Warning: Do not read this post if you want to keep your ‘real life’ friends.
Long gone are the days where you need a laptop of desktop to mange your social networks. In fact, thanks to the developments in smart phones, you can set up, manage and use each of your social profiles on the move.
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That’s right, we’re going to show you how you can ditch the heavy equipment for good and go 100% mobile!
Let’s begin by assuming you are aware of and are using many mobile versions of the most popular social networking sites. Just in case, let’s recap the big ones:
Now, let’s dig a little deeper.
The ‘supporting’ cast
- Facebook Messenger – If you want to take your Facebook chat function with you, then this is the app for you. It tells you who’s online and allows you to carry out instant chats from the palm of your hand. Nice eh?
- TwitPlus – addon for Twitter – This should probably be called ‘Twitter on Steroids’. This adds things like ‘odd style retweet’ and other functionality not available in the native Twitter mobile app.
Of course, if you don’t want to have a million separate apps you can download one of the many cross-platform services. The best of these include: Hootsuite, TweetDeck, Seesmic, UberSocial (although this last one is more a Twitter-specific app).
Time to show off
As readers of The Next Web, we expect you to be familiar with most of these apps. Now it’s time to show you some stuff that’ll really impress your friends. The hottest social apps and games doing the rounds at the moment include:
- Draw Something (collaborative drawing app), Words with Friends (like scrabble), Hooked (a game recommendation app), Fancy (a Pinterest style curation app), and Path (the semi-private social network).
- Pinterest hasn’t released an official app yet, but you can always download Pin’d.
- We haven’t really talked much about video yet, and there’s more to life than just YouTube mobile. The best of the bunch is an app called SocialCam from Justin.tv which allows easy video sharing with your friends.
If you want to manage your online life from your mobile, there are some great socially-inspired apps to choose from too, including:
That should ensure you never miss a beat!
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