Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Connected in So Many Ways

This spring has been super busy for me.  There are track meets, baseball games, practices, school events, and of course teaching every day.

Because I like to stay connected to all of my social media outlets, I am finding that I use apps on my iPhone more than I do my laptop to keep up-to-date.

Here are the apps that I have been using a lot in between track events and baseball games:

Twitter - I check Twitter more than any other app. I love keeping up with all of the wonderful people in my PLN.

Feedly- This is really a wonderful app.  My RSS feeds build up fast and the Feedly app makes it easy to peruse through the long list of blog posts and articles.

Facebook - My friends and family are always with me through this app.  It seems that the Facebook app keeps getting better and better with each update.  I particularly like the new message feature.

Linkedin - It's nice to see the new connections that professionals are making as well as job opportunities.  Linkedin also has the new endorse feature, which is a nice way to support one another in our professional careers.

Instagram - I used to use Insagram quite a bit in the past, but now I only occasionally check it out.  I guess this is one social media outlet that just didn't stick with me.  I do still enjoy the posts made by my sons and friends. - this is by far one of the best sites for curating the web that I have ever found.  I just love and the visual way that I am able to capture great finds on the Internet.  Check out my Project Showcase of sites and projects we have done through out the years.

Snapchat - I started using Snapchat to connect with my nieces while they are away at college.  Snapchat allows you to take a picture or video and send it to others.  The catch is that when you receive a Snapchat you can only view the picture for a few seconds and then it is gone.  You cannot save or capture the picture.  It's like getting a snapshot of a moment in time.  What I love is that I feel more connected to my nieces that I ever have in the past and it's due to this wonderful little app.

As you can see, each app connects me to different groups of people and serves a special purpose. Even though I love my social networking, my favorite way to connect with people is still face to face.

Here's hoping you have a wonderful, connected day!

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