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article imageReview: Social networks revamp their mobile apps for the better

By Anthony Carranza     Sep 18, 2012 in Technology
Minneapolis - Social media giants Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube redesign their mobile apps to enhance the user experience. Features change how content is viewed and manipulated.
The influence of the three social networks like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube has paved an unprecedented footprint in the world of social networking. All three have their separate stories of how they came to be, but all proliferated in the same era with the competition raising the stakes in areas like mobile development.
All three social media companies continue the relentless pursuit to amass the most users on their platforms and their mobile apps. All three have made changes in the way you can view, interact and manipulate the content for the big three social giants to date.
The social media analytics company, Socialbakers, highlighted some of the major changes came to each individual mobile app. The list below highlights from the report:
“If you have, then you already know that the interface of the Facebook mobile application is now very similar to the Facebook Timeline desktop and that there are some new exciting features available.”
Smartphone owners are used to this functionality from the Twitter app but from now on it’s also available to users accessing the social network via the mobile site:
One of the main new features is a faster and intuitive autocomplete search that should suggest the best results while you type in the first letters, so to get to “Gangnam Style,” for example, you shouldn’t have to type much more than “gan.”
Top social networking apps at the App Store.
Top social networking apps at the App Store.
In terms of Facebook, the mobile app is redesigned with Timeline features along with static tabs becoming scrollable with a flick of a finger from left to right. Also the area between the profile photo and the tabs of a Facebook page now get a larger preview to Like it enhancing visibility and simplicity to like a fan page.
The viral competitor, Twitter, allows its Tweeterers to upload photos from their mobile phones including photo galleries, according to the social analytics company. The mobile app comes already with this functionality, and now you can add your own photos via the mobile browser at
Last but certainly not the least, the video-streaming website bought out by Google, YouTube unveiled its own app. With the exception of the iPhone, iPod, and iPad will have to download the app since the built-in app stopped offering the full video experience.
One of the foreshadows of the split between Apple and Google started with competing interests of developing and selling smartphones. In the latest release of the much anticipated iPhone 5, Apple removes Google Maps and includes its own mapping app. This officially ended a partnership that started way back from the very first iPhone released in 2007 that included Google Maps.
Ultimately, users and critics will have a say if all of these upgrades are worth hovering. Lots changes in the last year with social media continuing its pace to redefining new forms of communications. What will never disappear is the soap opera, but innovation will a work in progress.
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