We’re all busy people. And while many of us would probably love to just curl up in front of our computer to manage our blogs, websites, or brands…we have things to do and people to see.
But with your iPhone, you can actually maximize your time away from the computer. I’ve compiled a list of apps perfect for creating and sharing content on the go.
Instagram. For the low, low price of free, Instagram lets you snap quick pictures and alter them with an array of filters. From there, you can post these pictures to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or your Tumblr account. Your fans will enjoy following your Instagram stream.
Hipstamatic. While this app will set you back a cool $1.99 (and then additional increments of $.99 for more lenses and film), Hipstamatic is worth every cent. The variety of film, lenses, and flashes lets you create different styles of pictures. Think of it as Instagram’s cool older brother. You can post easily to Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or Tumblr.
Camera+. My favorite app for taking pictures is Camera+. This app (currently on sale for $.99, but normally $1.99) gives you filters, but also a stabilizer, grid to line up your pictures, and even a rapid burst option to take a series of photos. You can take a ton of pictures, edit them immediately or later, and then upload to Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr.
Viddy. Heralded as the “Instagram of video,” the free app Viddy is a great way to shoot short videos, glam them up, and share them. While the pre-loaded video camera in the standard camera app takes decent video, there’s no good way to share it from your phone. Viddy lets you post it to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, a blog, e-mail, or a personal Viddy.com account.
UStream. Made popular by celebrities, big name brands, and even the United Nations, UStream is becoming a common way to instantly share video. So while you can use it to broadcast a special event or spontaneous video blog, you can also use it to share funny office happenings. Like Viddy, it’s also free.
TweetDeck. Managing personal and professional Twitter accounts can get complicated. Luckily, the free app TweetDeck is here to organize all your accounts in one place. Besides all major Twitter functions, you can also sync up your Facebook and easily add photos. Like Twitter.com, you can create special lists to follow in a single column.
HootSuite. Need to deal with Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare while also being able to gather data? Then HootSuite (which is also free) is for you. You can actually manage your Facebook fan page from this app and get real-time stats on your tweets. If you’re going to be away from your computer and your phone, you can schedule tweets to post whenever you’d like.
iTalk Recorder. Whether you want to create a quick voice memo, or get a head start on your next podcast, the iTalk Recorder will help you do that. The free version allows you to record minutes (or hours!) of audio and e-mail it directly to yourself or others. Shelling out $1.99 for the premium version lets the app run in the background and gives you access to Dropbox.
Documents to Go. Editing blog posts on the go has never been easier. Documents to Go is fully compatible with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, and even lets you create documents and spreadsheets. The $9.99 price tag is a little steep, but definitely worth it. Copy and paste function helps when moving between apps.
Tumblr, WordPress, and Blogger. I title these apps as urgent because they are poorly reviewed across the board. Tumblr is nearly impossible to search through, WordPress is clunky, and Blogger doesn’t currently have any kind of formatting features. But hey, at least they’re all free. And if you manage a personal blog or really need to post an urgent update, these apps will definitely get the job done.
But there you have it: For less than 20 bucks you can have an arsenal of content creation apps at your fingertips. And while you could take photos and clean those up on your PC or Mac, your followers would probably enjoy some real-time pictures sent out via your social networking manager apps.
Have you tried any of these iPhone apps for business or personal use? Did we miss any must-haves?