Top 4 Social Networking Apps for the iPhone

The Best Apps for Social Networking

IPhone social networking apps number in the thousands, so wading through the App Store for good ones can be a challenge. Don't worry – we did it for you. These social networking apps put their competitors to shame and offer features or value that set them apart.  

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Flipboard for iPhone
Flipboard for iPhone. image copyright Flipboard Inc.

What We Like

  • Has a modern and unique interface.

  • Provides an easy method for connecting you with interesting news.

  • Includes multiple sharing options.

  • Several advanced options can be customized.

  • You can sign up easily with an existing social media account.

What We Don't Like

  • Ads are embedded to look like stories.

Some social media apps focus on a single service like Facebook or Twitter, but Flipboard makes it easy to keep up to date on many services. Unlike standard social media apps that just mimic timelines, Flipboard transforms timelines into lushly illustrated magazine-style pages, so reading updates and tweets is more interesting and appealing. With its style and wide range of features, Flipboard is a top pick.

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Facebook App

Facebook App
Facebook App. Photo from iTunes

What We Like

  • It's easy to use.

  • Provides accurate and timely push notifications.

  • Looks and feels like the desktop version.

  • Includes many other features beyond social networking.

What We Don't Like

  • Isn't always stable; seems to crash often.

The folks at Facebook know a good deal about social networking, and they used their knowledge to create one of the best iPhone apps available on iTunes. This free app closely resembles the Facebook website and you can do pretty much everything here you'd do on the website itself: update your status, comment on posts, approve friend requests and upload pictures. The photo albums used to be a little slow to load, but this is no longer the case with iOS 10. Any Facebook user would benefit from downloading this app

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imo app
Imo App. Photo from iTunes

What We Like

  • Quick signup process.

  • Provides a convenient way to invite existing contacts to use the app.

  • It's really easy to understand how to use it.

What We Don't Like

  • Shows ads in the free version.

  • Signup doesn't always work the first try.

The imo app is free and it's a great way to keep in touch with friends on multiple social networks. It supports MSN, AIM, Facebook, MySpace and more. Imo is one of the few chat apps that supports Skype. I like that you can sort buddies into different lists to keep things organized, and the imo app includes a buddy favorites list and a searchable chat history. The app supports push notifications, but that feature only works for 72 hours after your last login. 

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best chat apps
Foursquare App. Photo from iTunes

What We Like

  • Straightforward design that's simple to understand.

  • Lets you customize your location and privacy information.

  • Runs smoothly.

What We Don't Like

  • Based heavily on user feedback, so information isn't always accurate.

Foursquare has received a lot of buzz for its location-based social networking. Local experts provide over 60 million reviews of places to dine, party, shop and visit in this city guide app, updated to Version 10.0 to work out a few kinks. The home screen has been simplified, and recommendations pop up at the top of the screen depending on where you are, effectively providing tips before you ask for them.