We have a late-breaking Friday Five today that functions as the best kind of Ask the Experts column. When you need to know the latest and greatest on some of the most prominent social tools in the digerati arsenal, these five sources are the folks to read.
Foursquare’s company blog is updated only a few times a month with information about system upgrades and random musings from founder @dens, to get a more in depth look at the happenings at Foursquare I check out About Foursquare.
Chris Thompson founded About Foursquare in April 2010 and since then he has been updating the site daily with announcements of new Foursquare partners, upcoming geolocation features and interesting apps based on the Foursquare API. The site also offers resources like Foursquare 101, a list of apps for all mobile devices and a Foursquare style guide.
Inside Facebook focuses on tracking Facebook news for developers and marketers. The site has great stats about the top Facebook apps of the week, interviews with top industry leaders, up to the minute news and research about the growth of Facebook globally.
I also make sure to read AllFacebook which is associated with the popular social media website SocialTimes. While AllFacebook is very similar to Inside Facebook its strength lies in its in depth stats on the most popular Facebook developers, fastest growing applications and usage of applications site wide.
Twitter recently created a group of blogs to educate marketers and media folk about the best uses of Twitter. @CleverAccounts is a Twitter blog (and of course Twitter account) that shares the most creative uses of Twitter from businesses and organizations. @TwitterMedia is another Twitter blog that features tools and knowledge from the media and journalists.
Augmented Planet and Augmented Times are my go to sources for all things augmented reality. Both sites provide great insight into developing trends, inspiration for future applications and examples of current applications being developed and used.
KillerStartups is a website that reviews between 15-20 startups everyday. The startups range in genre from social media to music to lifestyle. This site has become a necessary resource for finding new social media tools.
If 20 innovative ideas isn’t enough for you, be sure to check out Springwise. Springwise is a network of 8,000 spotters dedicated to finding the next big thing. Like KillerStartups the topics spread across several areas but you’ll be sure to find something on the site everyday to get your creative juices flowing.