Create private social networks with these iPhone apps
Social networking is all well and good, but sometimes you need to close ranks around your social circle and send your communications to a select group of individuals. If that’s the case, you have plenty of available options on the iPhone. Below are just a few of the multitude of private social networking apps on the iPhone.
When it comes to free and private social networking solutions to monitor your neighborhood, Nextdoor is at the top of the list. Hyper-local users can discuss break-ins, organize neighborhood watches, recommend services like babysitters or painters, and even try to find home for household items they no longer want. Users can even send messages to custom groups of neighbors if they only want to target specific users.
Similar to Google+’s “Circles,” Everyme separates its social networks into private circles, so you don’t have to worry about your mom seeing a message about last night’s shenanigans that you shared with your best friends. Everyme’s private feeds are built from your own address book, so your friends don’t even have to sign up for Everyme to participate. Otherwise, the app works like a normal social network, showcasing your relationship status and your favorite photos, the updates are just privatized to your specifications.
Parents interested in keeping a log of their growing child should check out 23Snaps. The private social networking app lets parents save moments, write journals and share photos, videos and measurements with the rest of the family. Users can even order photo albums and prints of their favorite digital updates. The app syncs across an online environment and updates can be emailed too, so family members don’t need the 23Snaps app to follow the new baby.
If you’ve ever wanted a private social network for you and your sweetheart, your prayers have been answered with Couple. This app helps two people log all of their memorable moments in one place. From videos, audio, photos and stickers, you can keep track of everything. Couples can share to-do lists, set reminders, make calls, send messages and share your location. And best of all, the app has a feature called “ThumbKiss” where you and your sweetie can put your fingers on the same part of the iPhone screen and watch as both phones vibrate simultaneously.
Remember, even though these apps are all free, whether you’re browsing the Apple Store checking out new iDevices or just doing some extended app shopping, you can get 1 percent cash back on your purchases. Provided the item isn’t already free, of course.
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