I am not a Twitter power user. I'm what you would call a lurker--I've sent all of 18 tweets since I created my account several years ago--but I still use my favorite client (Tweetbot) quite a bit throughout the day. My needs are simple: I want to instantly locate tweets I haven't read and scroll through them quickly, explore links easily and effortlessly send articles my Instapaper queue.
If you're a fan of desktop clients for Twitter, it's likely you're a fan of Tweetbot. Whether it's on your iOS device or your desktop, Tweetbot is one clean piece of software. Unfortunately, Twitter's latest wave of API changes has made it so that Tapbots, the engineers behind Tweetbot, can no longer support the alpha version of the app that was available to us until just a few days ago. Tapbots says they'll once again release Tweetbot for Mac sometime in the near future, but if you're just now looking for a Twitter client, or your Tweetbot Alpha no longer works, here are a few alternatives. They may not quite fill the void, but until Tweetbot is re-released, they'll work pretty well.
While it's not exactly a direct rival for the likes of Instapaper or Pocket, social networking giant Facebook is rolling out a new feature that allows both mobile and desktop users to save stories for later reading.
With its privacy gaffe earlier this year squarely behind them, the folks at Path are forging ahead with new features to make sharing with loved ones better than ever. Bigger photos, movie and book sharing and more are all on deck in Path 2.5.
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.