During the 2012 Macworld | iWorld conference, social media guru Shellie L. Hall reveals the top social media apps for the iPad 2. Whether you’re a socialite or rising star, check out Hall’s recommendations:
Soundhound lets you hold up your iPad next to a speaker and it will analyze the song, displaying its title and lyrics. You can also play your favorite iTunes music files within Soundhound, and it will display lyrics if available from LiveLyrics. You can also read real time Facebook and Twitter posts from the artists for the latest music news.
Words with Friends
According to Hall, over 20 million people have downloaded Words with Friends. The app offers an intuitive interface and enables you to play with friends or with a random person. It offers the ability to connect to Facebook so you can play with your online network of contacts. In-game chat makes Words with Friends more than just a word game.
Being organized is critical when you’re traveling. Fortunately, TripIt lays the groundwork for you, enabling you to sync your itinerary across your mobile devices. The program recognizes and imports reservations from restaurant, cruise, hotel and concert booking sites. The key feature of TripIt is the ability to share your itinerary with friends and your Facebook and LinkedIn contacts.
Flipboard transforms your social networks into a readable, interactive magazine. You can read and comment on news stories, status updates, photos and links people share. Besides supporting Twitter and Facebook, the program offers compatibility with RSS feeds, LinkedIn, Instagram, Tumblr and Flickr.
Awarded “iPhone App of the Year” by Apple, Instagram has 15 million active users who have already uploaded 200 million photos using their iPhone. Instagram’s app allows you to browse photos, search for users, post pictures to Facebook, and reflect on all of your fun memories.
According to Hall, Skout allows you to meet new people and chat with them instantly. You can see singles near you and connect with someone who shares your same interests. The app offers advanced privacy controls and allows you to see who has viewed your profile.
Hall says Zoosk is one of the largest dating social networks with a big subscriber base. Zoosk is a standalone website that offers mobile and Facebook apps. With more than 25 million singles on its website, Zoosk sends new messages or “flirts” to your mobile device.
Hall claims that Dating DNA is a highly moderated and respectable app designed for real people. She says the service tosses out fakes and frauds, ensuring it is a community of genuine folks looking to connect. The service offers extensive matching technology, going far beyond the playful get-to-know-you questions.
One of the first mainstream dating websites, Match.com takes flirting to the iPad 2. The app leverages the device’s larger screen, displaying vibrant search results and large photos of your matches. The app mimics the functionality of the website so you receive the same features on the iPad as you would on your desktop.
Blurb Mobile allows you to transform your video and audio files into interactive visual stories. The app lets you import images from your iPad 2’s camera. You can then edit, crop, rotate and sequence your files as necessary to create a story. Once the story is complete, you can share it with your friends via Facebook Connect.
Clibe takes journaling to the next level. The app offers a social, collaborative environment that enables you to share your ideas or creative talents. The app has tools allowing you to sketch, paint, add photos and write. Through the interface you can create stories, vacation logs or collaborative sessions.
Blogsy eliminates the hassle of adding videos and images to your blog. Using a WYSIWYG interface, users can drag images and videos from any website onto the Blogsy platform. Based on the demo, Blogsy is ideal for beginners without any HTML coding knowledge.
Not sure what to do on Friday night? LocalMind is an app designed to help you get your act together. It shows you what’s happening around town by connecting you to experts and people who can help. Through the app, you can ask or answer questions, find a bar or lounge and impress your friends by becoming an expert.
Google Apps users listen up -- G-Whizz is designed to make YOUR life easier. It is a Google Apps browser that provides instant access to Google’s core applications on your iPad. The program supports Gmail, Google Talk, Google Voice and Google Reader, in addition to a slew of other services.
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