Top 5 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.

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

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

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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A number of iPhone apps can help you make avatars for social-networking sites, but few can match Uface. The app has an excellent interface and the avatars look like they were drawn by professionals. Uface has more than 300 facial characteristics so it's easy to create a realistic avatar, although we'd like to see more hairstyles added to the collection. The app is a little on the pricey side, but if you want a unique avatar for Twitter or Facebook, you'll want to check this one out. 

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best chat apps
Foursquare App. Photo from iTunes

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.