Have you ever had the feeling that you were late in realizing something, or just late getting somewhere? What about feeling like you were late to the party? Well, that’s how I’ve felt as I’ve discovered a few new apps, books, and sites around the internet. Like I was late in finding them – and now I’m wondering how I lived without them! Here are just a few of the fun things I’ve been enjoying lately!
Zite. From its description, Zite is a personalized magazine for your iPhone or TouchPad. Zite works by taking a look at what you Tweet about, as well as blogs in your Google Reader, and along with your own selections regarding topics that interests you, pulls together a great magazine for you to read while on-the-go. The articles in my Zite run the gamut from the NYTimes, to department of health releases, to blogs, graphs, and beyond. The fun part: the more you use Zite, the more it gets to know you, and the more personalized your articles become. If you follow me on Twitter, you've probably noticed me Tweeting articles that I've found through Zite - and those articles are also ones I "like" in Zite, helping the app find similar articles for future "editions." Zite updates hourly, so you'll have an ever-changing list of articles, right at your fingertips.
The Hunger Games. I've been hearing about The Hunger Games trilogy all over blogs and in real life for several months now, but didn't pick it up and read it until after I saw the movie trailer at the end of December. The length of time it took me to pick up the first book and read it surprised almost everyone I know, because The Hunger Games trilogy falls within the realm of books I like to read: it has a sci-fi/fantasy element, lots of suspense, and definitely kept me turning the page. I was impressed when I finished the first book, and immediately ordered books two and three on Amazon. It took me 12 hours to read the entire trilogy, and the author definitely left me wanting more at the end.
Pinterest. Surprisingly, I was an early adopter of Pinterest, but when I first got access to it, I had trouble understanding the point of it. Was I just supposed to pin stuff to boards? What was the purpose? It wasn’t until recently where I sat down and really explored Pinterest that I started to get the hang of it. I've found recipes, crafts, and fun photographs by simply exploring the "recently pinned" section of Pinterest. I've even had a few of my own pins "repinned" by others - mostly recipes, but yummy ones for sure! Now that I "get" Pinterest, I'm definitely using it to my advantage - and finding more and more uses for it every day.
Even though some of these things have been around for a while, and I’ve been using one for a few months now, I feel like I’ve just discovered what everyone else already knew – how awesome they are. For now, I am going to keep exploring Zite, eagerly await the Hunger Games movies, and enjoy Pinning!
What about you – what are you into lately?