Three Things Thursday: Google Maps are BACK! And some other stuff.

Maps App for iPhone Steers Right (via The New York Times)

This piece of news has restored my faith in humanity and has given me hope that maybe, just maybe, the world won’t end next Friday. I know this seems a bit dramatic, but if you know me personally, you know that I have very little sense of direction.

Life without Google Maps has actually been a bit of a nightmare. The MapQuest app was alright, but definitely more useful for people who you know, drive. Not people who rely on public transit and their own two feet to get around like me.

I just downloaded it right before I started writing this post and am checking it out for the first time. The article I’m citing is right. It’s fast, it has a clean design, and has more options than it did before. You really need to check it out for yourself to believe it – it’s everything we’ve been missing, and more.

After Instagram Breakup, Twitter Adds Photo Editing and Filters (via Wired)

You can no longer embed Instagram photos into your Tweets in a move from Twitter this week. (You can still click the link to see the image, but it won’t open up for you in your feed like it did before). With more and more people using mobile for, well, everything, this is going to be kind of a pain.

For me personally, I don’t send photos from Instagram to my Twitter feed all that often. I tend to use it as its own channel. However, I am curious to know what the typical consumer behavior is and how this is going to impact Instagram and Twitter usage.

To try to fill the void in our filter-loving hearts, Twitter has added a photo editing tool.

Twitter Filters

Photo via Wired

I haven’t tried it out yet, but it was definitely a smart move on their part.

Facebook Shows You Your Year in Review (via Mashable)

Everyone is having the end of the year (and possibly the world) craze, and Facebook jumped right on board with that. Yesterday I noticed a 2012 Year in Review option on my Facebook profile. Naturally, I checked it out.

Year in reviewIt was pretty cool. Definitely worth checking out.

Five Things Friday: iPhone app Edition

I recently became a proud iPhone owner thanks to rain damage sustained to my Blackberry whilst rocking out to Portugal. The Man at Lollapalooza. I gotta say, it feels good to be rid of my “1998 technology” as my buddy (and longtime iPhone user) Andy likes to say.

In honor of Steve Jobs announcing his resignation as the CEO of Apple, I thought I would share the 5 apps that have made my iPhone experience so freakin’ awesome.

1. instagram

Since before I owned an iPhone, I’ve had instagram envy. I love being able to take a photo, put on a sweet looking filter and share it with my friends not only on instagram but also with the option to share on Twitter and Facebook. I like it so much that it has actually decreased my Tumblr usage quite a bit.


2. OKCupid

I’ve been a fairly avid user of OKCupid over the past couple years, and the iPhone app is really awesome. The Local feature plays off of the grindr format in that it allows you to see who is local and available to hang out right then and there. I haven’t taken advantage of meeting someone through this feature yet, but it’s definitely something I might be open to when I’m out on the town in Boston.

3. Kik Messenger

The one feature I knew I was going to miss about my Blackberry was bbm. Kik messenger is the iPhone equivalent. While it isn’t super necessary because the iPhone texting format is basically the same as chatting, it’s still nice to have a messaging tool that feels somewhat exclusive.



Uhhh. I don’t think I really even need to explain why this is so awesome. Thanks to this app, I can take Don Draper on the T with me every morning on my way to work. Waiting for a friend that is going to be half an hour or so late? BAM. An episode of Party Down at your fingertips. Netflix is just generally one of the best things ever, but it in an app and its even better.


5. Catch the T

Out at the bar and wondering if you’re going to be able to hit up last call and still make the last T home? Wonder no more. If you rely on the Orange, Red or Blue line to get home, Catch the T has you covered. You can check times by line and station and it gives you three options to take (assuming its early enough to have three options left). It’s the only app I’ve paid money for, and I’m sure its going to prove itself worthy.

Have an iPhone app that you can’t live without? Share it in the comments!