Author: Terry White

Terry is the co-author of The Best Selling "The iPhone Book" 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th editions. He has been active in the industry for over 25 years and is the founder and president of MacGroup-Detroit, Inc., Michigan's largest Macintosh Users Group, host of the Adobe Creative Suite Podcast and a technology writer - Terry White Tech Blog.
Facebook Pages Manager

Facebook Pages Manager

To say that the Facebook App is not very good is really being nice. It’s so slow at times that I’ve basically defaulted to using the Facebook Mobile Site instead. While both the mobile site and the native Facebook App do incorporate access to your Fan Pages it treats them like second class citizens. Everything is really geared towards your personal account. For example, you can receive push notifications for things like tags, but that’s only if someone tags you personally. What about comments and messages left by your fans on your Pages?

Facebook Pages Manager

Believe it or not, Facebook makes a dedicated App just for Fan/Business Pages. The Facebook Pages Manager acts like the Facebook App for your Pages. You can upload pics directly to your albums. You can reply to messages and comments left and of course do your Likes on your Pages. Now you might be quick to think that since it’s by Facebook that it would be just as bad as the regular Facebook App, but really it’s not (as) bad at all. Once you sign in the App will list all the Pages that you manage. You and easily switch between them. The App is faster than the regular Facebook App perhaps because it’s not bogged down by all the personal stuff and timelines. The Facebook Pages Manager’s biggest advantage is that it gives you push notifications for things that happen on your Pages.

While it would be nice to have ONE GREAT Facebook App that handles Personal profiles, Pages, Groups, etc. it’s good to have at least one Facebook App that actually works decently. There is one point to make though and that is some are having stability issues with the App crashing. So far I’m not seeing any crashing, but there are too many complaining about it on the App Store to ignore and for that reason I’m going to give it a 3 star rating. Features are good and if they’d make it more stable for all then I’d be happy to raise the rating.

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Instagram

Instagram Adds Your Photos To The World Map

Instagram is a wildly successful App that allows you to take and share photos with your followers. More importantly you can share those same photos to Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Flickr and Email. This means that Instagram is now my App of choice for taking a photo with my iPhone and then simultaneously sharing it with all my favorite social networking sites. Instagram just went to version 3.0 and updates the look and feel of the profile page, but more importantly now gives you the ability to add your photos to the map (geotag). If your existing photos have location information in them you’ll be given the option on a picture by picture basis to either add them to the map or not. Your new photos can automatically go to the map. Your followers will be able to see where in the world your photos were taken by simply going to your map and tapping on any photos that you’ve added.

While I welcome this update, I’d love to see a native iPad version as well as the ability to share to Google+ (if the API exists).

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Pinterest

Pinterest Goes iPad and Open for All

Believe it or not Pinterest is the 3rd largest social network in the US! Up until a few days ago it was an “invite only” network while they were testing and tweaking it to get it right. Now it’s open to all and you can just sign up for an account. Pinterest takes an interesting approach that allows you to setup “boards” and “pin” items of “interest” to those boards for your followers to see.

What is Pinterest for?

Most of these pins are photos, but they can also be things like YouTube videos. I have dabbled with Pinterest and since I have several choices of other sites to show my photography, I DON’T use Pinterest for my photography. Instead, I use it to show other things that I’m interested in. Also photographers have typically been displeased with the use of Pinterest in some ways to violate photographers rights by the site allowing anyone to post pictures from anywhere even if they don’t own the rights to do so. I haven’t look recently to see if their terms of service have changed.

Going iPad native

Whether you like this relatively new social network or not, you have to give them credit for going mobile and iPad native faster than most of the other big networks. It took both Facebook and Google+ relatively forever to bring out their tablet versions. Pinterest for iOS is a Universal App that allows you to:

- Pin your inspirations to online pinboards so you can find them later

- Check out categories to find inspiration for your life in areas like Design, Travel, or Food and Drink

- Follow boards that interest you to discover even more

- Create new pins with your camera

You can also sign up for a Free Pinterest account right in the App.

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest once you get on :)

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