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It used to be that we’d drop in and let our neighbor’s know when we were planning to go out of town — and perhaps that’s still common for many of you. But we never used to grab a megaphone and announce to the whole world that our house was going to be vacant for a week.

Now, of course, one can’t possibly embark on a journey without saying as much on Twitter. And then, you’ll faithfully track the journey online, documenting coffee breaks with Instagram photos and sharing gift opening videos with your world of Facebook friends who are already bored of giftwrap and escaped to Facebook only to see more of it. And each time, you’re likely tagging your locations or at least subtly including geolocation data that makes it all too obvious exactly where you are.

Or then, perhaps you don’t. For there’s others — often, older than the first set — who are terrified to announce their travels to the world. Pictures can always be shared next week, but while traveling, there’s to be no mention at all of the fact they’re not at home. Of course, their absence from social networks is equally conspicuous, but at least they have a bit of comfort thinking others don’t know where they are.

We’ve hit an odd point in the eternal pull between public and private. We’re reeled by the revelations of the NSA’s spying, and yet love to share the locations we’re at. I used to never share location data, and felt somewhat odd publishing almost anything personal in pubic, and then decided to embrace location sharing. And yet, announcing vacations still somehow feels like a tad much — but I’d still be as apt as anyone to Instagram airport architecture shots, a tell-tell giveaway of travel.

How about you? Will the whole world know of your holiday travels, or are you going to keep your peppermint mocha and gift unwrapping and travel memories for yourself?

Everyone’s favourite microblogging social network has gotten huge enough to inspire an ecosystem of its own. There are hundreds of web apps and services that revolve around Twitter, enhancing some of its features or introducing new ones. Even after Twitter locked down its API and made many apps have to close up shop, there’s still a ton of great apps for tweeting on the web.

Instead of recommending multiple tools for the same task, we checked out all the tools and narrowed down our favourite for each type of action. So without further ado, here are the best Twitter apps for different needs.

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Two years ago, we asked you what was your favorite social network. You split the vote almost exactly in thirds between Twitter, Facebook, and Google+, that is if you don’t include the 11% that said they can’t stand social networking.

It’s a different world today in many ways, but the tides really don’t seem to have changed that much in social networking. Google+, if anything, has continued to be less popular than Facebook and Twitter, despite its continued improvements. Facebook has continued to change its settings and design on a regular basis, but we all keep coming back to it since everyone else is there. And Twitter, despite shutting down most 3rd party apps, has continued to grow and dominate the public online conversation.

There’s other networks, of course. App.net was started to make a Twitter alternate that’s more developer friendly, and has turned into quite the nice network of its own. And blog platform Tumblr was bought out by Yahoo! not just because it’s a great place to start a blog, but also because it’s actually a social network of a sort. And that’s not all. Mobile messaging apps like Line have taken the world — or Asia at least — by storm, and are building up their own in-app social networks.

My personal loyalties lie divided between Twitter and App.net, and I only seldom use Facebook and nearly never use Google+. How about you? We’d love to hear what social networks you prefer in 2013.

You’ve likely already heard of App.net, the new paid social network that’s similar to Twitter, yet more developer friendly. App.net is something that I was cautious about trying. After all, a subscription is $36 a year. I wrestle with giving up any money on a monthly or annual basis, especially for a service that I don’t know will continue to be around.

That being said, I’m past my worrying. ADN is going to be here for a while, and I think there’s never been a better time to join (perhaps with the free accounts we’re giving away below). Here’s why.

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I’ll come right out and admit it: I’m a sucker for good design. And while there are many sites which allow you to browse cool and well designed products, sites like Pinterest rarely actually link you to a place where you can purchase said product. This leaves me wondering whether or not the device actually exists and, if it does, it’s almost impossible to find the product.

However, I recently came across Fancy, a social network and eCommerce hybrid website for well designed products. It’s Pinterest meets eCommerce, in the best of ways. Let’s take a look.

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After popstar Justin Timberlake and Specific Media purchased Myspace in 2011, Timberlake promised to return the network to its glory days. He wanted Myspace to be a place where users can find music, bands and other art which is created by the people, for the people. Myspace as a whole took its time in creating this new network. This is because, over a year later, we’ve finally been introduced to the invite-only beta build of the new Myspace.

After I received my invitation to the service a couple weeks ago, I was really excited to give the service a thorough test. When I saw the promotional video for the service a few months before, I really started to think that New Myspace has some serious potential, though I was prepared to prove myself wrong due to previous disappointments with the classic Myspace. After about a week of using the service and interacting with a few friends on the network, I’m finally bringing you my full thoughts on the service. Did it really live up to all that I thought it would be?

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Occasionally, we review brilliant apps in their infancy and following our reviews, they grow ridiculously and major changes are made and features added to make them even greater. For this reason, some apps have changed so much in this period that they warrant another review from us to see whether the changes have been for the better or worse.

One such app is Buffer. I reviewed it back in early 2011 while it was still young and since then, it’s managed to attract over 400,000 users who all want an easy way to schedule their social updates. In this article, I’ll be taking a look at some of the most significant changes in the newest incarnation of the Buffer app. Just read on to find out more!

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One of the things that I absolutely love about tech gadgets and products is that there so many cool things that are out there. So many people have amazing imaginations to make the most simple, yet innovative things for every day life. But, with the rapid pace of life and everything else that gets in the way, how can we stay on top of all of this “awesomeness?”

That is where Mine, a web app that lets you showcase the cool stuff that you buy with others, can really come in handy. We have so many different sites at our disposal to share things, mainly Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and a handful of others, but Mine took snippets of these, and came up with its own way to share things. Let me show you around and you can see what I am talking about.

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Social networks can be a fun way to communicate with your peers, and if you don’t let them take up too much of your time, they can even be productive and make it easier to collaborate. While most of us probably spend the majority of our time on the major social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and App.net, there may be times when you need to use a niché or even private social network to communicate with others. Unfortunately, for a lot of nichés, social networks do not yet exist.

If you’re serious about creating a social network for your niché, organization or business, you can do so pretty easily today. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be the next Zuckerberg to create it. All you need is Ning, a popular web platform which allows you to create your own social network in minutes.

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After making rather drastic changes to its API and app policies, Twitter became a lot more about Twitter.com and a lot less about the many apps that helped it get popular in the first place. It’s still a perfectly great network, and Twitter.com still provides a quite nice interface if it’s the only way to use the service. But the changes have been enough to set off a tidal wave of new social networking ideas.

In the weeks since then, we’ve seen the new App.net paid social network take off, with dozens of high-quality apps and tools released already for the new network. We’ve also seen the new Tent.io social networking platform launched, which aims to make it as easy to run your own Twitter-style network as running a WordPress blog. Then, there’s plenty of older competitors, from Status.net to Identi.ca that are getting more interest now that everyone’s scared the Twitter we love and know is going to disappear.

That’s why we’re wondering: have you started using another Twitter-like service? Do you plan to switch completely, or are you using it alongside Twitter? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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