Social Media

This app will track how much time you spend on social media — you might not want to know

RealizD tracks your social media time. 

RealizD tracks how much time you spend on each social media app on your phone. It helps visualize your daily screen time, while also helping set goals for how much time you want to spend on social media, games, etc. The app also shows how much data is used on what apps at one time. With such hectic schedules and deadlines, journalists need to be great at time management, so this app helps keep us accountable. Available on Apple and Android. — Daria Jenkins 

Tweetstorm app could be good, but….

Storm It is a tweetstorm app that allows users to type multiple tweets before pressing a single button to tweet them simultaneously. This app could be useful to journalists who want more characters or who need to tweet in threads. It also makes it easier to compose, manage, save and preview multiple tweets at a time so that the journalists’ information is better organized. Despite several good reviews, the app does not have many functions, and some do not work or are glitchy. Available on Itunes and Google Play. — Jessica Ferrigno


☀☀☀ 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


☀☀☀☀☀ 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, 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


☀ 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


☀☀☀☀ 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 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