Catching up on what’s new in show business can seem overwhelming. There are many sites with new content popping up faster than anyone can read. Luckily there are some apps that can help sort through that and cut down the search time. There are plenty, but let’s start with a few of my favorite ones:
Feedly is an RSS reader that collects newest articles from websites you select to follow and it even recommends you similar websites to follow. You can also save YouTube videos there and watch them on the go.
You can register in a couple of ways, either with an e-mail address or with accounts on Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft or Evernote.
A great thing about Feedly also is that it’s integrated with various apps and social media sites, which makes sharing discovered content very easy.
This useful app is going to make reading articles your favorite thing again. You see, when you read articles, you get distracted by banners and overwhelmed by the number of other articles.
Pocket strips all saved articles to bare text, which makes reading distraction-free and easy to focus on.
Pocket is available for desktop, tablets, and mobile. Saved articles you can read anywhere, even when you are offline.
Create a special list for all the show business accounts you want to follow. If you want to learn more about using Twitter list, check out my previous article. My recommended lists you can find on @SMforActors.
Now one thing is to know about these apps and other is creating a system of using them that works for you best. This is going to be individual for every person.
TIP: What I like to do is that I use Feedly to discover articles. I scan them in the app, but if I want to read them, I save them to Pocket and read them on my phone. Why? I get easily distracted on my laptop, but I’m able to read undistracted on my phone for some reason.
One of the best things about using these apps is that they are connected and you can set up processes to make them work for you, so you can cut down on your research time.
Wanna learn how to do that? I’ve written an entire chapter about this in my e-book Social Media for Actors on SMFA-U.
Let the community know if you are using any cool apps they should know about in the comments below.