The great thing about working in this space is that there is always going to be new, amazing, disruptive technology to make blogging and social media happen faster, better, professionally, and more accurately. Although by no means is this an exhaustive list, here's some apps and tools that I've recently come across that may be a game changer for you!
Just like how you can share/retweet/copy/paste pics in other social media channels, you can do it now too on Instagram with InstaReposts, which allows you to repost any of the images in your stream you like, along with being sure to give credit to the authors of them. It allows you to be able to save the pic, search through photos you've “liked,” and add in comments. The only thing about it that is a bit distracting due to it's format, which adds an “InstaReposts” watermark to the image, but you can move it to around in the frame to your desired location over the pic.
Although there are several paid, deluxe versions of this app, you can pretty much use all of the capabilities you'd ever need of it for FREE, and it's basically Photoshop for your iPhone (or iPad). You to alter clarity, contrast, exposure, highlights, shadows, temperature, and tint, plus crop, flip, rotate, or straighten your pics, alongside 20 filter options. Even though this app's been out since 2012, it's certainly worth a mention as it will make taking and editing your pics on your phone to another dimension.
This app lets you schedule your Pinterest Pins in advance of posting, so you can go ahead and bulk pin items, but trickle them out to your boards over the next month. I tend to “binge pin,” and being able to have more consistent pins go out would be a great help to keeping my Pinterest boards always fresh. The app offers a free one month trial, as well as reasonable plans that start at $4.99 per month for 100 pins.
Sony Cyber-Shot QX10 and QX100 — a high tech camera lens for your smartphone
There are so many moments when I forgot my “serious” camera and have to rely on my iPhone for pics at events and outings, or am just tired of the extra bulk of carrying around my heavy duty camera. The Sony Cyber-Shot QX10 and QX100 can turn any moment into a street style moment, detailed shot of objects, or whatever kind of images you fancy including on your site. In a nutshell,
these gadgets are lenses that clip onto your smartphone, that possess image sensors and a shutter that via a Wi-Fi hotspot that it creates talks to your phone while using the Sony PlayMemories Mobile app as a view screen to take up to 220 shots.
Depending on your zoom and image quality needs and level of seriousness, you can opt for the less expensive QX10 ($250) or QX100 ($500).
Freedom Pop Photon- -the world's smallest 4G mobile WiFi hotspot
The cool thing about this is if you are traveling for work or pleasure, you can easily stay connected and social with this hotspot, which provides up to 8 of your devices with 12mbps download speeds. As it's a newer producy, not all areas have stellar coverage yet (you can search your address to see if it's in your area), but you basically just pay $39.99 for the device, and the WiFi is actually FREE. Yep, FREE. There are plans that cost more, depending on the data amount, but you can still get the 500MB basic plan gratis, making keeping up with your blog when you need to be on-the-go a total breeze.
At first glance, this may not be something you think you need, until you have one, and use it ALL of the time, like me! Think about all of the things that you plug into a USB port (charging your phone, portable chargers, iPad, mouse, flash drives), and how few of them you actually have on your computer. With this plugged in, you get four ports to use that can rest right in front of your face, so you don't have to constantly contort yourself behind the computer monitor or rip a cord or drive out of your laptop's side. I review a lot of lookbooks, press releases, and valuable information that I use in blogging via flash drives, so being able to plug several in at once and not have to adjust everything else that I have connected in is a godsend. For $17, it's well worth the cost for the convenience.
Will you try any of these apps or gadgets to aid your blogging? Have you used other ones that you'd recommend to the IFB community?
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