Get social

We've been talking social networking all week here at Mobile Nations, and with close to a Billion Android devices out there, we know the social networks are filled with plenty of Android users. And we have plenty of choice about which social networks we want to use.

While using the same network as our friends is probably the biggest deciding factor, there are other reasons why we pick the service we want to use as our virtual soapbox. Some people have very valid privacy concerns. Others are more interested in the best way to share the pictures and video they take. And some get hooked on the messaging or video chat services these platforms have to offer.

All the popular services are slowly beginning to resemble each other. Messengers, photo and video uploading and sharing, and contact management seem to be the popular issues people think about when they decide which service is the best for them. When we want to know what you guys and gals think, we ask. 

On the sidebar to the right, and after the break, you'll find this week's poll. Take a second and let us know what you think the most important feature of a good social network is. My answer? I share everything with the public. I don't need fancy privacy settings (though i appreciate that they are there) or contact management. My big feature is photo storage and sharing. Be sure to tell us what you want.

Before we go, let's revisit last week's poll.

Are you ordering a Google Play Edition phone?

Google Play edition

Pretty convincing and expected result there. We knew going in that these weren't going to be mainstream devices, and your choice echoes that.


Reader comments

This week's sidebar poll: What is your top social networking feature?


For me it's What's App. The simplicity and privacy really speak to me. No public profile, no sign up, no followers , just real friends. And through the groups function I'm up to date with all the news, gossip or cute cat videos.

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I've really been loving the Communities of Google+. They are really great for making communities and new contacts. Great for sharing news and information and sparking discussion. It has bee a pleasant surprise.

Man I know I am getting railed for this but...

Twitter is good for learning about stuff I want to look into further, and sorry G+ as much as I love ya, Facebook to keep up with others

My biggest thing is finding a Twitter app and others that works/synchs well with Facebook.

The better interconnected the third party app is with other social networks, the more I like it.

Privacy is the number one feature I personally look for when looking at new social apps. I like to control pretty much everything (though that isn't possible unless you boycott) and who gets to view it. It may be time consuming to cherry pick everything but no one needs to see every single thing I post especially if it had zero importance to them.

The absolutely most private social network is Where R U. It's in Android and BlackBerry 10.
Where R U is a mobile app that shows the location of your friends and family at a glance. It is totally private and secure, by invite only.
Only people that you invite can see your location. You can quickly block anyone at any time.
Your location is updated manually: where you want, and when you want. You are always in control. Just search for "Where R U" in the markets.

Guys, if you are thinking of some alternative to facebook or Google+ or WhatsApp, then the search is really out of debate. So, why not look for a network which offers flexibility of facebook, along with capabilities of media-sharing and play.
I found this awesome website Chirp, which allows several features, and the list is still growing. Its new, but it looks to be promising.

I think the reality is what people look for in a social network is... Friends, Family and Acquaintances.
I've long believed Social networks are the modern equivalent of a cocktail party. No one wants to go to a cocktail party where they dont know anyone. No one wants to go to a cocktail party where they are the only guests. This is why FaceBook is the current winner. Every one is hanging out at FaceBook's coctail party until FaceBook does something that sends them elsewhere to another Cocktail party. Google Plus may have better music and hors d'oeuvres, but that doesn't matter becuase it doesn't have the guests.

Cannot access the poll in the Android Central app. It takes me to a Polldaddy site where I get an error about being unauthorized. Opening the article in the browser works, but a nuisance and by then I decided not to fill out the poll anyway.

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The Where R U social network looks pretty good too. Very private. Easy and fun to use. My family and friends keep in touch and it works across Android and BlackBerry 10 platforms so far.

Counting WhatsApp S social networking is like saying the dialer is a social networking up, or the SMS messaging app.

It's not remotely social networking.

Facebook, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Path, etc are "networks."