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Let’s be Social!

Love your App Store but overwhelmed with choice? I know how you feel… sometimes I like browsing aimlessly (i.e. on the bus) and other times I just want someone to tell me the best apps to download.

But I’ve just found 5 apps that I think are pretty awesome! Tell me what you think:

1. Maptaculous

Maptaculous FREE | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)-3

Maptaculous is the “most amazing social mapping app ever,” letting you download social data from facebook, foursquare, google+ and twitter and show it on your choice of maps (Google, Bing, Nokia or Open Street maps).

You can literally see on the map the hot spots in your area (i.e. where people in your network have checked into), or search for POIs, both of which are especially useful if you are somewhere new or travelling.

Maptaculous FREE | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)

* Available on Windows phone

2. Snapchat

I hate those “you just had to be there” moments, when you were actually NOT THERE! But Snapchat fixes that – this app is the fastest way to share your “moments” on iPhone and Android (supposedly up to 10x faster than MMS). You can even have your message self-destruct after a certain amount of time (you can set and control the timer so your friends only see the image for a set amount of time)!

You can add captions and maintain a “best friends” list of your most frequently messaged friends – its pretty nifty!

* Available for IOS

3. Flipboard

Flipboard

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Flipboard is your personal magazine! It’s the easiest way to catch up with your news and stay connected with those around you. Save and collect the things you love into your own “magazine”

Browse sections in their “Content Guide” which includes hundreds of magazines, blogs, photography and news. You can then integrate your social networks and have everything at your fingertips!

* Available for iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire & NOOK

4. Wanelo

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“Wanelo” (wah-nee-loh” – a mashup of “Want, Need Love”) is an online community for shopaholics! It’s super easy – simply “collect products” via your personalized feed, made up of online stores, people and/or collections that you follow. You can also post products from any online store, and if you have your own you can create a “Store Page.”

Of course you can share your favourite products with your friends via facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr!

* Available on IOS and Android

5. Vine

Vine - Android Apps on Google Play

Vine is all about GIFs. It allows you to take 3-6 second clips and post it on a loop. It’s literally one of the best ways to see life in motion!

With free, unlimited uploads and instant posting to facebook and Twitter, you can also find, follow and interact with your friends and explore trending posts and featured hashtags.

* Available on IOS and Android

What are your favorites? Let me know!

NJ

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