App Store Essentials (Part 1) - BUMP, BOXCAR, TUMBLR & WhatsApp Messenger

4/21/2012 3:43:12 PM

There's more to the social networks than just Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter. This week, Inside Apps takes a look at some of the (other) best Social Networking apps for your iOS device!


This app brings a whole new dynamic to the fist bump. It allows users to exchange information, contacts and photos by simply opening the app on two phones, and bumping them together. Somehow this app magically does all the work as the two phones share the same data almost instantly.

Description: BUMP

All you need to do is set up your initial info; bump hands while holding your device and accept the transfer. Not only does it allow you to exchange info with friends but you can sync your own iOS devices easily and quickly.

Description: BUMP

It would be great to see this app expand to music and videos but for now it's still a highly convenient and futuristically cool way to exchange basic info.



Description: BOXCAR

This app is ideal for all of your social networking by handling push notifications in one handy place. It uses OAuth for authentication - so you never have to surrender all of your passwords and sends you a notification for pretty much everything on Facebook and Twitter.

Description: BOXCAR

But it doesn't stop there. You can use Boxcar for email, RSS, Growl, GitHub, Google Voice, Google Hub and Google Buzz amongst a bunch of other services available through the search function. Boxcar will then compile all of your notifications in one convenient list while indexing each of the services and even allowing for users to launch their social networking apps directly from Boxcar itself. It's super convenient and very easy to use.


Tumblr is still one of the most popular forms of social networking and this app still ranks highly among free apps. Its popularity is built on the ease with which people can post text, photos, links, sound clips, videos and more.

Description: TUMBLR

The app naturally gives users access to all of these options in a very user friendly and clean design that doesn't hinder the user from exploring other profiles. The Post section is divided into the seven types of Tumblr blog posts, starting with text through to video.

Description: TUMBLR

Each of these buttons in turn opens another  interface where you can post the content you have chosen while the Dashboard keeps you up to date-just as it would on the main website.

This app is integrated into iOS devices allowing for videos and photos to be directly added from your camera roll as well as save drafts, queue posts and customize tweets. Tumblr the website is designed for easy blogging and this app is similarly designed for easy blogging on the go.

WhatsApp Messenger

Currently one of the highest ranked social networking apps on iTunes, WhatsApp Messenger provides an alternative messaging service closely resembling SMS text messaging without any hidden costs.

Description: WhatsApp Messenger

The catch is your friends must have the app installed as well, but at 99c with availability on multiple brand platforms it's hardly prohibitive. Conveniently, the friends in your address book that have the app installed will automatically be listed in your favorites so you can see at a glance who you can and can't message using WhatsApp.

Description: WhatsApp Messenger

It integrates flawlessly with your address book without the need for an additional login and it works much like any instant messaging services allowing you to set a status, send video, audio and images amongst many other features.

The only thing to be aware of is your internet charges as WhatsApp uses 3G or Wi-Fi. Use home or free Wi-Fi, and you're golden.

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