You’re either heavily into social media, or you’re not, but chances are that given even YouTube counts as social media for many users, you’re probably a pretty big user of one of the many platforms available this 2013. Luckily, there are many apps on the market that will assist you in interfacing with these platforms in varying ways. Here, we’ve collected five of the best apps for those who see networking as an opportunity to follow and be followed on Twitter, or to expand their Facebook friend army.
Even if you’re not using your own Tumblog and you’re just skimming media from it to feed into your other social accounts, Tumblr is a priceless source of GIFs, videos, images, infographics, and blog posts, all mixed into one. Follow more than ten accounts and you’ll have a hard time reposting even half of the things you find. It’s also a great way to blog your own personal content, and bring blog posts the considerably-sized community.
An extremely fast, well-organised Twitter client, Tweetbot is the first stop for someone with an iPhone and a hankering for Twitter. The sheer quality of its GUI and the reliability of the app itself is justification enough for its existence on your phone’s hard drive. One of the other reasons it’s so popular is that it allows you to navigate your way around feeds by tapping your way through the navigation which also makes tweets a lot easier, saving you time if your tweeting is a major part of your day-to-day.
If you’re a big Instagram user (and you should be, it’s a great platform for photography, filters aside for a second), then Instatag is your next stop on your app shopping trip. Enabling you to quickly tag your photos and work out which tags are trending and in the top 40, you’ll quickly find that your images are getting more and more attention as time goes on because you’ll be able to work your photos into more people’s tag searches. Just stay relevant to the tag in question and it’s all go.
Another Twitter app, but an extremely valuable one. Buffer does what it says on the tin – it acts as a buffer for your tweets, much like Twuffer does. Line up a load of tweets full of links, questions and other great content, and Buffer will automatically tweet them for you throughout the day, enabling you to spend an hour creating great tweets and then know that all your best content (outside your replies and so on) is constantly going out to your followers without you having to do it yourself. A less personally disruptive way of being a valuable feed.
If you want to really multitask without having to switch apps as often, and Facebook and Twitter are your main two stops each day, then HootSuite is perfect. Control both feeds, translate content, use the in-built scheduling system to tweet or status-update at specific points, check how often people are clicking on the stuff you’re linking to, and even quickly check in on Foursquare if you’re one of the hardcore still going strong with that particular platform.
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Allie Cooper is a self-confessed geek and lover of iPhones, apps and is always updated with the latest tech news and updates. On the side, she has an insatiable passion for movies, cooking and music. Follow her or Twitter.