The widespread adoption of social media in the past decade has brought drastic change to the very concept of human interaction – both personally and professionally. Apart from the heavy hitters like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, there are a myriad of lesser-known social platforms aiming to provide a whole new level of convenience and innovation.
At this point in time, there is really no competing with the big, general social networking sites. Creating the next Facebook is extremely unrealistic. That being said, a lot of the lesser-known apps are geared towards targeted groups or specific issues. Here are four you may not have heard of.
Nextdoor is where the old fashioned neighborhood watch meets technology. Based on your GPS location, you are able to join a private social network and stay updated on everything happening in the area. You are able to ask questions or address issues and your neighbors can chime in as they please.
For instance, if theft occurred on (or near) your property. You can post a message on the board with any updates and warn others to be cautious.
From borrowing a cup of flower to asking your neighbors to keep an eye on the house while you’re out of town, Nextdoor is a fantastic way to get to know the people living in your area without having to host a block party.
Social media is a visual arena. The creators of Laleoo recognized this and formed a social network in which users can capture and share their experiences with minimal effort.
First of all, one of the best features of this app is that once you link your camera to it, everything you capture is automatically stored on the cloud server so you don’t have to use up precious memory on your phone.
Within the app, you choose a title for your activity and select a group of friends of whom can interact with your posts throughout a chosen duration.
Once you have taken a picture or video, it can be shared automatically to the group in real-time. From here, the recipients of your choice are able to respond and add to the post with their own experiences. In turn, creating a single, collective “moment.”
Laleoo takes the concept of capturing live experiences to the next level by making the entire process easy, quick, and group-oriented.
Since Snapchat took the world by storm in 2011, the idea of “self-destructing” messages has become immensely popular. Pronto! takes this genre of messaging apps and plays to the shortcomings of Snapchat in many ways.
Second, if you accidentally send a message to the wrong person or need to delete it for any reason, Pronto! is built with a function that allows you to recall anything with a single tap.
Finally, one of the most common fears of using Snapchat is that the recipient always has the option to screenshot anything you send. Thus, the very purpose of a self-destructing message is lost. Luckily, this app is equipped with a “screenshot protection” function so you can be 100% sure your messages will cease to exist on the recipient’s phone after the chosen amount of time is up.
While many social networking sites are aimed at creating new ways to connect with other people, NocNocK dives into the very concept of communication itself and how exactly it can be used to strengthen relationships.
This tool allows you to profile individual personalities and glean insights as to the best possible approaches to forming meaningful connections.
The app lives and breathes by the philosophy that once you understand someone and how their brain functions, you are in a much better position to match their characteristics.
Using the trait theory of personality, NocNocK is designed to help workplaces function more smoothly and provide an avenue to get everyone on the same page.
With intuitive surveys, business owners and managers can efficiently gauge and compare the behavioral traits each worker exhibits. From here, they can develop an internal business model that suits everyone’s needs.
NocNocK doesn’t so much work to connect users within online atmospheres, it helps people learn how they can build stronger person-to-person communities.
Looking beyond the social media giants that currently hold a monopoly over the internet, there is a world of innovation to be had in terms of streamlining the ways in which we interact. It seems like there is a constant flow of new apps trying to become the next big thing. Each one is aimed at satisfying a certain niche or solving a specific problem with the status quo. Whether you take a personal or professional angle, do check out what these four apps can do to make your life easier.
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