There’s an App for that!

I don’t how many times at work lately I’ve said there’s an app for that to the surprise of my less techy coworkers. I like to try to find the easiest way to do things. I just started this new job in September after finishing my degree and was brought into the world of HR programs, having to put in benefits claims, and all kinds of other programs we must use to manage our careers. Initially I didn’t know how people did it all without their own secretaries! Please tell me I’m not the only one who can never remember their passwords? Do you get locked out of your accounts too? Well, I have good news folks: there’s an app for that.

When apps first came out, I had no idea what was going on. I didn’t understand that they are basically software programs with a new fancy alias. They began as programs that you add to your phone and branched out to tablets and laptops. According to Mehul Rajput in his article “Tracing the History and Evolution of Mobile Apps”, an app is basically “a computer generated program designed and developed to run on an iPhone”. He also says, “apps are easy to access and simply make your life better as a result.” Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it?

I’ll admit, it took me some time, over the years, to figure out apps. It took me even longer to figure out how they could be helpful. It’s social media apps that really got me hooked. Right now, my favourite one is Instagram. Instagram is actually a program that started out as an app and was adapted for a computer, unlike Facebook that started out as a platform accessed through a computer that was adapted into app form. Elise Moreau in “What is Instagram, Anyway?” explains that Instagram can be accessed on a computer but for viewing only. Users must use the app to upload and share.

What do you think about apps? Do you still find it confusing or do you feel like an app master like I sometimes do? Do they make your life easier? Do you have a favourite one? How many of you wouldn’t get up in the morning if it weren’t for your clock app? Personally, my life is a lot easier now that I have my HR app, the app for my benefits, the essential calendar app, and the 25 morning alarms I have set in my clock app. I even have an app that allowed me to proctor exams remotely today! Of course, I can’t forget my favourites; any app that tells people to bring me food!

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Facebook: How much do you really use apps? Are they important tools in your life? Or are they simply portals to your favourite social media escapes? Check out my latest blog to find out how I use apps to make my new work life easier. http://bit.ly/thereisanapp

Instagram: There’s an app for that! Check out how I figured out that apps could help me in my new job. http://bit.ly/thereisanapp

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Is Facebook Really Dying?

Do you still use Facebook? I remember in 2007 hearing about this “Facebook” thinking it was similar to my space but cooler and I decided to sign up because all my friends were doing it. Facebook ended up being a big part of my college experience. We’d message each other through Facebook even if we were sitting next to each other in class. We’d connect to find out when and where to hang out. Of course, it was also a great resource for finding out where the closest party was happening. Facebook grew very quickly and we all totally forgot about MySpace.

I still have my Facebook page. It’s evolved a lot. I’ve accumulated pictures and memories. I still use it to connect with my friends. I don’t see myself deleting it anytime soon. I recently started working in a University and I hear from students all of the time that Facebook is dying. Apparently, Snapchat is way cooler now. I’ve tried to use Snapchat but it’s really not my thing. I don’t get it.

So, what are the facts? Is Facebook really dying? In his article “Is Facebook Slowly Dying”, Giovanbattista Cimmino says “Many adults now use Facebook as a glorified address book”. He says that young people “jump to the latest trend without a second thought” and that “Facebook is now a dinosaur”. According to Elizabeth Orley in her article “Is Facebook dying in 2019” it’s not that clear. She says that “people are so emerged into the platform it makes it hard to get rid of it for many users” and that it will be hard for us to give it up.

There are many varying opinions online, so what’s yours? Do you still use Facebook? Are you a business owner that relies on it? Have you already moved away from Facebook and if so, what do you use now? Is there something that us diehard Facebook users have been missing out on? Tell us what we’ve been missing out on or if you’re not ready to let go yet in the comments below.

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Facebook: Do you think Facebook is dying? I hear this a lot from younger people. To them Facebook is no longer cool. Check out “Is Facebook Really Dying?” on the blog! http://bit.ly/FacebookReallyDying

Twitter: Are you still on Facebook? Do you think it’s dying? Check out this week’s post on the blog to find out. http://bit.ly/FacebookReallyDying

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Is Social Media Bringing Us Down?

How often do you find yourself on your phone, tablet, or even work computer on some form of social media site? How often are you looking for your phone, in between chores or homework assignments, just to check out the latest buzz on Facebook or twitter? A couple of hours pass by and the dishwater is cold, and your evening has flown by without any of the things on your list being completed. It’s not a nice feeling.

What about when you log on to your favourite social media site and see that your bestie went out without you, or that someone has gotten engaged. Everyone is so happy online while you’re sitting at home alone, checking it all out from the sidelines. How does that make you feel, really? Sometimes it really gets to me. Doesn’t matter how mature I am or how much I think about my own accomplishments, something about my Facebook friends’ trip to Cuba seems so much better than everything I’ve done lately.

According to Healthline.com in their article “15 ways to Avoid Depression” social media use is addictive, can cause depression, and even lower your self-esteem. One of their suggestions is not having social media applications on your phone so that it is less accessible. They even suggest website blocking extensions that kick you off the platform after a certain amount of time.

Are these suggestions a little extreme? Do you feel like you’re in control when you’re on your preferred platform? Do you limit your own use or are you like me and find hours have gone by when you finally look up?

A study by Medical News Today’s “Can social media really cause depression?” found that using social media a lot does not cause depression. They suggest that personality has more of an impact on us getting depressed than how much we use social media. Maybe this is the category I fall into.

What do you think? Think about your life and your habits. Do you feel like you are living a healthy lifestyle? Maybe you’re getting everything done but are you getting enough sleep? Could social media be playing a role in your mood or holding you back and do you think you’ll limit your use anytime soon? Or maybe you’re killing it, living your best life. In that case, do you have any advice for the rest of us? Either way, let me know in the comments below!

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Facebook: How many times a day are you on your favourite #socialmedia platform? Do you find you’re online more than you want to be? Do you want to limit your use? Check out the blog for my take on social media and its potential link to #depression http://bit.ly/socialmediabringingusdown.

Twitter: “Is Social Media Bringing Us Down?” Check out my take on #socialmedia and it’s link to #depression on the blog http://bit.ly/socialmediabringingusdown.

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How to Become Insta-famous! Really?

How many times have you thought to yourself “life would be so much easier if I could be Instagram famous”. Me? All of the time. I come up with all kinds of ideas like getting a pug and making it famous, instantly becoming a fitness model, or actually becoming interested in makeup and fashion. I’m no fashionista, makeup aficionado, or workout guru. None of these make sense for who I am. Except maybe the pug. Who doesn’t want a pug?

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According to wikihows “How to Become Instagram Famous”, there are four ways: a catchy Instagram name, and artful profile photo, a consistent theme, and to find a unique niche. Inc.com has an article called “11 Top Hacks to Finding Fame on Instagram” listing advice on hashtag use, marketing, and photo quality. @gettinggrowth in their article “How to Become Famous on Instagram: The Only Guide You Need in 2019” lists 22 ways with a list of what not to do at the end of the article.

So, what ACTUALLY works? How could we possibly implement all of the advice we can find online? Here’s my advice: keep your day job. Don’t think you’re going to be Instragram famous overnight. You need to build it over time, like you would a new habit. Start by going through your day and thinking about what you’d like to share. What do you enjoy? Perhaps you love flowers or have great cleaning tips. It doesn’t have to be exotic or glamorous. There will always be someone out there who will relate to you.

Start by finding your community of flower lovers or cleaning gurus. Begin posting more often, commenting more often, and building relationships. You may never get a million followers, or you may post something that goes inexplicably viral overnight. I can’t guarantee that you’ll be famous, but I can guarantee that you might have fun.

Think about what kind of community you’d like to be part of. Maybe it really is flowers that you’re into. Once you figure it out, drop a comment below. Why not build our own community? A community of people who wished they were Instagram famous. 😉

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Facebook: Ever wanted to be Instagram Famous? Is the 9 to 5 life not working for you? Need something new? Check out my latest post on the blog “How to be Insta-famous! Really?” http://bit.ly/instafamereally

Twitter: Ever wanted to be Instagram Famous? Check out my latest post on the blog “How to be Insta-famous! Really?” http://bit.ly/instafamereally

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