Social Networking

HTC Zoe hands-on: an attempt at a new kind of sharing

As part of its attempt to expand its reach beyond its own hardware and software products, HTC is releasing its Zoe app for the whole world to see and use. But more than just a fancy way to stitch up photos together into a memorable video reel, HTC is pushing Zoe to become something much more: a social networking platform for sharing such reels, but with a spin on "collaborative editing".

Foursquare version 8.0 focuses on customized recommendations

Two weeks after Foursquare announced that they are rebranding from the ground up, they have finally unveiled version 8.0, and simply checking-in is definitely a thing of the past as far as the new app is concerned. The new Foursquare is all about giving users personalised and localized recommendations, based on what kind of things you like, where you’ve been in the past and what you should be checking out in your hood.

Talon for Twitter: new themes and notifications,GIF posting

Just a few months ago, popular Twitter client Talon had a major update, with a new UI tweak, support for multiple languages and allowing multiple image uploads. Just four months later, version 2.6.2 now brings even more changes that just might convince Twitter users to abandon the native client and switch on over to a client like Talon, since you can do so much more here than when using the native app.

Selfies is a new social hub made just for selfies

If you've already had too much of the selfie generation, wait until Automattic gets its experimental social network out of the lab. The company, more popular for creations such as the WordPress blogging platform and the Gravatar avatar service, has very silently launched a new social network called Seflies that is focused on one thing and one thing alone: sharing selfies.

Foursquare relaunches with a more personalized service

Foursquare started out as one of the earliest location-sharing apps, where you can let others know where you’ve been and keep track of where your friends are. But over the past few months, they’re trying to evolve into more than just that, and they have just announced their upcoming rebranding, including a new logo and a much more personalised service where you can discover new places to visit, wherever you are.

Google+ now allows you to use your preferred profile name

One of the constant criticisms that social network users have over Google+ (among other things) is its very strict policy on usernames. You are only allowed to use your real name when creating an account because it wanted to have credibility that it is a network with real people, unlike others where you can make fake names and accounts. Well, seems like the people over at Google have finally given in, as they announced users can now choose whatever name they want for their Google+ profiles.

New Vine update includes loop counts, app redesign

Vines are slowly creeping (pun intended) onto the social media landscape, and the latest update to the video sharing app allows you to see just how popular the videos really are. As of July 1, the Vine Android mobile app will feature loop counts, a redesigned home feed and a better activity feed for your viewing pleasure.

Facebook Pages Manager launches V2.0 with new look

While Facebook’s mobile apps across all platforms still leave a lot to be desired, recent updates show that they are listening to customer feedback and may be on its way to vastly improve their customers’ mobile experience. The Pages Manager for Android was recently updated to V2.0, boasting of a new user interface and a minimalist look, that may look familiar to fans of the other kind of popular phone.

Path comes up with new messaging app called Talk

The social networking platform Path has been relatively quiet this year, nary releasing a major update to change up its patented approach to “quick” social networking. That all changed today as the guys behind path unveiled what it has been working on during that span of “quiet time” – a standalone messaging app aptly (if not unimaginatively) called “Talk”.

Twitter finally embeds GIFS on web and mobile apps

Did you ever want to respond to a tweet not with words but with a funny, moving picture? Have you always wanted to post the funny antics of cats to help cheer someone up on Twitter? Well finally, the micro-blogging giant is now supporting animated images continuously looped, more popularly known as GIFs, on their web and mobile apps as well.
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