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Tenor

☀☀☀ Tenor, available for the iPhone, allows its users to send GIFs in messages through their iOS devices.  Tenor is an average app; it didn’t make the list in this thorough assessment. Illustrating our conversations with trendy eye-catching graphics is fun, but no benefit to journalists. — Connor Van Siclen

Twitter Moments

☀☀☀☀☀ Twitter Moments is a tool that curates popular Twitter posts. Moments summaries provide a quick look at what’s happening. Sections such as News, Fun, Sports and Entertainment help users find what they are looking for. One celebrity news example: Kim Kardashian talks about being robbed in Paris. Users can expect political and breaking news from around the world. The best way to use this feature is through the Twitter mobile app. Overall, moments offers journalists a way to be briefed without scrolling through endless tweets. Nisa Ayral

CalendarX

☀☀☀☀☀ A constant battle: how to let your audience know when to tune in. CalendarX turns those worries into notifications. Users get a message whenever you add events CalendarX, and their calendars are updated as well. You can try it for free and use it for as little as seven dollars a month. I like the tool. So do Nike, IKEA and the NBA. Broadcast journalists can connect with their viewers on a more personal level. — Ben Jacobs   

Celly

Celly, on PCs, Android or iOS, is a mobile social media platform that groups can use privately. Create a profile, then make “cells” for group conversations. Explore and join  public cells that match your interests. Stay updated with alerts. Schedule reminders to be released in one or more cells. Connect to friends in Celly by linking your account to Facebook and Twitter. Stay in touch with business associates. The app makes it easy to network. Educators use it to help classrooms communicate.  Sarah Hunt

TweetCaster

☀ Like others, I found the latest version of TweetCaster (4.3.1) riddled with problems. (App Store customer reviews showed the rating drop.) The app description brags that you can have unlimited Twitter accounts on the app, but it wouldn’t even let me switch to a second account. Opening photos or links frequently caused the app to crash. Also, the layout has serious design flaws: I couldn’t upload a photo because the non-removable keyboard blocked my view of that button. One handy thing: you can organize your timeline by links, photos and original tweets. All in all, I would try one of these instead. — Leah Soto

Twitter Analytics

☀☀☀☀☀ Twitter Analytics not only measures your Twitter reach but helps you boost it. Explore in depth tweet activity and Twitter cards. Learn your followers’ interests and demographics. Study the use of drive clicks, app installs and retweets.  This tool is most useful on a desktop, but the mobile app allows for a quick analysis of your tweet engagement as well. Journalists could use this to find which of their tweets get the most buzz, a possible guide to more popular content. They could also use the Events tab to comment on specific happenings. Nisa Ayral

WhatsApp

☀☀☀☀ You no longer need to give up simplicity for security. WhatsApp is similar to other messaging apps, but it offers end-to-end encryption for all of your conversations; third parties (and even WhatsApp itself) can’t read or listen in. It avoids impersonation by using your personal phone number and doesn’t require a separate account like Facebook Messenger. The app has more than a billion users worldwide (only 8% are found in the U.S ). So journalists should use it to securely contact international sources. Cat Supawit

☀☀☀ WhatsApp isn’t special. Texting through WhatsApp works when you don’t have cell service and avoids long-distance charges, but what makes it different from other messaging apps? Apple’s iMessage, for example, also can send messages through Wi-Fi. Unlike WhatsApp, however, iMessage is available for iPads, Macbooks and other devices. Don’t have Apple products? Facebook Messenger, Kik, Crew and others do the same job. Aside from a lack of originality, the popular app is simple to use for anyone who has ever sent a text from a smartphone before. Leah Soto

ooVoo

☀☀☀ ooVoo is a free video chat app, similar to Skype. The computer version allows screen sharing, so users can see what you are doing on your laptop. Journalists could use this application to communicate with sources or other journalists. Unlike Periscope, ooVoo does not broadcast live. One thing unique to ooVoo: it records video chats for upload to YouTube, making it easy to share the content with others. Overall, aside from Skype’s obvious popularity, the two apps are comparable in many ways.   Nisa Ayral

Houseparty

☀☀☀☀ Houseparty is a Skype-style group video chat app, with an advantage: convenience. Houseparty tells you when your friends are “in the house” — meaning they are using the app, ready to chat. Invite friends by sending a link to the house for up to eight-way calls. Rooms can be locked for privacy or kept open so you can meet friends of friends. Issues: lagging video and dropped calls. Journalists can use the app for video meetings, or even simultaneous interviews. For more, see Mashable and The Verge. — Kyle Dowd

TweetDeck

☀☀☀☀ TweetDeck is an engaging tool for seeing your Twitter timeline in different ways. Just separate topics, accounts and mentions into columns. A sports journalist could use it to track live-tweet scores during games as well as send out scheduled Tweets. This service is a Google Chrome extension. You can download it on the Google Chrome store or access it on the TweetDeck website. You must be signed up for Twitter to use TweetDeck. — Scotty Bara