ADOTAS — The Inside Social Apps conference kicks off later this week in San Francisco, and we think it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase some of the coolest (and some unknown) social apps out there.
ABI Research estimates that 56 billion smartphone apps will be downloaded in 2013, with Android accounting for 58% of smartphone downloads and iOS commanding a marketshare of 75% of tablet apps. Indeed, people are moving away from their desktop computers and embracing a mobile lifestyle more and more – and they love their apps. Young adults are especially likely to download and use social apps on a regular basis, checking into venues, uploading photos and connecting with new users.
Here is a list of the top 5 cool apps you should check out.
1. Couple (Formerly Pair). This snazzy app is built for people in committed relationships to stay connected. It allows users to pair their accounts with just one other person for SMS messaging, photo exchange and voice messaging. It also allows both people to collaborate on drawing pictures and keeps important dates like your anniversary and birthdays handy. One great feature is the “thumbkiss” that allows people to touch fingertips across geographical boundaries for a sweet virtual kiss.
2. Snapchat. No longer viewed as just a sexting vehicle, this app allows users to connect with each other and send photos that will self-destruct after a predetermined number of seconds. People around the globe are using Snapchat to communicate through pictures instead of words, sending photos while they are at a concert or at the beach. Also, the fact that the images can only be viewed for a short time makes it an addictive app for friends. (But careful what you send: Those who have “screenshot” capabilities can save and share your Snapchat snapshots.
3. PingMe. PingMe combines people discovery with social messaging to create an all-in-one app that lets users post photos, videos, status updates and ask questions to friends or the larger community. What makes PingMe so unique is how it blends together private messaging features like SMS and voice with social networking capabilities. Using a phone’s built-in geo-location capabilities, PingMe lets you see other users nearby so that you can connect, send a wink and meet new people with common interests.
4. Glympse. Glympse is your navigation map to friends. If you are looking for an easy-to-use location-based service to share where you are and what you are doing, Glympse is an app that allows people to share their physical location with friends in real time. The service is ideal for meeting up with friends or picking them up from an event. The service does not require a sign-up, and you don’t need to manage yet another social site app (God knows you have enough of those already). People also have the ability to apply a timer so that the link will to your private location will disappear.
5. Path. Share your life with 150 of your closest friends and family members, as Path only allows that limit so you can stay connected on a more personal level when sharing your content, music, location or status update. It is your gated social network that also allows you to easily share your activities to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Foursquare. Not only does it allow you to remain close to your favorite people in the world, but it also allows you to edit and share photos, journal thoughts, and what music or videos you’re checking out, and you can import content from other social sites, too. Recently Path has even added the ability to search all of your moments so you can relive them again.