The Tao of Apps: Recap From Social Media Camp

First of all, a huge thanks to everyone who stopped by to listen to myself and @jngsta blab about apps. We had a wicked fun time presenting and chatting with you guys!

Here’s a look back at some of the ways you can start using apps and social media more mindfully to reach your goals.

Recap and resources

We’re being foolish.

  • Spending too much time on our phones
  • Not being present during face time with friends and family
  • Becoming slaves to notifications
  • Consuming too much information, becoming victims to our endless news feeds,
  • Automating human interactions

How can you turn this around?

Start making apps work for you.

Choosing Apps

Cents vs. Mint:

Cents – quick setup, very simple use-case, but requires you to develop new behaviours (opening the app and recording a purchase each time you buy)

Mint – lengthy setup, robust features and financial info, uses existing behaviour (simply spend, and transactions appear in Mint, your budgets etc.)

Before you use a new app, ask “Why” 5 times. Drill down to your true motives and needs. Find the apps that make the most sense for you. Spending a little time up-front to get more out of the app in the long run is usually worth it.

Hacking your workflows


1) IFTTT – If this then that

Connect tons of different apps you use everyday to automate routine processes.

2) Tweet Adder – Rapidly grow your twitter following

The concept is simple. Find influencers who your target audience follows. Tell Tweet adder to follow anyone who is following “X”.

Note: Tweet Adder 4 (released a few days ago) doesn’t allow automatic following/unfollowing anymore; however, they make it dead simple to turn your mouse into an automatic weapon and rapid fire click to follow/unfollow. There’s also some really great new unfollow features which they copied from a tool called Managefilter.

3) How to be awesome on social media in 20 minutes a day

This hack was originally created by @leowid:

5 Minutes: Find the best content from your networks

Use News.me‘s daily email digest and Feedly (for long-tail blogs). You can also supplement this with Twitter lists and Prismatic. Tip: do this first thing in the morning.

5 Minutes: Share more effectively with Buffer

Buffer the top stories out to your networks. Buffer helps you spread your tweets out throughout the day and gives you solid analytics. They also write a killer blog, and have make the best share button plugin for WordPress.

Note: Use Tweriod with Buffer to tweet at the best times for your followers.

10 Minutes: Engage, comment, like, retweet

At the end of your day respond to the people who interacted with you. Be valuable, be human.

Changing your behaviour

Super interesting reads:
Simplify
Guy reflects after spending one year with NO internet
Are you feeling overwhelmed? (Chris Brogan)
Interesting stats on the noise today

Turning off notifications (only keep important ones):
Sunrise calendar app
theScore sports app
Do not disturb mode
Unroll.me

Publish Mindfully:
Path – for your closest friends

Use themes:
Maddie the dog on Instagram
Will Sasso on Vine
FAKEGRIMLOCK

Consume mindfully:
Twitter lists
Facebook acquaintances
Facebook interest lists

Thanks again to everyone at Social Media Camp. We had a blast!

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