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TweetDeck has always been a popular choice among tweeters who want to maximise their potential on the social network. It’s by far the most popular third-party client with a 19% market share in June 2009 and it’s an application I’ve personally used for a long time.

TweetDeck started out as an Adobe Air application for desktop, but expanded into the mobile and tablet arena some twelve months later with an iPhone version. Now, nearly two years later, the iPhone experience has been completely overhauled and rebuilt with several new features alongside a brand new user interface. This changes everything. Again.

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Five years ago, I, like many other people, had a MySpace account. It always seemed like it was some kind of race to see how many friends/bands/groups I could get onto my page, until eventually my social network was so large that there was no point in signing on again. I tried fixing that when I switched to Facebook, but somehow people I don’t really know still crept onto my page, and although it’s nowhere near as bad as MySpace, it’s not really a ton better either.

Now there’s Path, yet another social networking site hoping to win us over with promises that it won’t be like all the others. So what makes Path so different? Let’s explore the issue further after the break.

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Countless entrepreneurs have set out to make their fortunes with the same idea: social media aggregation. The basic idea behind this movement is that you, the user, are overwhelmed by all of your social information. Every day you have to go through the hassle of checking your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Foursquare, Gowalla and other accounts and would like nothing better than to save yourself the trouble of app-hopping and get it all in one convenient place.

The argument seems sound doesn’t it? So why don’t we use these tools? Sure, we try them all and briefly maintain patronage, but in the end most of us end up using separate methods to access our various social networks. I believe there are several reasons for this phenomenon, the first of which is a modified version of an effect that has been present in technology for decades.

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The iPhone was the best thing to happen to social networks since Facebook. The social revolution brought us a ton of new ways to communicate, but it was really the iPhone that drove the huge leap of these communication tools from the desktop into our pockets.

Today we present an overview of social networking on the iPhone. We’ve collected over 100 of our favorite social apps and organized them into categories such as chat & messaging, photography, location, fashion, dating and more. Keep reading to discover a wealth of new addictions!

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Location-aware apps are very popular right now, whether it be Foursquare or Gowalla checking you in or Google Places finding you a highly rated restaurant nearby. The rise in mobile devices, such as smartphones that are fitted with GPS, allow this type of mobile app to rise to the mainstream. Foursquare, as we just mentioned, is a location-based app where you checkin to various locations in an effort to become the mayor of said location.

On a similar theme, Miso allows users to not checkin to locations, but into TV shows and movies that they’re currently watching. Miso is advertised as “social TV” and, in addition to it’s own service, links into Twitter and Facebook. A la Foursquare, you can also earn badge and points for watching shows and movies.

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The geniuses behind Foursquare had a simple but brilliant idea: a location-based social network. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could send a quick shout to all your friends telling them where you are? However, this wasn’t enough. The real innovation that made their idea work was that they realized there would need to be some incentive to come back and use the app. A goal system with prizes was born and the rest is history. Foursquare now works across several mobile platforms and boasts millions of daily users.

Foursquare began in 2009 and triggered the social check-in revolution that is still very much in its infancy. Today we’re going to look at what developments have been made in this area in addition to a few notable newcomers that you might want to check out.
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When Facebook decided to toss it’s hat into the location-based social network ring, everyone feared the end for the original pioneers of the genre like Foursqare and Gowalla.

Now that the dust has settled and the various services are learning to integrate and play nice, we’re interested to see if the Facebook service has really impacted your use of the other apps. Vote in the poll on the right and help us find out who is king in the location service world.

Leave a comment below and let us know why you use the service that you do. Is it the user base, app design, feature set or something else?

With enough users to populate a small planet, Facebook has become the quintessential Internet experience. We’re all hopelessly addicted to it whether or not we agree with some of its business practices.

Since I’m a big fan of the iPhone Facebook iPhone app, I naturally went straight to the App Store when I bought my iPad in search of the iPad version and was quite disappointed to see that one doesn’t exist. In lieu of an official app, today we’ll look at your three primary options for getting Facebook free on your iPad.

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Today we’ll be discussing two very separate companies that have been recently thrown in together in headlines all over the web: Facebook and Apple. The two major topics of discussion might surprise you.

Is Facebook secretly working on a major iOS competitor? Is Apple positioning itself to buy Facebook? Below we’ll take a look at what’s fueling these two rumors and discuss whether or not they’re likely to come to fruition.

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Today we’re going to look at an iPad application that has received quite a bit of hype over the past few weeks – Flipboard. Aiming to be your “personalised social magazine”, Flipboard comes with a gorgeous interface, and a wonderful concept.

Although there are plenty of RSS, Twitter, PDF and eBook readers available for the iPad, there hasn’t yet been anything along these specific lines. Flipboard sets a lofty target in terms of functionality – one that was never going to be easy to meet. Read on to find out how well I think they pulled it off!

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