Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year! My 3 Fave Apps of the Year

I might as well do it. I might as well start the year off with a blog entry. I started this blog because of a New Year's Resolution back in 2007. Since then I have had ups and downs, never quite reaching and maintaining the level of activity I resolve to attain. Last year I did well in the early months but then dropped off sharply as job duties eclipsed all other activities. But I am hoping to make THIS they year when I hit my stride and keep it going!

For a starting-off entry I asked myself what are some applications that I have found to be compelling and even addictive in the past year. Here are several. If you have not tried any of these, I offer them up for your consideration:
  • Dropbox: Why oh why did I wait so long to try this? I have been a constant user for several months now and don't know how I managed without it. I have the convenience of getting my files anywhere at any time, plus the security of knowing they are stored one more place for security--in the cloud. For some reason it gives me a huge charge to pull up my MS Office docs on my iPhone.
  • Instagram--This is my new favorite iPhone app. It combines social networking with love of photographers. I follow a mix of sincere amateurs like myself and professionals who share amazing pictures. We comment on one another's submissions. I am on this site several times a day. As far as I can tell it is strictly an iPhone app. It has reawakened my interest in photographer and refreshed the way I see the world. That's a lot for a free app!
  • Pininterest--Like a lot of folks, I find this site addictive. I have two boards that are active right now, and add to one or both almost daily. There are tons of great sites out there, and here are my two. I confess to being a bit proud of them:
I keep thinking there are some others I really like, but these are the standouts. What about you? What apps or sites have changed how you think or do things this past year?


  1. I'm going to revisit dropbox. I have a feeling there will be lots of unpredictable stuff happening online -- prob'ly good, bad and indifferent - in 2012. I'm looking at for "curating" -- but since I found it just before Christmas I don't know what normal traffic in educational topics will be like (traffic at my site nose-dives when schools aren't in).
    Keep on blogging and getting the stuff out there! I rely on the librarian b logs I visit to keep me on the cutting edge :)

  2. I use an iPhone app called "my language". It translates multiple languages! I never thought much about it until the other day I used it to translate Merry Christmas & Happy New year to a friend whose first language is French. She was delighted that I had gotten the phrase perfect. I told her I cheated and used a translator, she responded that I had made her feel special because I had gone to the trouble of doing it. Wow, so cool that technology helped to touch someone in such a personal way. Love it!

  3. Thanks to both of you! Novella I will go get "my language." Sounds fun! And Sioux, thanks for encouragement!

  4. Dropbox, Pinterest (like getting a free magazine daily), and I am hoping for a Symbaloo app soon!

  5. Zite has turned out to be one of my favs from 2011.