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I am on Instagram, although I don’t post photos very often. I had been on it, and then deleted my account for…reasons? I’m sure I had reasons, although I no longer remember them. And then I created a new account so I could look at pictures of dogs and shoes and food, because why not. (I’m sure I look at other things too, but that seems to be the bulk of my feed: greyhounds, Fluevogs, and fancy food.)

But an app that I like for sharing photos, that I don’t even remember how I found originally, is Flipagram. Here is one I made of the Travail Soft Opening. It is, if I remember correctly, a free app, but you can pay a small fee one time to have a watermark on your photos. I’m sure there are other in-app purchases, most likely related to music or video length, but that’s the only one I’ve succumbed to so far. And it’s so cool! The library of songs available is very good, and features music you’d actually want to use. And you can then share your pictures of food! To music! And post them on Twitter! #hipstertrifecta

I have a stylus now, and I used it for this Thing.

In Color Splurge, it was much easier to use my stylus than my finger to add color back in to a picture; fingertips are not precision instruments. And even though my cheap little stylus is by no means the top of the line, it gave me more precision and control than my fat, stubby finger. That being said, even though I think this effect looks cool, I don’t think I’m going to keep this app. It might be free, but it wasn’t worth it to me. The ads opened up too often, and it was buggy and imprecise to use. If I decide I want to do cool things like this with my photos, I will spend money on a good quality app.

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LINE Camera is just ridiculous, but fun. You can add stickers and text and sparkles, or whatever your heart desires to your photos. Of course you only get a limited amount in the free version, to get the really good stuff you have to pay. But at least this one didn’t have annoying adds popping open all the time! That being said, I won’t be keeping this one either. It’s fun, but not really anything I need.

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I can, however, see the appeal for libraries who have very limited budgets and can’t afford any sort of graphics software–free, buggy apps are better than handmade posters!

Oh hey, 23 Mobile Things, it’s been a while.

I use Twitter and Facebook regularly, and while I have some of the other accounts mentioned here (g+, anyone?), these are the ones I do the most with. At one point, I was a fairly active GetGlue user, but the apps haven’t worked very well for me since they switched to tvtag, and in all honesty I had stopped using it very much quite a while before the switch. I do have a bunch of physical stickers that I earned, so if anyone wants any random ones, let me know.

ANYway.

What I explored for this was HootSuite, because I like that you can schedule tweets. I am not planning on using it for my own tweeting, because there is nothing going on in my life that is so important I need to schedule tweets to be sent out. But if the proposed library Twitter account does in fact go through, this is a good tool to know about–the dashboard is much better for simultaneously keeping track of your timeline and mentions, because let’s be honest, one of the biggest failings of Twitter has always been its interface. I did for a while experiment with other Twitter apps, and for quite a while used Echofon, but after an update no longer liked the interface, and switched to the Twitter mobile app, which had gotten much better by that time. (The desktop version is still dire, but I almost never tweet from an actual computer, so that’s ok; that’s probably why it’s so bad, they assume their core user group is out, mobile, doing stuff, and if you’re bound to a desktop, you are almost certainly using a third party site anyway.)

Since I use Twitter and Facebook for different things, I’m not interested in apps that smoosh them together, but again, if the library’s Twitter account does materialize, I think we would be wise to explore tools that allow us to do multiple things in a less time consuming way. But that’s a ways off yet, so I’ll just remember this Thing if and when the time comes.

Oh, Pinterest. Here I am again, using you. I’ve quit you before–to no avail, APPARENTLY.

I fully understand the appeal of Pinterest, and while I enjoy browsing it from time to time, it’s just not for me. I signed up originally back in the day when you had to be vetted before they let you into their playground, and I made a few anemic boards. (They’re still there, by the way, and just as pathetic as ever.) But for me, this is sort of the same thing as RSS feeds, just with more pictures. It’s not how I consume my internet cookies.

There are a million ways that libraries could use this, however. You could make boards for themed books displays, or for read-a-likes, or for award winners/nominees, or for staff picks, or for book group titles, or for banned books, or for new releases, or for titles related to library programming…the boards are basically only limited by the imagination of the people putting them together. And it’s free, and it takes only a few minutes to create, and can be easily linked to. So really, there’s no reason for libraries NOT to be using this!

Since I already have a Drive account, I chose to use Quickoffice. With a few small exceptions, Word, Power Point, and Excel look and function the way that they do on my desktop, and that’s a big plus–if I’m going to go to the bother of fiddling with something like this on my tablet, I don’t want to have to learn a whole new system for something I already know how to do. And since I can also link to my Drive account, it’s even more convenient.

Another app I used for this is TinyScan. This app allows you to use your tablet or phone to take pictures of documents, and then turns them into PDFs. Super convenient if you’re out and about and need to quickly send something to someone in a format that they can use!

MLA

Boom!

Is this a trend? Did I miss a memo? Are shattered pink roses The Next Big Thing?

Before We Met

January 2014

The Husband's Secret

June 2013

Perfect

January 2014

These are all recent books, published within six months of each other. Three different publishers, one basic idea. What gives???

I don’t use my tablet very much for note taking, but that’s mostly due to my own innate laziness combined with my poor typing skills–coincidentally, that’s why I don’t live-tweet conferences or presentations either. I’m also a terrible speller. But all of that aside, I recognize that this is a feature of my device I ought to be making better use of. I’m not quite sure that the apps I chose were the best ones to help me on this path, but I certainly don’t despise them.

Springpad:
I like that there are a good variety of pre-fab notebooks to choose from, and I also like that there’s a notebook you can use if what you need to record doesn’t fit neatly into one of the existing categories. I don’t think that I’ll use every category, but I do like that there are so many options. The recipe notebook, for example, lets me search for a recipe over the internet, and then save the recipe and create a shopping list. That’s very handy. I’m not sure how much I’ll use this for work, but I did set up a Finish 23 Mobile Things notebook in Tasks.

Bamboo Paper:
This I really like, and I think am much more likely to actually use. I would want to get a stylus, since finger writing gets tedious very quickly. But the fact that you can import photos into your notebook, mark them up, and then email that is great. I am also childishly pleased that I can choose what color my notebook is; if I have several, I can create some sort of color-coded system so that I know at a glance what is in them. I don’t know if the pen and notebook add-ons are worth the money, but the basic package is definitely something I’ll keep and use.

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