Recently, I was asked if I had found any interesting apps to blog about. It got me to thinking... yeah I do that sometimes. It got me to thinking that I should go through my apps and list the ones that I found to be of particular interest.
So I've started this industrious little project by first listing all of my Social Networking applications.
I should probably clean up my apps a bit. I'm at around a hundred of them now. And yes, despite popular belief, I do also make calls with my IPhone.
My criteria for talking about, or even keeping an app is as follows:
The app needs to have acceptable VoiceOver accessibility and it should be easy to work with. What's that rule where you can't finish a sentence with, with? Oh well, whatever it is, I broke it twice now. On to my list.
Social Networking Apps:
Very usable interface. Tweets are listed in a column. you can change the column to general tweets, replies, mentions and direct messages. The controls are found at the bottom of the screen. Want to reply to a tweet? Simply double tap on a tweet and then find the reply button. How about creating a new tweet? No problem. Double tap on the "Compose Tweet" button found at the top of the screen.
Not signed up yet? No worries. The app will walk you through that too.
Find more info here:
Facebook for IDevices:
Also from the Facebook developers, a no nonsense interface, fully accessible with VoiceOver. Even the chats are quite easy to use.
Find this app here:
Want your friends to know where you are? Okay, It's not really that bad. FourSquare actually has its uses. You can find out what's around you. Get tips on what to order at a particular restaurant and see where your friends are currently hanging out.. Checking into places wins you points. Get enough points and badges and you can become mayor of that particular location. Some businesses will even reward you if you become mayor.
Main control butttons are found at the bottom of the screen.
Find out more here: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/foursquare/id306934924?mt=8
Skype for IDevices:
Yep, you can do that too. If you're used to the PC based version, you'll find the app version even easier to use.
Find it here: http://itunes.apple.com/app/skype/id304878510?mt=8
A nifty little app which will let you bug your contacts by sending them an audio recordings. It's sort of like a walkie Talkie.
Select a contact, hold down a virtual button on the screen, talk, release and it is sent. You get notified when the person responds. They need to have HeyTell installed as well.
Find out more here: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/heytell/id352791835?mt=8
My final app for today is Talkatone. A googleTalk chatting interface complete with GoogleVoice free North America calling. I devoted a full entry on this app. You can find the entry here:
And you can download the app here: http://www.talkatone.com/
Happy social networking!