You’ll find plenty of social networking apps available for Android devices. These apps provide access to common social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. In addition, there are apps for instant messaging (IM) clients, a GPS tracker for family members, and apps that advertise your current location to your friends.
Some popular social networking apps for Android devices include the following:
AppAware — Find Hot Apps
: If you want to know what apps other folks are running on their Android devices, fire up AppAware. The Live page shows a real-time feed of what apps other AppAware users are installing, updating, and uninstalling (although you have to manually refresh the screen to update). You can also see what apps the users nearby you are adding and deleting.
Bump is an ingenious way to quickly share contacts, photos, and apps with other Android users. Just launch Bump on both devices, select what you want to share, and gently bump your respective hands together, which are holding your devices. A window pops up and asks you to confirm the transfer. It’s that easy!
LinkedIn is a social network for professionals — it’s a great way to network and look for work. Of the few LinkedIn apps available, DroidIn Pro is the superior choice. It gives you access to all of your contacts’ information as well as your own profile. You can see your contacts’ status updates and post your own status updates. You also can search LinkedIn for people and companies.
Use eBuddy Messenger to connect to accounts on AIM, ICQ, Facebook, Google Talk, Hyves, MSN, MySpace, and Yahoo!. If you have multiple accounts through the same service, such as an AIM account for work and a separate AIM account for your friends, you can sign in with all your accounts simultaneously.
- If you’d like to access Facebook from your Android device, Facebook has the solution with its very own Facebook for Android app. The smart design of Facebook for Android makes it easy to quickly find whatever you are looking for.
With Foursquare, users advertise their current location to their friends. It’s a great way to find out about cool, new places to explore as you learn about locations from your friends. Foursquare is also a kind of real-world game, where users earn “badges” for visiting certain locations (see the figure on the left). Some businesses offer discounts to users who check in to their locations through Foursquare.
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