The other day on Twitter, I lamented about how hard it was for me to get over my shyness and say hello to my mat neighbor in yoga class. And then I realized it's because everything I know about being social I learned from Twitter and Facebook. And then I got a little sad when I realized that's what my generation has come to. But that's alright, because I suppose that just gives me more of a reason to use my iOS devices, right? So I can stay friends with the few people I've met IRL? Oh crap, I'm using acronyms now. I've become the problem.
So, anyway, welcome to Free App Friday. And here are three social apps to help you stay in touch with friends.
Google+ is slowly becoming the new go-to social network. So much so, that you might be feeling left out of the scene because you just have no idea what's going on or what to actually use Google+ for. We put together a helpful little primer to get you started on Google's new social network, to get you all "plus one" in no time!
The video chatting sphere is really heating up online. In roughly the same week, Facebook announced their partnership with Skype and Google rolled out Hangout in their Google+. FaceTime for Mac hit the Mac App Store not too long ago and is set to get much bigger with Lion. Meanwhile, old hand Skype was bought by Microsoft just this year. Clearly, everyone's investing in video in a big way.
With the Google+ announcement and the rush to get on the newest social networking service, Facebook may soon look like a wild west scene with a tumbleweed blowing in the wind (i.e. like how Myspace looks now).
If you're looking to migrate from Facebook to Google+ or you just want to backup your Facebook photos, we found an online tool that can help you out and save you some time.
I've had Facebook since its inception and it's annoying how the site keeps changing its layout and privacy policies. On top of that, Twitter's constant spam replies and quick-witted nature is starting to exhaust me. I've been ready for a change for quite some time now. So imagine my delight when, out of nowhere, Google simultaneously announced and released its own social networking service. It's new, so I can start with a clean slate that just happens to integrate with all of the Google services I already use on a daily basis (including my Android phone).
After taking the weekend to see what life was like without Facebook and Twitter, and sharing my holiday weekend with only 20 of my "invited" Google+ pals, I've got a better inkling about whether or not this new service from Google will add a new element to my life on the internet. I can say with certainty that it's a contender to the Big Two. Of course, if it's just going to be another privacy concern for me, maybe I'm better off without it
On this week's Mac|Life show, Robbie and Flo discuss Apple's response to the negativity surrounding Final Cut Pro X's release. Also, Google's got a new social networking thing. Maybe you've heard of it?
Google has given us a lot of great products and services over the years, but there's one nut they've yet to crack: Social networking. The release of Google+ is merely their latest attempt in a series of well-meaning failures that have made people wonder if they'll ever get it right. While it's too early to tell how this new network will pan out, it's worth taking a look back at Google's other experiments to see if they've learned their lessons.
On Tuesday, Google launched their offensive against Facebook with the new Google+ social network, which has drawn praise from those with early invites. As it turns out, there’s a bit of Apple DNA inside the project, with a user interface created by original Macintosh team member Andy Hertzfeld.