social network accounts together and allow you to manage as many as you like a simple user-interface. If you are a bit of a social media addict, this is the app for you.
Google Apps Browser
Switching between the numerous services that Google offers can be pretty tiresome on the iPhone or iPad. Google Apps Browser provides you with access to 18 different Google services from one clever app. It is also integrated with both Facebook and Twitter, making sharing simple.
About an Author:
Amelia has a degree in journalism, and has worked as a journalist for more than three years and writes about news and comparison articles about mobile phones, usually out of her own experience.