Is Zero Inbox Achievable? With Mailbox App it is!

by Jess Samuels

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No matter how hard we try, at some point we all end up using our email inbox as a to do list.  Of course, the folly in this system is that our “list” keeps getting longer and longer every day, making it harder to manage.

Enter the Mailbox App.  A new mail management app from Dropbox that allows you to manage your email from your phone or tablet.

Mailbox works by linking your gmail accounts (up to 10), icloud, and google apps.  To manage your inbox you will swipe to label, snooze, archive or delete.

By setting up messages to “snooze” you are able to get them out of your inbox and have them come back to you at a time or date that you are better able to manage them.

With a bit of ongoing dedication, this quick organization method allows you to get zero inbox (and stay there!) by allowing you to quickly label messages or bring them back later.

While I wouldn’t personally use mailbox as a day to day option for responding to all of my emails (regular gmail is too rich with tools to not use), it is great for it’s primary function – getting you on top of your overwhelming inbox.

So give it a try and see if you can achieve everyone’s dream goal: zero inbox!

Currently available for ios and Android.

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Is Zero Inbox Achievable? With Mailbox App it is!

Highlight an App: Vine

by Jennifer Keegin

Vine is a new app that lets you take 6 second videos and share them via Twitter and/or Facebook. You can follow others like you do with Instagram. Others can follow you. The trick is to come up with interesting videos that are only six seconds long.

Here’s an example from me:

Not the most exciting video, but showed the company that was selling the furniture and I convinced someone else to demo for me. It’s fun once you remember to hold your finger down as you tape, release to stop. Lots of stop motion happening here when you explore other videos. I love the travel section. Of course there’s selfies and food and cats and all the other types of videos you would imagine. Definitely worth checking out especially since it’s a free app.

Here are some more articles about Vine:

How to use Vine and other video apps for marketing.
Twitter’s Vine App Will Make Social SEO Campaigns More Awesome.

Highlight an App: Vine

App Highlight: Card Munch and Evernote Hello

By Jennifer Keegin

I am currently writing this post while attending the Women’s Leadership Institute in Amelia Island, Florida.

The Women’s Leadership Institute is the premier program for women leaders across campus. The program is held at a resort-style location to maximize learning and minimize distractions, and is designed for women who aspire to new leadership positions on campus. The institute features a curriculum with an overall focus on building the next generation of leaders in higher education administration and student affairs. This is a wonderful program for women of all ages to come together to learn and network with one another, forming bonds that will last a lifetime.

So now that I’ve shared the purpose of this Institute, one of the major components is networking. I had two apps on my iPhone that I could utilize to enhance this. Card Munch and Evernote Hello.


Card Munch was an app that was recommended by Teri Bump via the #WLI12 Twitter hashtag feed. I know Teri networks like CRAZY and travels all the time, so it was definitely something I wanted to try out. I also have been wanting to try out Evernote Hello since I’m very much into using Evernote every day and this is another app of theirs.

I collected 15 business cards and three Evernote Hello profiles. Here are some thoughts:

Card Munch:

I use apps all the time to scan documents. I’ve already said I like Evernote and I’m always taking photos of documents, my hotel room door the first night to remember my room number (just in case), pictures of souvenirs I’m pondering buying for my 3 year old, and etc. So, I liked the idea of an app where I’d collect the cards, take a photo of them and then they would upload into a program that would hold them for me so I could search through them. Here’s what I didn’t realize it would do – after I took all the photos, LinkedIn profiles starting popping up so I could also connect with these folks via LinkedIn. Brilliant! Definitely made me realize that there are a lot of women out there that really need to work on building their profiles on their social networking sites. Those with photos – I’m going to remember them even better!

Evernote Hello:

I love the idea of Hello. You can either pass the phone to someone and ask them to fill out their info and let them take their own photo, or you can fill out the info yourself. I asked some women I was having lunch with to fill out their info and take their picture. It was an awkward process for them. Figuring what the heck I was talking about, realizing it was an app, trying to figure out what info they were supposed to fill out, what they wanted to fill out…then navigating the picture was the worst. They get four chances to take pics…and these are ladies! We ladies want GOOD pictures taken of us at all times. Being unfamiliar with the system lent itself to terrible photos and I felt bad asking more women to try it which is too bad, because the photo part was the only real hurdle. I also tried entering info myself, but it took longer with repeated questions of “How do you spell your name?” and “Your twitter handle is what?” and with the number of people I was trying to connect with – business cards were a much better solution. If you were meeting one on one with someone in a more intimate setting, I think this would be more fun.

I will most likely be blogging on my personal site very soon about my WLI experience, but for Tech purposes – I wanted to share these apps and I’m interested to hear about your thoughts on either of these apps AND any other apps you may have tried to help you keep tabs on all the new folks you are meeting in your journeys.

Be well all!

-Jennifer

App Highlight: Card Munch and Evernote Hello

App Highlight: Facebook Camera App

by Jennifer Keegin

As most of you know, Facebook bought Instagram for a billion dollars. I was instantly horrified. As someone who wishes they could move away from Facebook but can’t (tethered by long distant relationships with all of my family and high school friends) I found this news to be troublesome because I love Instagram and hated to think of it going to the way side like other apps that I’ve known and loved. (RIP Gowalla).

I wasn’t even interested in downloading the app. Then I read this article called “Thanks Instagram It’s Been Fun But I’m Out Of Here” on Simply Zesty.

A couple of points interested me. Better quality photos and the ability to share directly with Facebook, and the fact that there’s a website you can go to to view the shots.

So I downloaded the app to check it out. I kinda like it. I too found the quality of the images to be better and its easy to use. Obviously the immediate integration onto Facebook was nice – However – I do still like to use Nostalgio (the app I highlighted last time in my post) so I can see where I will have to keep playing around to see which is truly the best. A great feature of Facebook Camera and its one real selling point over Instagram is multi-photo uploads. This helps you tell a story or share the best photos from a day’s outing in a single post. It’s great for if you can’t decide which shot is best and don’t want to go through the sharing flow over and over. Instagram does have more filters though, 17, plus light adjustment and tilt-shift that Facebook’s new app doesn’t.

Would love to hear feedback from others – thoughts? Comparisons?

App Highlight: Facebook Camera App

App Highlight: Nostalgio

By Jennifer Keegin

In the last two weeks or so, my co-worker got a new iPhone 4S and my mom got a new iPad. Between the two of them, apps have become a frequent topic. After deciding it was time for me to revisit my own apps on my iPad, I came across a new app that was just what I was searching for. An app that allows me to create collages or frames within my Instagram photos.

Have you seen these images like this one on Instagram?

It was killing me. How did they do that? How did they get three pictures on one slide? The answer is Nostalgio. You can take pictures while using the app or use photos from your albums. Its available FOR FREE on iPad and iPhone.

Here’s some info from their site:

Nostalgio helps you arrange your photos into a beautiful photo collage and share it with your friends via e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Instagram.

Featured by Apple in the Photo & Video Essentials and Staff Favorites!

Features:

• Lots of collage templates
• Great variety of frames
• Customizable borders
• Live Camera mode in all frames
• Most popular photo filters: Cross-Process, Black&White and Sepia. You can use them individually on a single photo!
• Pick a layout for your collage
• Choose photos from albums or take new ones
• Use camera simultaneously in all frames to take pictures of the same object and enjoy fun results!
• Tap Random button and let the app create a collage for you
• Rotate and resize your photos
• Save and share your collages in different sizes
• Save and share your images across multiple social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Instagram

Experiment – we’ve done everything to ensure the perfect result!

It takes a little bit to get used to how you place the photos, and you might have to try a couple of different templates to find the configuration you like best (which means you’ll have to start over again with the selection of pictures) BUT – its worth it. If you don’t follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you missed a few collections of pics of my little one who is quite the character. She has a very expressive face, and being able to show a few different faces she’s made on one shot is the best.

This app allows you to create the shots you want first, then you can either save it to your device and be done or you can share it.

You will have to connect all your accounts which as always takes a little time to set up.

Again, being able to put these collages into Instagram was the best-and so yes-if you start listing out the steps for creating these shots for Instagram specifically, I’m talking about:
1. Taking pictures.
2. Turning the photos into a collage of sorts via Nostalgio and then
3. Putting them into Instagram and then
4. Editing it and THEN
5. Sharing them.

If you don’t mind all the steps and using multiple apps and screens – then check it out. (It’s easier if you’re just saving them or sharing via Facebook etc.).

 

App Highlight: Nostalgio