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There are two varieties of social networks: the all-in-one and the niche. The obvious king of the all-in-one social network is Facebook (status updates, messaging, groups, apps, events, etc.), while the king of the niche social network is Twitter (all you do is tweet). At the moment there are only a few all-in-one social networks, but the list of niche social networks is vast and ever growing, over indulging iPhone users with apps that are geared towards socializing in a specific manner.

Our own Kevin Whipps recently reviewed Stamped, a niche social networking app that let’s you share the things you love with friends. Much along the same lines, Kevin Rose (founder of Digg) and his new company (Milk, Inc.) recently released Oink, a social network that allows you to rate and rank the things around you. The twist? You don’t rate the places you love, but the items inside them. So, does Oink deserve a spot on your iPhone? Find out after the jump.
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There have been a ton of new releases for the iPhone recently, and a lot of talk about the latest and greatest social networks to come down the pike. We’ve seen Stamped, Path, With, Instagram and more come down the pike, and all of them are either iPhone only, or start out that way.

Now obviously I think that the iPhone is a great platform to put your developer money, but starting a social network is a big task. And frankly, there are a lot of faults in the plan, particularly when the only platform is the iPhone. Let’s talk about it after the break.
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The other day, I decided that I was lacking a bit in the social networking department, so I started investigating the various options that I had on the table to see what I could get involved in. I was covered on Facebook, Twitter, With, Path, Tumblr, Foursquare, Instagram and a few others, and then I realized that there were still a ton of other options out there if I wanted them. It was dizzying.

So the last thing I wanted was to sign up for another social network, but then out came Stamped with a lot of hype following it. Seemed like everyone was talking about it, so I decided to give it a try for a few days and see what all the buzz was all about. Is Stamped worth the hype? Let’s talk it out after the jump.

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For a while now, Facebook has released subpar applications for the iPhone. Each version seems to be just as broken as the last, and until recently there’s been little improvement.

Luckily, with the newest version that shipped with the long-awaited iPad app, Facebook for iPhone is finally an app worth having on your home screen.Let’s talk about it after the break.

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There are two things all professionals seem to have in common these days: smartphones and LinkedIn accounts. Accordingly, LinkedIn created a native iPhone app a few years back to help busy people connect on the go. Though it allowed you to use basic LinkedIn functions like viewing profiles and updates, it was far behind other social media apps in terms of usability, design and features.

This August, LinkedIn released Version 4.0 of their iPhone app, and it’s more than just an update: they’ve completely overhauled the app’s interface and functionality, bringing LinkedIn to the forefront of social media app development. Take a look inside after the jump!

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Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting GeoSocials. The developer describes GeoSocials as a free location-based social treasure hunt game for your iPhone which lets you play, win and socialize with people around your immediate vicinity. GeoSocials also allows users to make instant and real-time social connections with people around their location with the games built-in “Social Mode.” Unlock your neighborhood today! Checkout www.geosocials.com for a quick intro.

Read on for more information and screenshots!

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Mobile app Piictu has been gaining some attention from the public in recent months. Since the app launched it has been in competition with other networks in the same niche, namely Instagram and even Twitter.

But Piictu has combined iOS mobile and camera functionality with the social networking craze. By using Piictu you have access to an entire community sharing their photos and streams across the globe, and their servers are loaded with tags and categories to sort and search out unique images. It’s practically an extensible mobile network of photographers! Find out more after the break.

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Quick Look posts are paid submissions offering only a brief overview of an app. Vote in the polls below if you think this app is worth an in-depth AppStorm review!

In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting RateThis!. The developer describes RateThis! as a social interactive media application that allows any two things to be compared and dynamically rated on by your surrounding community. You, in turn, have the opportunity to have your voice heard rating on other peoples Rates! Rate your way to achievements and popularity.

– BMW or Mercedes as your next car?
– Democrat or Republican for your vote? RateIt and Rate many more

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Since the powerful iOS 4 developer library was introduced, many fantastic app ideas have come to fruition. In the social networking realm we’ve seen Facebook and Twitter exploding into the mobile market. Previously, we had looked into popular check-in services using the powerful GPS feature within every iPhone and iPod touch.

The release of With by Path, Inc has shown some tremendous popularity. It’s a check-in service similar to Gowalla or Foursquare where you not only update your status but include @replies to who you’re currently with. It’s a stroke of genius and promotes a fantastic system for meeting new people in your area. If you’re looking to get started using With, hit the jump to find out more.

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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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