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iPod: The Missing Manual, 7th Edition by David Pogue, J.D. Biersdorfer

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Social Networking on the iPod Touch

With your iPod Touch, you can keep connected to all your favorite social networking sites anywhere you can hop onto a wireless network. But if you find the Web versions of Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter a little unwieldy on the Touch screen, you have another option: App Store editions of your online hangouts.

Chapter 7 has info about the Store and Chapter 3 has instructions on how to install iPod Touch apps. Once you're ready, here's some of what's out there:

  • Facebook and MySpace. Both mega-popular destinations have free mobile applications, right there in the App Store. Customized with easy to read text and big tappable icons, these mobile versions were designed to look good on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Once you download and install the app, you just need to fire it up and log in like you do on the regular site.

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  • Twitter. Using this widely popular micro-blogging service is much more fun on the iPod Touch than trying to text out pithy thoughts on a tiny mobile phone keypad (unless, of course, it's an iPhone). Several free Twitter-friendly programs are available in the App Store, including Twitterific, Twittelator, and TwitterFon. For a global perspective, the Twittervision program lets you see tweets from around the world.

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  • Flickr. Browsing the pictures ...

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