Mobile devices are here to stay and prosper.
What you do with mobile apps is up to you. There are three main categories of people here –
- people who use what is needed for a given task and be satisfied
- people who use every app under the sun, review them and let the world know (yours truly included.. ha ha!)
- and those who play games, chat with people and believe that they have reached the end of the known universe
Since you are in good hands at technosanct.com, you get the productivity boosters, blogging techniques and more. If all that can be had through mobile apps, all the better.
So, without further ado, here are 10 free apps that every blogger must use.
I use asana for most of my planning needs.
Although asana looks and acts as a full-fledged project management system, it is versatile enough to address the needs of a one-person team.
Create categories of what you want your blog to be about, write potential article titles (recommended), and set a due date. You can also set long-term and short-term objectives and tag tasks against those goals.
Tracking yourself against the set goals and measuring progress on a daily basis gives you a sense of satisfaction and achievement.
Feedly flew in to rescue me when I was desperately trying to find an alternative to the dying Google Reader. I have not looked back since.
Feedly on my mobile device is a God-send since I can track updates to my favorite blogs and websites in real-time. Tracking blog posts through Feedly will reduce my reaction time and enable me to comment in a matter of minutes.
The quick comments are not just a matter of “who was the faster to comment” competition. First commenters usually get noticed by both the bloggers and the audience. People tend to click on the names of the first few commenters to check out the commenters’ websites.
Although you get the clicks for any interesting comments, it is atypical that the clicks are more if you figure in the first five comments.
3. Google Keep
While asana is great to keep track of objectives and tasks, a quick to-do can be a chore to keep track there. That’s where Keep comes in.
Keep track of your quick notes, To Dos and other miscellaneous things you come across. Keep is a good post-it replacement for digital junkies.
Hootsuite works in a browser and helps you keep track of all your conversations on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more. The mobile app takes it a notch higher since you can now keep track of what people are saying in real-time.
Hootsuite enables you to be everywhere, take part in meaningful conversations, and engage peers, experts, and your followers on multiple social media platforms/third party blogs.
If you have sold a product, provided any service, or trying to get rich by Arbitrage, you will know how important it is to stay in touch.
While Hootsuite provides an effective way of tracking social media platforms, you can’t always expect people to “friend” you or “follow” you to get the support they deserve. Enter Skype.
Skype provides a professional platform to enable one-to-one, one-to-group conversations around a topic/product. You can virtually run a forum on Skype (with restrictions of course), and provide help through screen share and instant response through chat/voice/video.
All this makes Skype an amazing collaboration and productivity booster. Connect with your peers, outsourcers, vendors, suppliers and customers on Skype and chat away to glory.
In its simplest form Pushbullet mirrors notifications across devices. You can connect notifications to appear across your tablet, phone and Chrome browser on your laptop/Mac.
But, it goes beyond that. With one flick of a finger, you can transfer bookmarks from your mobile device to your main browser, you can transfer files/photos across devices, and respond to notifications on multiple devices in one place.
The humble Gmail is a go-to email client on Android devices. That has been the way for some time now, but what has changed since a couple of months is the facility to check emails from sources other than gmail.
You can use the gmail client on a mobile device to create a central hub of emails in one window. You can connect to Yahoo or Outlook accounts in addition to Gmail, check emails and respond to them through those accounts.
Although you could do the same by connecting the different services through the main Gmail account, connecting services through the mobile client is easier and convenient.
While there are a whole lot of file storage services including the popular Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive, Box is what comes to my mind when sharing files.
You can long press on a file to easily share it with the connected box account on a mobile device. The shared file is accessible through the browser, through Box client on desktop/laptop computer, or Android/iOS clients on mobile devices. Box provides ample storage space (typically 10 GB at no cost, got a free 25 GB account during their initial promotion spree).
Box also enables you to share documents with others. Although I tend to use copy.com due to their more generous free space, Box has remained a contender in that space.
Although Feedly acts as an effective aggregator, there are more than a few links that you want to check out quickly and discard after a few days.
Bookmarking in Chrome browser is convenient but is cumbersome to manage. From time to time, bloggers tend to use different browsers, and that puts them in an uncomfortable position with no bookmarks in sight.
Enter Pocket to the rescue.
Pocket lets you easily store bookmarks with a touch here, and a click there. You can find Pocket for all mobile devices and browsers. You can access those precious bookmarks through an ordinary browser, or through the Pocket plugin.
SwiftKey had legendary capabilities to sense what you are typing and introduce corrections on the go. With the swiping feature introduced a couple of years back, it quickly gained even more popularity.
A lot of smartphone usage gets down to the faster typing of content and performing various operations that were limited to a typical computer keyboard earlier. SwiftKey provides an effective alternative to carryout all these activities with ease.
SwiftKey learns words and spellings that are applicable to you, tries to second guess the context, and easily substitutes the wrong word. You can undo those corrections if needed, but it is scary how well the mobile keyboard gets to know you.
Honourable mention goes to LastPass. It remembers the passwords so that you don’t have to. Although the core application remains free, the app version comes in the paid form.
LastPass app integrates with the browser, other apps on the mobile device and syncs passwords everywhere. LastPass has a good reputation of being a secure and free online password management platform, and this usefulness increases multifold using the mobile app.
Know of any other apps that deserve to be on this list? Comment and let me know.