Staying in touch with others doesn’t always mean making a phone call, or seeing people face to face. There are thousands of apps that can be easily downloaded on your iPhone or Android that allow you to shape your thoughts, frustrations, praises and ideas, or whatever else comes to mind the second you think it. You don’t always have access to a computer the moment you want to express a thought, and social media apps come in handy when you’re on the go! Luckily there is no shortage of apps, but how do you know what to look for in a great app? What sets one app apart from the other? The following are some of the top social networking apps of 2012 that drove users, traffic and engagement in astonishing ways.