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Best Android social networking apps of all time

by Phil Hornshaw

Android devices are great for staying in touch with friends, especially in the age of social networks, when sharing the photos and videos you create with your phone is easier than ever. We’ve got 10 awesome social networks listed here that will appeal to just about anyone.

Facebook Home (Free)

Facebook HomeFor users who really like to stay connected with Facebook, Home is perfect. It brings Facebook to your device's home screen, allowing you to see your News Feed and post updates without ever having to launch the Facebook app. You're not stuck with Facebook, though, as Home doubles as an app launcher to give you quick access to your device's other functions.

Carbon for Twitter (Free)

Carbon for TwitterA slick, easy to use interface is on offer in Twitter app Carbon. It gives you full access to your Twitter account, with in-line images and the ability to move quickly between your timeline, mentions, direct messages and more. You also get additional useful elements, like a “do not disturb” function to silence notifications when you’re asleep or busy.

Pinterest (Free)

PinterestWhenever you see stuff you like on the Internet, Pinterest gives you a way to share it. You can post items like photos and videos on your various Pinterest "boards" just like you would on a bulletin board -- except online, where others can like your posts, share them, comment on them and follow you to see what other posts you've made.

Foursquare (Free)

FoursquareFor a more real-world, location-based social experience, Foursquare is king. It encourages users to "check in" at various places, from landmarks to local restaurants, in order to share what they're doing and their favorite places. You can use Foursquare to meet up with friends, and check ins can also be good for discounts at some businesses.

Facebook (Free)

FacebookIf you want to be tied into social networking on your mobile device, there's really no substitute for the original Facebook. The app outdoes it's smaller counterparts simply by including just about all the features you can get on the web version of the social network, like the ability share updates, message friends and view their profiles, and more.

Vine (Free)

VineVine is for video what Twitter is for text. The app is built around users sharing short videos with friends and followers -- each of the videos is only six seconds long, so the idea is to capture everything you want to show as quickly as possible. You can share your own videos or check out those of people you follow, and Vine makes it easy to find other great videos made by others as well.

Path (Free)

PathFacebook is great for connecting with people, but users tend to accumulate huge numbers of “friends” who aren’t really friends. When you add everyone you’ve ever met on Facebook, it’s possible to find yourself seeing posts you aren’t interested in, or worrying about sharing more private information with others. Path eliminates that issue by creating a smaller social network of just 50 of your closest friends or family. You can still post images, links, videos and more, and comment and like them, but with the knowledge that your posts are seen only by a select few.

SnapChat (Free)

SnapchatPart messaging app, part social network, SnapChat encourages users to communicate with pictures and videos more than text. It works by allowing you to send messages by snapping a photo or shooting some footage, then adding a text caption and sending your post along. The messages you send only last for 24 hours, and encourage you to do more than just bash out a text message.

tvtag - Formerly GetGlue (Free)

tvtag - Formerly GetGlueIf you’re a fan of watching TV with pals, tvtag is for you. It lets you “check in” to the TV shows you love to watch, bringing you into a group with other like-minded fans, and allowing you to communicate with one another as you watch. You can also find new things to watch when you want, based on what’s on network and cable TV, streaming services, and on demand services.

Instagram (Free)

InstagramMobile photography fans, Instagram is the social network for you. You can use it to snap photos and add filters to enhance them and give them a vintage look, then share them online with other users. But Instagram is also a huge social network of other users, who you can follow and interact with by seeing their photos, leaving comments, liking what they share, and more.