Just in time for Memorial Day weekend--when pictures of barbecue and pool shenanigans run rampant--Facebook releases its Camera app for iOS. Essentially, Camera is just a streamlined way to upload all of your mobile photos to the ubiquitous social network. But the app's release comes right on the heels of Facebook's billion-dollar purchase of Instagram, leaving many to wonder why Camera was even released in the first place.
If you’re in any kind of business, you’re probably a LinkedIn user. Considered to be the Facebook of professional social networks, LinkedIn has more than 150 million members worldwide, and their iOS app got a substantial update on Thursday bringing native iPad support and more.
Equal parts blog and network, Storify cuts and curates pieces from various social circles and presents them as semi-linear, dynamic "stories," which can then be shared and embedded across the web. Finished products look something like a term paper by someone who doesn't quite understand footnotes, but Storify's unique organizational skills bring social media to life in a way your Twitter timeline and Facebook Wall cannot. But I didn't appreciate Storify's full potential until I used its iPad app.
Despite Facebook's massive buyout and its rollout onto Android, we love Instagram. It's a fun blend of simple photography and social networking. But that doesn't mean there aren't some worthy alternatives to our favorite photo sharing service. While we can't see ourselves leaving Instagram anytime soon (none of these apps feature editing tools or filters, for instance), there are four social photo-sharing services worth checking out in the App Store.
Our inbox recently got hit with a couple sad reminders of how services can roar onto the scene and then whimper away with far less fanfare over time. Such was the case for Google Wave, which is being turned off on April 30, and the fate of Posterous remains a big question mark.
You love your friends and their sometimes unintelligible tweets and Facebook posts, so why not turn them into a novel? Storify lets you create stories out of your social networks. Finally! You can do a little damage to the High School Beauty Queen's Facebook timeline. Or maybe that's just my fantasy…
Facebook Timeline is the social network's latest method of adding more trinkets to your profile page. It's a virtual scrapbook of your whole Facebook history that fits in with the site's new timeline format. You can get the most out of the new format by displaying not just your Facebook activities, but by using apps to show what else you're doing around the web. Facebook touts it as a way to bring your timeline to life and express who you are, and we'd say that's pretty accurate. Timeline apps are a great way to integrate your various hobbies into your Facebook profile.
If you haven't started using apps with your Timeline profile, here are 10 of our favorite to get you started. Be warned though--if you aren't one to share, you might want to skip this feature. These apps send all of your various activities straight to your Facebook profile!
These days, it seems that we spend more time uploading and sharing photos to multiple websites than actually interacting with the people we're sharing with. That is, unless you get on board with an online service called Pixelpipe, which enables you to share content with multiple services.
There's no denying that Twitter's one of the easiest platforms for sharing your thoughts. As such, there are a flurry of featured-packed apps for both Mac and iOS that let you use Twitter to post your blurbs, share your photos, and let everyone know where you're hanging out. Here are five of our favorite Twitter clients.
There are social networks for everyone and everything. Whether you want to exploit colleagues for connections, take faux-retro pictures on your iPhone, or brag about how far you ran, there’s a network for that. In fact, social networks are so prevalent that the term has almost come to mean nothing at all. We decided it was time to take a look at some of the biggest contenders and see where they soar and where they sink.