It’s Friday. That means another edition of Five Fandom Friday from geeky bloggers all over thanks to the genius of Super Space Chick and The Nerdy Girlie. Today’s topic: Smart Phone Apps I Cannot Live Without. My choices are below.
I’m a huge fan of social media (as evident by my first and second choices of apps I can’t live without). I actually have just about every social media app possible on my phone, but there are a select few a check multiple times a day. Twitter is one of those. It does take some time to curate a great overall feed and some great lists. Once you do, you get a lot of great information in a very short amount of time. Twitter is also my go to source when major events are happening. I love seeing the reactions of different people to shows, sports, awards, news, etc. And I try to provide useful insights of my own (check out my feed at twitter.com/mesulli). I love the interactions possible on twitter.
I’ve had an Instagram account for awhile (I’m mesulli over there too) but I’ve become much more active over the last six months. And that activity has led to some great insights and inspirations about myself. While I never want to be a competitor in body building and fitness competitions, I love seeing the photos from some who are. They inspired me to work harder and to actually be happier with my own body. Plus, I’ve always loved photography so some of the various photo challenges (check out Fat Mum Slim’s monthly challenges) force me to work harder at seeing the beauty in the world.
Feedly is essentially a RSS reader. It’s a tool that lets you curate blogs, news sites, tumblr feeds, and just about anything so that you can easily read and share the latest content. It’s easy and intuitive to use and you can organize your content into various categories. I’ve got categories related to books, comics, movies, video games, the environment, design, and more. I get a glance of the latest news quickly and delve into details when my interest is piqued. Its a great way to browse a lot of content in a little bit of time and find more great stuff to share with your community. It too syncs across multiple platforms.
Evernote is most commonly used as a note-taking app. But, it’s power goes beyond that. The benefit of Evernote is that it can be synced across every device and you can also collect clips, notes, photos, and more and search across all those saved items. I’ll admit that I also use the native notes app as well as Dropbox, but Evernote is typically my go to, especially when I want access wherever I am with whatever device I’m using. You can draft ideas for social media. Keep collections of common hashtags for particular types of posts, and more!
I’m a huge music fan and actually have just about every app on my phone (Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Music, and the native Music app), but I find I use Beats most often. I am a paid subscriber and have been since the beginning. It will certainly be interesting to see what happens to Beats as Apple moves forward with more streaming music functions (Apple’s Itunes Radio is definitely not very good…). I like Beats because I feel like I have more control with my music selections and get greater variety in the playlists. Plus, ‘the sentence’ function is just fun ( you pick what you’re doing and with whom and how you feel and a general genre and Beats provides the soundtrack).
And that’s my list of Smart Apps I Can’t Live Without for Fandom Friday. As you can see I’m a big fan of technology and a little obsessive about checking my various accounts (and have a very hard time narrowing to five specific applications). Check out more favorite apps from these women:
If reading about my favorite apps hasn’t got you downloading more to your phone, you can head over to twitter and search #Fandom5 to find even more live-saving (or time-wasting) applications. What apps are you checking multiple times a day?