What’s App-ening? A New Way to Take Selfies, a Flappy Bird Replacement and More!
We’re back for another weekend edition of What’s App-ening?! This week was a big one to be an app — you could have been, like WhatsApp, bought for BILLIONS by the most famous man the Internet has ever made a movie out of or you could have been banished from the app store altogether for being SO popular, Flappy Bird-style. Either way, we have a few downloads that could be in the running to be the next best thing about your phone.
Selfie360: So you’ve totally perfected the selfie — but what about the selfie GIF? From Cycloramic, the same people who perfected the panoramic picture, Selfie360 guides you through the steps of creating the perfect animated self-portrait whether you’re a n00b or a modern day van Gough.
It may not be as easy to do as your usual Long Armed pics, but once you master it, all your friends will be trying to one up you on the app that’s like a glorious GifBoom, SnapChat explosion.
Flying Cyrus: Aw, is your touchscreen feeling a little ignored this week after Flappy Bird was just ripped from it? We’ve got a clever little knockoff to download that can fill the void. Instead of feathered friends, our favorite post-Disney Diva gets the chance to spread her wings and fly in the version that made it to the top of the download charts this week. Think it’s a metaphor for real life? Probably not. But it could be.
Samba: Everyone in the app-creating community is breathless to be the next WhatsApp (chill, guys, it’ll probably be a while) but this video messaging app just might be in the lead for the next billie we find in the couch cushions. It allows you to send and receive recorded reactions between you and your and friends in FaceTime-like bites.
What WhatsApp did for texting and SnapChat does for photo-sharing, Samba has the opportunity do for video-ing between friends. And if you don’t have an iPhone, #NoFOMO! You can still receive your Apple friends’ videos via SMS.
UltimEyes: We thought staring at screens was going to ruin our eyesight, but this neuroscientist-created iPad app promises it’ll “turn back the clock on your vision.” With promises that it’ll help you throw away your reading glasses, see better at night, in dim light and improve your vision for sports, we’re down to give it a try as long as it won’t blow air into our eye when we least expect it.
Okay, the app’s reviews aren’t hot, and those graphics. Oh, those graphics! But researchers who tested it out with baseball players found that the team’s vision improved throughout the course of the season while using it. And at zero dollars, we’re willing to give it a shot in between Netflix binging!
Poki: If you spend a lot of time online for work or play, Pocket was probably one of the best things that happened to you… and your productivity IF you’re an iPhone or Android user. Now, there’s a similar version for Windows Phones called Poki. And honestly, it’s way more beautiful.
A commuter’s dream, Poki lets you stash articles away to read later to build your own, personalized RSS feed that you can access offline. Poki makes reading interesting (think, the Pizza Hut BOOK IT! program for the future) by awarding you with badges for tagging articles or actually reading a tl;dr.
Postcard: If you have the words “social media” in your job title, download this immediately. This is the Social Media Assistant you’ve been waiting for your boss to get the funds to hire for you. Postcard helps you post your message to Twitter, Facebook and all of your social media networks at once — it even allows you to send it to your website. As handy as apps like these seem, we’re curious how many folks feel like it’s effective to post the exact same wording to all of your social platforms? Either way, this is a handy tool to have at your disposal when Hootsuite can’t cut it.
Cost: Free to download but if you work with multiple accounts get your company to sign off on the $4.99 expense for unlimited networks.
What was your favorite app you downloaded this week? Share below!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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