It’s day two of March Apps Madness. We kicked off Thursday with the first round of voting on the games category and continue today with – social apps!
Today we start voting on the next batch of our 32 apps with social apps. These are utilities and fun apps for your Lumia phone that let you seek out your friends and maintain conversations on social networks or through messaging.
If you need to research your choice and study the form, visit the Windows Phone Store – and remember, you can try the apps before you buy on a Nokia Lumia phone.
Under each pairing, select your favorite among the two choices below. We’ll take it from there.
Make free Skype to Skype video and voice calls as well as send instant messages to friends and family around the world.
- Call friends and family with free Skype to Skype voice calls over 3G* or WiFi.
- Make free video calls to anyone else on Skype as well as low cost calls to mobiles and landline around the world.
- Send instant messages to friends on Skype, as well as friends on Messenger if you sign in with your Microsoft account.
- Stay in touch even when the app is closed, with call and message notifications.
- See all your Skype contacts in the People Hub**.
Twitter is your global town square, a real-time connection to what’s happening in the world. Follow people you know and people you’d like to know. Search and discover. Browse and enjoy!
Twitter for Windows Phone 2.0 is a major refresh, bringing the best content to the experience of the Windows Phone.
- Integrated right into your Windows Phone with faster performance, lock screen, and custom Live Tile that show your notifications
- Direct access to your favorite profiles and lists optimizing Windows Phone “pinning” functionality
- Streamlined navigation brings you the new Home, Connect, Discover and Me tabs
- Engage with the best Twitter content available in the Discover tab, as well as Trends, browse categories, find friends, and suggestions about Who To Follow
- Enjoy your Retweets, favorites, follows, mentions and replies in the Connect tab.
GroupMe is the best way to chat with everyone you know. It’s absolutely free, whether you’re talking to a group of friends, or texting with one person. Best of all, it works on nearly every phone, via push or SMS. With GroupMe, it’s easy to reach anyone, anytime, anywhere.
On GroupMe, you can catch up with your family, get a group together for a night out, coordinate with co-workers, or just gossip with a few of your closest friends. Think about it like your own private social network, just for the people you really know. Or like a faster, better reply-all email.
Get on-the-go access to your professional network with LinkedIn for Windows Phone. Find and connect with more than 161M members worldwide, read the latest industry news, keep up-to-date with your groups, explore jobs you might be interested in, and share content with your network from anywhere.
WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messenger available for Windows Phone, Android, BlackBerry, iPhone, and Nokia phones. WhatsApp uses your 3G or WiFi (when available) to message with friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages. First year FREE! ($0.99/year after)
Mehdoh is the premier Twitter, Soundcloud and Instagram client for Windows Phone!
- Multiple twitter account support.
- Instagram account support (feed/popular/profiles/searching).
- Soundcloud account support (with background audio player!)
- Twitter Streaming (real-time feeds).
- Twitter Lists.
- Lock screen notifications and live tile (WP8 only)
- Lock screen wallpaper (WP8 only) – Voice commands (WP8 only)
Twabbit, one of the most loved Twitter apps on WP7 has been updated to adapt to all the goodness in Windows Phone 8, especially with cool new voice commands, extremely fast performance with fast resume for the timeline page and lockscreen notifications!
Twabbit for Windows Phone 8 also brings support for all three live tile sizes while retaining all the awesomeness that Twabbit is known for, which includes features like streaming, muting filters, gestures, custom themes, wallpapers, image filters and so many more!
4th & Mayor
4th and Mayor is a snappy, simple, fun foursquare client for your Windows Phone. It has live tiles and toasts. Foursquare is a service that helps you find new ways to explore your city by checking in to places that you enjoy.
You can find out more at http://www.foursquare.com/ This application uses the foursquare™ application programming interface but is not endorsed or certified by Foursquare Labs, Inc.