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Social Networking and Socializing with your Samsung Galaxy S III

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This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

In this chapter, you learn how to keep current with your favorite social networking sites and use your phone to participate in text chats.

In addition to making phone calls, playing games, and listening to your favorite tunes, you can use your Galaxy S III for social and business networking, as well as keep up with the news of the day. For example, you can use the included Flipboard app to read articles, watch videos, and follow feeds posted by your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn friends. If you’re looking for a more interactive experience, you can install the imo app and participate in text chats with friends on any of a dozen popular chat services.

Using Flipboard

If your main interest is keeping up with Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn friends, one of the simplest methods is to use the preinstalled Flipboard app. Flipboard lets you view status updates, read posted comments, and post your own status updates and comments. In addition, you can use Flipboard to view news and technology articles from a variety of respected news sources.

Adding Social Networking Accounts

One of the first steps in using Flipboard is to link your SNS (social networking service) accounts that you want to track. If you aren’t currently a member of a social network, visit its website and sign up first. Currently supported sites include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Google Reader, Instagram, Flickr, Tumblr, 500px, Sina Weibo, Renren, and YouTube.

  1. From the Home screen, launch Flipboard by tapping Apps and then Flipboard.
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  2. To link an account to Flipboard, tap the red magnifying glass icon on any Flipboard main page and tap Accounts on the screen that appears.
  3. On the Accounts screen, scroll down to the Add an Account section and tap the name of the account that you want to track with Flipboard. Only accounts that you haven’t already linked are listed.
  4. On the next screen, sign into your account by entering your username (or email address) and account password. Then tap the Sign In button.
  5. On the next setup screen, review the SNS’s permissions statement and tap the Allow Access button. If you don’t approve of the permission requirements, tap No Thanks.
  6. The site’s current feed appears. When you’re ready to return to the main Flipboard screen, tap the back icon or press the Back key.

Adding Content Feeds

In addition to SNS feeds, you can add content (such as news, music, and movies) from a variety of sources.

  1. From the Home screen, launch Flipboard by tapping Apps and then Flipboard.
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  2. Tap the red magnifying glass icon on any Flipboard main page.
  3. In the scrolling list, tap a content area that you want to configure, such as News or Tech & Science.
  4. To view a sample of a content source, tap its name. To add the source to your Flipboard feed, tap the plus (+) icon to the right of its name. Repeat this step for other content sources that you want to add. When you’re done, tap the Back icon or press the Back key.
  5. The selected content feeds are added and now available to you from Flipboard’s main pages.

Viewing and Interacting with Content and Feeds

You can use Flipboard to view content and status updates, as well as post your own updates.

  1. Launch Flipboard or, if it’s already running, tap the back arrow in the upper-left corner of the screen or press the Back key until the main pages appear.
  2. To locate the content that you want to view, navigate through the main pages by flicking up and down. When you see the desired category or subcategory, tap its thumbnail.
  3. To navigate within a category or subcategory, flick up and down as you do in the main pages. When you see an item that you want to read or view, tap anywhere within its content to view the complete item.
  4. When reading a lengthy article, flick up and down to scroll the material. When you’re finished, tap the back icon or press the Back key to return to the content pages.
  5. To interact with an item, you can tap icons on the page, such as Like, Retweet, Favorite, Share, or Comment. Different content sources and feeds have different icons and options.
  6. To post a status update, tap the red ribbon icon on any main page, tap the Compose icon (in the upper-right corner), tap your name, select the account to which the update will post, compose the update, and tap Send.
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