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Valentine’s Day is back again, and a very modern problem with this day is being reminded by your social media channels of past relationships that still might linger in the depths of your Facebook albums or adorable tweets.

Not everyone wants to see this kind of content, and so I was thrilled to see this message when I checked Timehop early this morning. (Timehop is one of my most-used apps of 2016, which has continued into 2017.)

I did not have to swipe up to safety and so didn’t – I’ve been with the same person since long before Timehop was even conceived. However, since it is marked as Sponsored, I’m guessing an identification of said sponsor would have been evident had I swiped up? I have checked Timehop over 200 days in a row, and I haven’t found any of their sponsored content or posts to be upsetting or obtrusive, just the way I do not find most of the content offensive on YouTube. This has even led to the channel to get real subs on YouTube. If YouTube continues to keep up with the good work, it shall be an unrivalled social media platform.

Well played, Timehop. I will see you tomorrow.Update: Timehop’s swipe up leads you to a list of life hacks to make yourself feel better if you’re lonely on Valentine’s Day. It’s too long for a screenshot from my phone, but it is very cute.

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My Top 5 Favorite Apps of 2016

by Jamie Sanford on December 22, 2016

I am surprised that I haven’t created one of these posts in the past! I’ve been an iPhone user for almost 6 years, and apps have pretty much taken over.

Here we go with my top 5 favorite apps of 2016.

1. A Color Story

A Color Story is the best photo editing app I have tried, and I have tried a LOT of photo editing apps. You can adjust curves! For anyone who uses Photoshop, you know how valuable this is in a phone app.

2. Instagram

I joined Instagram in the middle of 2011, and as of 11/30/16, I am 3 posts shy of 3,000 images posted. That’s a lot of estate sale photos. I do miss the old algorithm, because I don’t feel like I see as much as I want to anymore.

3. Hilton HHonors App

I don’t know why it took me as long as it did to start using the Hilton HHonors app. We took a lengthy road trip last Christmas and stayed in Hilton hotels all the way, racking up points along the way. The app is so easy to use that I don’t ever go on the regular website anymore to book Hilton hotels. I can’t think of a higher compliment than that.

4. Timehop

Why spend all of this time putting content on social networks if it can’t create a beautiful set of memories to look back on? Timehop is GENIUS and if you aren’t using it, you are missing out. Every morning, I check to see what I did 1 year ago, 2 years ago, etc. It is one of my  favorite apps ever.

5. Slack

Unlike most people who use Slack, this is being used in my personal life, not my professional life. I would love to start using it in my professional life, but for now, I have a lovely group of friends in a group, with multiple threads for us to talk about whatever comes to mind. I love that I can use this so easily from my phone.

Honorable mentions:

  • Whatsapp: for texting internationally, there is no better option.
  • Facebook: for all of your unneeded political opinions.
  • Wunderlist: for creating and sharing lists – the one used the most for me is Will and I’s shared grocery list.
  • Glympse: mildly creepy but you can share your GPS location with someone else. Will and I use this for when we are meeting somewhere and cannot provide updates by text due to driving etc.
  • Snapchat: good times with those filters.
  • Later: this has been great for posting Instagram content for Noritake.
  • Tumblr: for aggregating lots of content about specific things I am interested in, I haven’t found anything better.
  • Spotify: playlists, playlists, playlists.
  • Twitter: for commentary during live events I’m watching on TV, there is nothing better.

Tweet at me with your favorite apps of the year.


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