Before the recent boom of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, the only list of friends or contacts most people would manage and interact with was their address book. The hardcover indexed address books and the electronic databanks (remember those cool Casio devices with enough memory to store 128 contacts) are the true ancestors of your social graph. Read more to understand why I believe the address book is still very much the key to success of any social network today. Read more…
Facebook has just announced their latest evolution: a newly revamped messaging platform. It groups conversations by friend and is modelled after chat rather than traditional emailing. With more and more people using Facebook on their phone, read more to see why I believe it is a real threat to Blackberry.
For the past two days, the buzz is all over the web. It is still a global trending topic in Twitter (its competitor?) and most blogs have now shared their thoughts about Google’s latest baby: Google Buzz.
Google Buzz is Google’s latest initiative to take its slice of the social media cake. A new platform to share status updates, photos, locations, etc. Sounds familiar? Indeed, the concept is a mixture of Twitter + Facebook + Foursqurare. You’re already using two or three of these platforms and asking yourself why you should care? Why should you start posting status updates to yet another platform? Well read more and find out why I think you should at least pay attention to this new Buzz.
Facebook: the 3rd edition of Facebook’s very own iPhone app will keep you connected to all your friends and Facebook pages. It also allows you to update your status on the go, as well as upload photos and videos (iPhone 3GS only). iTunes link
LinkedIn: a full-featured iPhone client for the most professional of all social networks. If you’re an active LinkedIn user, here’s how to manage your network on the go. Invites, messages, profiles, updates, etc… all the LinkedIn features available on the web are there. iTunes link
Foursquare: there again, some of you might be more into Gowala or Loopt when it comes to checking in at your favorite venue. I am personally addicted to Foursquare. iTunes link
Pingle: I don’t think the guys at Ping.fm have developed an iPhone app (it might change now that Loic Lemeur and Seesmic bought them over) but Pingle lets you connect to your Ping.fm account and update all your various social networks at once. iTunes link
My Hub: you’re right, that’s number 6 and the title up there says “5 apps”. Well, at $1,99 it is still a great tool to access all your contacts from one single app. The current version brings Facebook, Twitter and Plaxo together with the native address book of your iPhone. Future releases will hopefully support LinkedIn, unified search and cached data. So I thought my #6 deserved its place in my top 5 iTunes link