Have Facebook and Twitter become too traditional for you? Here’s list of alternative iPad apps that offer a social media fix with a twist.
The iTunes store hosts a multitude of Facebook and Twitter apps that are all different in their own ways, but basically do the same thing. If you want to get updates from your favorite social networks through your iPad, but are looking for something a little more jazzy than your average Facebook app, check out the list of alternative iPad social apps below.
Nightstand – $2.99
Nightstand turns your iPad into an alarm clock, weather reporter and social media-related news feed. By selecting different tabs within the app, you can access the latest updates from Facebook, Twitter and RSS feeds, view the flip-board clock display and create slide shows from your image library. In addition to these features, the app also has what you’d expect from any nightstand – an alarm clock, using music from your iPad library. You can use the app to view and post social media updates, and read detailed articles from your RSS feed.
Pulse – FREE
If you’re tired of visiting a series of different websites whenever you want to get your news fix, Pulse solves the problem, and saves you time. Self-dubbed “The most downloaded news app ever”, Pulse combines news feeds from different social networks, websites and RSS feeds, and brings everything together for your viewing pleasure. As well as reading the latest social media happenings and news stories from your chosen websites, you can also share them with others via Facebook and Twitter.
News.me – FREE
News.me takes updates from your Twitter account and turns them into a news feed. As well as tapping into your friends and family’s feeds to see what news stories they’re reading, you can also get updates from “notable” Twitter users like Arianna Huffington. View Twitter updates, and access full versions of linked articles, including images and video clips. Using News.me’s reader-style service, you can share updates and articles with others via Twitter, Facebook or email, or save them to Instapaper to read offline later.
Paper.li – FREE
Paper.li enables you to create your own digital newspaper, consisting of updates from major websites, Facebook and Twitter. The app also contains over 350,000 other topic-based newspapers, which you can browse at any time. See what your friends are reading and sharing, view photos and videos linked in social media updates, and search for news by category.
imo – FREE
imo is an instant messaging program that enables you to stay in touch with friends using multiple online messaging accounts at once. Compatible with big chat networks like Facebook, Google, AIM, MSN, Yahoo! and MySpace, imo lets you stay in touch with your contacts through your iPad without having to switch between IM accounts. The app can host group messaging sessions, video chat, and lets you send video and image files too. You need to have an internet or network connection to use imo.
GetGlue – FREE
Getglue.com is a social network especially for movies, TV shows, music and books. Share your ideas, reviews and ratings, and see what your friends have been listening to, watching and reading. By sharing your thoughts, you can earn points, which in turn can earn you prizes and free goodies. GetGlue also shares recommendations based on what you’ve rated, giving you ideas about what to watch or read next.
Taptu – FREE
Similar to Pulse, Taptu takes updates from your social networking accounts and favorite websites, and transforms them into a news feed. Compatible with Facebook, Twitter, G+, LinkedIn, the app also lets you add your own RSS feeds and websites into the mix. You can browse Taptu’s own tailored news feeds for topics that interest you, and share articles you enjoy via Facebook, Twitter, email or LinkedIn. Taptu can sync over several devices, so you can access articles and news wherever you are, or save stories in your Instapaper account to read later.