You wake up. You grab your phone. What’s the first app you open?
This sounds like a silly question — or worse, an insulting one.1 But I find it’s a rather enlightening question. Depending on when the question is asked, the answer can either be telling about the current state of apps or the current state of you.
Personally, right now, the first app I open in the morning is Twitter. But it hasn’t always been. A year ago, that app was Path. A year before that, that app was Instagram. Before that, it was probably Twitter again. Or Foursquare. Or Techmeme (technically, the web browser). At some point it was Facebook. And way back when it was probably — shudder — email.
December 31, the day of a billion lists. Best of. Recaps. Predictions. Resolutions. Rather than subject you to any of those, I thought I’d use the day to answer a question I get asked quite often: what apps do I actually use?
By “apps” here, I mean mobile and tablet apps. There are obviously still a number of web/desktop apps I use regularly, but mobile/tablet has all but taken over my life and basically all the services I use regularly now have apps.
I plan to do such a recap every year going forward. I think it will be interesting to see how my own usage of apps changes over time and whether that mirrors any larger industry trends or whether I’m a strange outlier.
Hopefully so as not to just rush a shitty paint job out the door (as many have).