A few of my favorite apps and sites

I’m a Droid guy.  My phone; the Motorola DroidX.  I love it.  I’m also an Apple guy.  My laptop; a MacBook Pro.  I love it too.

I love the simplicity and ease of use of my Mac as well as the options and ability to customize my Droid.  But the way the cloud brings them all together (notice how I said “the cloud” like I know what I’m talking about…I don’t) is the cherry on top.  Syncing apps across all 3 of these platforms is like the coming together of the perfect ratio of ice cream to chocolate syrup to whipped cream.

I’ve created a very short list of just a few of the apps I find myself going to everyday, whether it’s on my phone, my laptop or the web.

Evernote

Remember everything.  Capture anything.  Access anywhere.  Find things fast.  If you haven’t jumped on the Evernote bandwagon, what in the world are you waiting for.  Evernote is one of those apps that you start off using and think “Oh, this is a simple little filing system” but you soon discover just how powerful it can be depending on what exactly your doing with it.  I use Evernote to keep up with blog ideas, articles or website clips I want to share or use later, recipes (…yes, I said recipes), and the numerous contacts that I need to keep notes on.  If you haven’t read Michael Hyatt’s Evernote posts you really should.  He will open your eyes to the power of this amazing app.

Read It Later

ReadItLater has become my way of dogearing everything electronic.  If I come across a blog post, an article, something in my Google reader, something on my Pulse reader, a tweet, a tweet with a link…anything I want to come back to later, with a simple click, or two, I’m able to dogeared that link, page, article, post to come back to it later.  I use it most often on my phone as I’m running through my Google Reader or Pulse feeds and then rifle through my dogears when I’m sitting at my laptop.  There is a Firefox Add-on as well so I can choose to login to the website or sort through my dogeears in my Firefox sidebar.

TweetCaster*

I tried several Twitter apps on my Droid before I landed on TweetCaster.  The TweetCaster app is robust and does a fantastic job of handling all that I ask of it.  In addition to my @jesusneversaid account I also run 2 other Twitter accounts on my TweetCaster app (1 personal & another secret identity…mmmwwwahahahaha).  TweetCaster’s interface keeps them separated so I don’t have to worry about tweeting on the wrong account.  I’m able to choose my URL shortening service, image service, video service and there are a few other customizable features.  Lastly, the guys at OneLouder Apps are always updating and improving the app, tweaking and refining and so far the tweaks have been right on.

Pulse

I feel like I’m just beginning to scratch the surface of Pulse.  I am overwhelmed by the flexibility and the customizable interface of this app.  Honestly, my review won’t do this app justice, it’s just that good.  Try it and you will love it.

Pulse is technically a mobile app only, but via Pulse.me you can access articles that you’ve saved in sort of a pseudo-ReadItLater format.  I also love the fact that Pulse incorporates ReadItLater in it’s share menu, so you don’t really need to use the Pulse.me capabilities if you don’t want to.

YouVersion Bible app by LifeChurch.tv

I think most everyone can agree that this is by far the best Bible app out there.  Reading plans, bookmarks, translations and recently I have totally fallen in love with the audio Bibles.  I haven’t seen another bible app that comes close and the folks over at LifeChurch.tv continue to improve it so I don’t see it loosing it’s top spot anytime soon.  I’m still amazed by the fact that on any given Sunday people all around me pull out their phones to access their Bible now.

Here are a few Honorable Mentions that I access quite often as well…

JNS

*TweetCaster is only available as a mobile app.

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pulling the plug on twitter (sort of)

I’ve complained more than once in recent months about the DM spam that is filling up my inbox.  My solution; unfollow anyone from whom I receive DM spam.  Unfortunately this hasn’t helped.  Then a week or so ago I read Michael Hyatt’s post “Why I Stopped Following You on Twitter” and found myself more than a little emboldened to take the “radical” approach that Michael took…

unfollow everyone and start over.

Now I don’t have 100,000+ followers like Michael and I certainly don’t have his influence, credibility or demand.  People aren’t knocking my door down to interview me, send me a new product or ask me to support their latest project, but they are spamming me and I’m tired of it.

Just like Michael I do expect to loose some followers, I’m sorry if you’re one of them.  And just like Michael I plan on building my follow list back to a manageable and healthy list of those who support my tweets, my blog and interact with me on a regular basis.

I’m posting this on Friday at Noon and around 2PM I plan on pulling the plug.  Stay tuned to see how this whole thing plays out.  Oh, and if you do want to interview me, send me a product or ask me to support your latest project you can always email me at jesusneversaid@gmial.com.

JNS