iPhone apps for networking professionals

by Kristen Nicole

Staying connected is an easy task with the iPhone. Various apps help us to stay connected with all of our contacts, whether they're for business or pleasure. Yet the iPhone has introduced a powerful business and networking tool with its integrated features and support for apps. 

The result is a wealth of apps that you can use on your iPhone to stay connected with your colleagues, team members and friends.  Whether you need to find a local event or sync a contact with your iPhone address book, there is, in fact, an app for that.

Social networking and contact sync iPhone apps

As a large social network, the Facebook iPhone app will keep you current on your personal and professional updates in your circle. The current version of Facebook for the iPhone is free, features push notifications and gives you an easy way to share media and view the news feeds from friends’ posts. This is a great way to stay connected.

LinkedIn for the iPhone offers a good way to access business contacts and view updates from individuals and groups on the professional network. The free LinkedIn iPhone app is also useful for managing connections, as the app features search and connection capabilities. Sync options bring LinkedIn contacts to your mobile device.

The free Bump app for the iPhone simplifies contact-sharing, which is as simple as bumping your iPhone with another mobile user. Share and exchange contact info while on the go. Privacy settings enable you to control who gets what contact info from your phone. The ability to work across mobile devices on any type of network gives the app flexibility.

iPhone apps for manageable connections

Skype for the iPhone enables you to make free calls, which can be great for speaking with friends and colleagues in other countries. This free app offers VoIP and landline calls at rates typically cheaper than your local phone service provider. Access your Skype contacts for chat and media-sharing, keeping your professional networking expenses low.

Dopplr is handy for connecting with others as you travel. Share travel plans, set your privacy settings for sharing your current and future locations, and track the travel itineraries of friends. The free iPhone app makes it a simple task to meet up with friends, coworkers and colleagues during travel.

iPhone apps to search for local networking events

Going from AOL is a free iPhone app to help you find local events to share with friends. Find others to network with on a professional or casual level. Facebook and Twitter integration makes Going a more social app, enabling you to connect on multiple levels with various friends and colleagues across your networks.

Events Finder is a free iPhone app that searches multiple events' Web sites to help you find a local meetup pertaining to your area of interest, including Upcoming and Eventbrite. Filter searches by date, time and location. View your search history, add events to your favorites, and view history cache in the Events Finder app offline mode.

Twitter iPhone apps for busy professionals

Twittelator Pro is another good Twitter client for iPhone users, with lists, video and image upload support and email integration for remote account management. Twitterlator also has offline support and map views to find nearby. friends and colleagues. Automated features maximize the networking interactions with this $4.99 iPhone app.

Twitter can be great for staying in quick contact with colleagues. Twitterrific is a pro tool for managing your Twitter from your iPhone, with support for multiple accounts and timeline filters to see only the content that matters to you. Email integration, one-tap actions and video support makes this $2.99 app well worth it.

With a recent update, Tweetie 2 has improved its Twitter-networking features for iPhone users. For $2.99, the app works better with the iPhone, complete with an offline version and multiple account support. Link Twitter contacts with your iPhone contacts, and track tweets that mention keywords you set.