Since there isn’t one social network to rule them all just yet, I have at least a half-dozen apps on my smartphone to navigate the crazy social currents. But LiveGO for iOS aggregates Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ along with support for several IM services.
If you’re like me, you take a lot of photos with your iPhone. You might want to keep some of them, but most ikely lose their novelty on a second viewing. Deciding which to keep is easier after you import the photos to your Mac.
MyYearbook, a social networking site, has seen its growth soar, in part by emphasizing engagement and games with an increasing focus on mobile. The company has found a way to survive amidst larger competitors by focusing on its core offering of helping people meet others.
Google+ is already popular, and it isn’t yet showing any signs of slowing down. If you’re already in or if you’re eagerly awaiting an invite, there are a few ways you can improve the experience when accessing Google’s new social network from Mac and iOS devices.
Just as Google smartphone sales may have peaked by comparison, the introduction of Google+ could provide a boost to Android’s market share in the long run. While there’s an iOS and HTML5 version of the new social service, the experience is likely best on Android phones.
LinkedIn is enjoying a banner year, but unlike Twitter and Facebook the social network doesn’t enjoy much mobile traffic. It has a chance to be a major player in the booming mobile industry, though, if it pursues a few ambitious goals.
If your image of a video gamer is a 30-something chugging Red Bull and playing first-person shooters all night, think again. Mobile social gaming — which includes everything from Electronic Arts’ Pogo lineup to Zynga’s FarmVille — is changing the video game space in a very big way.
Juniper Research this morning said mobile users’ demand for web 2.0 applications and services will generate nearly $19 billion in 2014. Network operators face a substantial challenge in carving out a big piece of that pie.
Carriers are increasingly investing in startups in an effort to differentiate their services, and social networks are the primary focal point for them and other players in the mobile ecosystem. So it’s no surprise that mobile software powerhouse Myriad Group has acquired Xumii, a 17-employee outfit that makes a next-generation address book for cell phones.
The Xumii product integrates social networks, instant messaging and media sites, and allows users to access them with a single sign-on. Xumii — which was acquired for an undisclosed sum — has raised $5.3 million in funding and supports a smattering of feature phones and smartphones from AT&T (s T) and Verizon (s vz). It faces a ton of competition from others looking to integrate social networks on the phone, but as the inexpensive and social network-focused handsets from INQ Mobile have shown, there’s plenty of opportunity for manufacturers that can build a messaging-friendly handset with real social-network integration. And Myriad, which provides software to key manufacturers and more than 30 operators, could be a massive distribution channel. (Image courtesy of Xumii)