From Dawn to Dusk, What Apps Do I Use?
People sometimes ask me what apps I use throughout the day on my iPhone. Every person has their own needs and uses for apps. Since I work in news, mine are geared toward news gathering and production.
Let’s start with an imaginary morning and talk about what apps I use starting bright and early when my alarm goes off.
7:01 a.m. – Clock – It comes with your phone and it tells you to wake up. I have specific alarms for different events. You can name them too. My 7:01 a.m. alarm says, “Wake yo a$$ up!”. That’s a little embarrassing.
7:20 a.m. – Flipboard – After hitting snooze a few times, I start flipping through my Twitter Flipboard to read the tweets in a visual manner that really gets the gears going in the brain. It’s a chance to see the visual elements in a tweet without having to click on it first. I can go through and retweet in a hazy mess and favorite tweets I want to revisit later for possible story ideas.
9:00 a.m. – Pandora – Call me old fashioned, but I like the surprises I get on my “Electric Light Orchestra” station mixed with Elton John and Queen. There was a week where every morning when I dropped off Mike, the song “Time of My Life” played every single time. Weird.
9:05 a.m. – 5-0 Radio – Once I drop off Mike, I dive into my guilty pleasure, an online app that allows you to listen to the scanners for multiple law enforcement agencies anywhere that allow public access to their frequency. Sometimes it’s nice to know what I’m getting into as I get into the work.
10:45 a.m. – Tweetbot – What’s this? A moose on the loose on the Palouse!? Only in television news people. I jump in a news vehicle and let the world know there’s a critter wandering their hood.
I used the official Twitter app for awhile, but after the recent update it was truly a pain especially for those who have multiple accounts. It became worse during live-tweeting when I needed as much patience as possible. It would simply waste my time with crashing and terribly slow loading. I have better things to do than waste my time like… quoting George McGrath during city council meetings.
11:15 a.m. – Camera+ – I’m a sucker for photo apps with filters. Unlike Instagram, this one has tons with the ability to adjust the white balance, rotate, crop and add borders. You can save right to your phone or upload straight to Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, SMS or email. I tend to get a little fancy with my pictures. In some newsrooms, they would frown upon the “cross process” filter. As I said, I’m a sucker for photo apps with filters. MOVING ALONG.
Fish and Wildlife officers are walking through the tall grass. Might as well shoot a photo for Twitter purposes. Upload straight to Twitter after minor adjustments. Must be careful to not trip on rocks while fiddling with phone.
11:30 a.m. – Voice Memos – A voice recorder comes with your phone. Neat, right? I catch up with Fish and Wildlife officers to talk about the moose we didn’t end up seeing. They tell me all about the procedural steps behind the scenes on how they deal with moose. I have it all on a recording that I can go back to later in the newsroom. I throw on a pair of headphones and transcribe.
12:30 p.m. – Foursquare – Time to grab the $8 grilled cheese sandwich and potato salad at The Viking. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. One day I will telecommute from the fire place because it’s so much warmer than the newsroom.
6:30 p.m. – Untappd – Oh, look at the time. It’s beer o’clock. I don’t update this one as much as I should. I don’t have many friends on it either. Partly because I’m ashamed that I really love Trader Joe’s Simpler Times and… I drink it a lot. This app lets all my beer buddies know what brewskie I’m crackin’ open and what I think of it.
Do some of these surprise you? By no means am I revolutionary in my app routine. As I progress through this normal routine, I find myself accessing the Facebook app less and less. I check it out through Facebook, but the re-sharing opportunity is not as grand. Instagram lost its appeal to me because it was not playing nice with Storify. So I kind of gave up. I want to work it back into my life, but it’s hard to find the right moment.
Some of the “apps” on my home screen are not apps at all, but instead bookmarks. I have one folder dedicated to KXLY’s community sites and others dedicated to some of my favorite blogs in the region. I read The Slice daily – usually when I’m drinking my coffee in the morning.
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