July 28, 2015

8 iPhone Apps You Didn’t Know You Needed

How many times have you said, “I wish there was an app for that”? Here are 8 of the most useful ones on my iPhone. Please leave your suggestions to add to this list.

Roboform

I don’t think I could function properly if I didn’t have Roboform as my app for remembering logins. I know there are others, but to me, Roboform is still #1. While it’s great at remembering logins, it’s also extremely handy for filling in forms, and making purchases online with your stored banking details. Yes, you can password protect Roboform app.

Pinterest

I actually have *two Pinterest accounts, one for personal fun things, and the other as a business account to share blog posts and sites I like for business like WordPress, Cafepress, Amazon, etc.

*Find me on Pinterest iPentimento Emporium (business) and Carol Wilkerson

WordBrain

After a few hours of composing and researching, I need a break now and then. So, I open the WordBrain app and have a little word fun. It’s not as easy as you assume!

StoryCorps

Truthfully, you never know when someone is going to bust out with a story about themselves or their friends. Created by David Isay, this app allows us all to tell the human story. It can be planned, or impromptu but always a great way to preserve memories for posterity.

Marksta

I use this app to add a watermark to my photos on my iPhone to point friends and clients to my blog, or just to say “it’s mine”. Marksta allows you to watermark your photography, adding text or a logo directly from your iPhone or iPad.”

PastMapWA

This one is location specific, but if you live in Washington State, this app is your ticket to historical adventure in the Evergreen state.

Gas Buddy

Trying to save some dollars while on the road? Try using GasBuddy to see the most recent gas prices in the next town. Or, your town.

Find Me Rest Stops ($.99)

This one is crucial for any traveler on the road. This app tracks your location and gives you several results for available rest areas. Make sure you check out some of the other apps they’ve created too.

 

 

8 Places To Share Your Social Profile

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Let’s Get Social!

Depending on your intent, you might want to add your social profile to any or all of these sites. Some are well known, but if you’re just getting started online these links will make it easy for you to get your social presence “out there” initially. This is a random list and not presented by any personal preference.

Write Your Profile First!

 Write your profile first and keep it in a file on your computer for quick access so you can upload it with just a few keystrokes. You might want to add a paragraph for inclusion to personalize it for the site, or type of site, to which you are uploading it. What you upload to Facebook might not quite be the same as what you would like someone on a photo type site to know about you.

Facebook – Almost everyone online has a Facebook profile. I would caution that you only include just the information you are most comfortable in sharing with the whole world. As an added help, you might want to use Social Fixer to whichever browser you are using.

Twitter – If you are planning to just have a social presence on Twitter, there is probably not much need to have more than one account. If you want to keep your business and social lives separate though, then I would suggest at least two accounts. The way to have two accounts is simple, just create each one with a different email account that you own.

LinkedIn – Whether you are in business or not, LinkedIn is an excellent site in which to make like-minded friends and have the ability to gain authority and a trusted social presence through joining specific interest groups and/or giving and receiving endorsements.

About.me – About.me has the ability to put all of your online presences in one location via badges for the other sites I’m listing. Kind of a central hub for your fans.

Google+ – If you have a blog, it’s great to have Google know that, and one of the best ways is through Google Authorship.

YouTube – Are you doing webinars, lectures, etc., or creating fun videos you would like to share? Having your profile on YouTube will make it so people can find them by looking for your ‘handle’, name, interest or topic.

Instagram – Wild about sharing your photos with the world? Adding Instagram to your smart device, or sharing through an account on your PC is also a way to catch and keep your reader’s interests. They can subscribe to your account and get updates as they choose.

Flickr – Flickr is another photo sharing site that can be used as a free member with limited uploads, or as a paid member for more flexibility. As a site that hosts your photos it’s good in that you can easily access all of them. The downside (to me) is that putting them all in one place online is like putting all your eggs in one basket. If their website goes down for any reason you are left with no way to get a photo you want. Personally, I have my photos in several places, but that’s just my personal preference.

 

 

Learn More About Genealogy Using YouTube

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Just out of curiosity, I did a search in YouTube tonight for the term “genealogy” and got 183 hits. Not all of them are something I’m interested in watching, but it certainly is something worth investigating.

How about some other search terms?  Use some of your own interests like railroading, logging, gold mining, or wine making.  Try locations too!

Have you used YouTube in your family history research? What kinds of things did you find. Was it helpful?  Don’t forget to leave a comment. :)

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