Chapter 9

Getting Social with FaceTime, Twitter, and iMessage

Get ready to . . .

Understand Who Can Use FaceTime

Get an Overview of FaceTime

Make a FaceTime Call with Wi-Fi or 3G/4G

Accept and End a FaceTime Call

Switch Views

Experience Twitter on iPhone

Set Up an iMessage Account

Use iMessage to Address, Create, and Send Messages

Clear a Conversation

FaceTime is an excellent video-calling app that’s been available since the release of iPhone 4 in mid-2010. With the arrival of iOS 7, FaceTime gets its own slot on the iPhone Home page. The app lets you call people who have FaceTime on their devices using either a phone number or an e-mail address. You and your friend, colleague, or family member can see each other as you talk, which makes for a much more personal calling experience.

Twitter is a social networking service referred to as a microblog, because it involves only short posted messages. Twitter has been incorporated into iOS 7 in a way that allows you to tweet people from within Safari, Photos, Camera, Maps, and many other apps. You can also set up Twitter credentials in iPhone Settings and use it to post tweets whenever you like.

Finally, iMessage is a feature available through the preinstalled Messages app for instant messaging (IM). IM involves sending a text message to somebody’s iPhone (using their phone number), iPod touch, Mac running OS X 10.8 or later, or iPad (using their e-mail address) to carry on an instant conversation.

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