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5 Apps I Can’t Live Without

By Rachel L. West, MSW, LMSW
The Political Social Worker

Originally published 6/5/2013

As some of you may know I am participating in the Word Count 2013 Blogathon.  Today is a theme day and the theme is “My 5 Favorite Apps.”  Below is a list of the 5 apps that I can’t live without, especially when it comes to running this blog.

  1. Buffer App – This belongs at the top of the list because barely an hour goes by when I am not using it.  It is not an exaggeration.  Buffer App enables you to schedule status updates on various social networking platforms including Twitter.  You can select the days and times you want updates to go out as well as track what status updates are most popular with your followers.  I particularly love the toolbar extension you can add.  The extension enables you to easily share articles and webpages with just a click on all your social networking sites   Cost: Free
  2. Evernote –  I use Evernote a lot when preparing blog post and projects. You can store notes on the Evernote site as well as on your computer, smart phone or tablet.  What this means is that as long as there is an internet connection you can access your notes. This is perfect for those who work from multiple locations.  I love the web clipper feature which enables me to easily save urls, articles, or just sections of web pages.  Cost: Free
  3. Dropbox – Dropbox enable you to have access to documents, photos and videos from anywhere.  There is even a Dropbox app for smartphones which means you can work on documents from anywhere.  No Longer will you need to panic after realizing you forgot (or worse, lost) your flash drive.  I like to use it for backing up important files.  Dropbox also allows users to share documents with others enabling you to easily collaborate with colleagues. Cost: Free
  4. Evernote Hello –  This app, available for iPhone, iPad touch and Android, allows users to easily keep track of contacts.  Evernote Hello uses your smartphone’s camera to scan business cards so you can access them whenever you need.  Once the information is entered the app will pull together information about the person such as locating their Linked In account which helps you to stay in touch with new connections.  Cost: Free but limited to 5 scans per month. A premium subscription (unlimited) cost $5.00 a month or $45.00 for a year
  5. CamScanner – CamScanner turns your phone into a scanner. You simply take a picture of the document and you can then turn it into a PDF, email or FAX it to a colleague, or save the document to cloud storage for your records.  Cost: Free

I would love to hear what apps you find indispensable.  Let me know in the comments section below.

photo credit: Sigalakos via photopin cc

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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