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The whole social networking phenomenon has really gotten out of hand. There are so many ways to connect with others that it is nearly impossible to keep track. Luckily for you, we’ve done the tracking so you don’t have to.

Today’s list is for the best social networking apps to come out in 2014. The iDB team scoured the App Store to come up with the cream of the crop and nominated their favorites. Below is the winner of the vote, as well as the runner-ups and, of course, our all time favorite social networking app.

The best Social Networking app of 2014

Paper

Paper Facebook

This past February, Facebook changed the face of its book by adding an entirely new way to experience the social networking site. More than just a status update tracker, Paper makes it possible for users to keep track of stories that friends and family repost on their feeds. You can also select specific topics to have curated news items to appear on your Paper feed. What really makes this app stand out is how attractive the user interface is. It features magazine-like image and text combinations with articles that unfold before your eyes. You can also view high-resolution photos and watch full screen videos. The gesture-based controls round out the pleasantness. This app is available for free.

The runner up

Swarm

Swarm

Foursquare is one of the first check-in style social networking services to reach supermodel status. When it started, it was all the rage. But five years later, people are saying, “Foursquare is so five years ago.” Swarm is like a party finder for your mobile device. When you open the app, you’ll be able to see within seconds just how many of your friends are nearby. If you want them to come to you instead, check in and wait for the party to arrive. You can also send messages to your buddies to remind them to bring the drinks. An iOS 8 update that came out in October makes it possible for you to check in and see nearby friends right from your iPhone’s Lock screen. This app is available for free.

The best Social Networking app ever

Tweetbot 3

Tweetbot 3 iPhone 6

Of course, here at iDB, we have strong opinions about what Twitter client is the best and we’ve decided that Tweetbot takes the crown. The major update to version 3 brought with it some fantastic new features that truly solidified its place in our hearts. With it, you can mute messages from users, sync direct messages, and more. The recent iOS 8 update added extensions for Share Sheet, and more. You can even favorite a tweet and reply without having to unlock your screen. If you browse the Internet with Tweetbot’s built-in browser, 1Password gives you extra security for password management. This app is available for $4.99.

What is your favorite social networking app of 2014? Let us know in the comments below.

Best of 2014

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  • Linton Findlay

    Twitterific is better than tweetbot- cheaper, iPad conpatible, and no bullshit ios7 update cost

    • SIMON

      Twitterrific*

    • Andy

      That’s exactly the reason why I bought Twitterrific (works great on iPad) over Tweetbot (oh yeah, where’s the iPad version again?)

      • leart

        heres mine, its fantastic

    • ck125

      Agree. Have both and no longer use tweetbot. Twitterrific is better and don’t have to deal with all the BS of having 2 different apps for iPhone and iPad.

  • onesimpleclik

    I wouldn’t name Paper the best social app of 2014.
    Facebook can’t even give it a world wide release.

    • Diego Milano

      Mind you, it wouldn’t even be on my iPhone if they gave it so.

  • haxrnick

    Can you sort by most recent yet on Paper?

  • leart

    Tweetbot 2 for my opinion is way better than the 3, just it does not fit on ios 7-8 design..but look gorgeous on ios 6

    • onesimpleclik

      Tweetbot 2 is still my favourite twitter client ever. It’s perfect.

  • AnArcticMonkey

    Still waiting on the iPad tweetbot app!

  • Ted Forbes

    Will there ever be an app, tweak, or a thing or something someday for all these social networking app to communicate with each other (without anyone losing $)?

  • Am I the only one who thinks iDownloadBlog should have their own app

  • Nevertrending

    No mention of Plague!?

  • Midyro

    I also like Flyte

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  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    Tweetbot is slowly but surely losing its hold and focus. The iPad and Mac refresh is pass over do. Its now being handled by a collection agency.

  • justme

    Paper still lags on iPhone 5 since iOS8 update.

  • Oscar Alaniz

    I am really starting to think Tweetbot pays a lot of blogs and bloggers to write they are the best. I know it is a good app, but “The best Social Networking app ever”?

  • Your≠You’re

    I prefer Tweetlogix to Tweetbot… I know some say not having push notifications is a deal-breaker, but honestly it’s a near-perfect Twitter client. Frequent updates, themes, Twitlonger support, universal app…

    Paper looks and runs much better than the standard app, but I’m just ready for Facebook to just die already. And why isn’t there an iPad version?

  • i think my opnion twitterfeed is the best