Whore

As of right now, here’s what the Social folder on my iPhone looks like:

 

It’s safe to say I’m a bit of a social-networking whore1. Some of these services I use more than others, so allow me to break down each service on an app-by-app basis. I’ll leave Facebook and Twitter out because a) they’re my most used social networks by far; and b) I think they’re most used by everyone else, too.2.

  • Flipboard: Flipboard is a “social magazine” that allows you to read news stories and catch up on Facebook/Twitter in a very visual, beautiful way. I love it, and probably should use it more.
  • Verbs: Verbs is a universal IM client for iOS. Great, but I hardly use IM anymore.
  • Instagram: One of my favorite and most-used apps. You take pictures, add cool filters, then share them via Facebook and/or Twitter. The app also has its own integrated social network.
  • Soundtracking: Another one of my favorite and most-used apps, Soundtracking allows you to share what you’re listening to with your friends. A must-have if you’re a music junkie like me.
  • Foursquare: Probably the best known of all the location-based social networks. I use this fairly often, although not many of my friends do.
  • LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a social network for professionals. I use it sparingly, as it doesn’t get much use since I’m not looking for a new job or career. Still, though, I keep the app for reference.
  • Stamped: Stamped is my latest addition to my social networking lot, and I really like it. I’ve found myself using it more and more lately. You basically “stamp” things you like -- anything, really -- and share them with friends.
  • Path: Path is fucking gorgeous. I haven’t done much of anything with it, but I’ll launch it at least once a day to marvel at its beauty. In terms of functionality, it’s similar to Facebook, only lesser known and better looking.
  • Oink: Oink, also very pretty, is similar to Yelp except you rate things from places instead of just the overall place. Don’t use it at all, though I keep telling myself I might someday. Maybe.
  • Foodspotting: A social network for foodies, meant to rate/share dishes and restaurants. Being a foodie, this interests me, though the real-world application has yet to manifest. Maybe someday.

I should also note I’m on Yelp too with a handful of friends, but I’m not a Yelper3. Yet.

Being tied to these different social networks isn’t a problem, per se.4 The problem is, nobody I know uses these networks enough for me to get any real mileage out of them. Being the only one using, say, Stamped and Soundtracking5, can get kinda boring and, well, lonely. But this is a testament to what a geek I am6.

The only thing I can say is: Damn you, MG Siegler, for turning me on to this shit.


  1. I’m also on Google+ too, whose app isn’t on my phone. There’re two reasons for this: 1) the app sucks; and 2) I still don’t get it.
  2. A broad generalization, yes, but it sure feels that way.
  3. Meaning, I haven’t written any reviews.
  4. The only downside is sometimes I feel overwhelmed by looking at a full folder.
  5. The biggest problem is that services like Stamped and Instagram are iOS-only. I do know a handful of people with iOS devices, but very few use any of these apps. And none of my Android friends (like my sisters) use the Android counterparts. In other words, I’m the resident geek of my social circle.
  6. That and who I follow on Twitter as well.