Over the past few years I have had many people ask me what mobile apps I find most useful for public diplomacy work. In response to these requests, I decided to create a PDF which I now release annually. Fresh off the press, here’s my 2016 Mobile Apps for Public Diplomacy List (these app are also listed below).
If anyone has great mobile apps they use for public diplomacy work, please feel free to comment on this post to share your favorite apps!
Please note that views are my own, I’m not officially endorsing these apps. They are simply the apps I find most useful in my work. Some are free while others may have a cost to download. Enjoy!
★ Slack – All your team communication in one place, instantly searchable, available wherever you go.
★ Google Apps – Docs, Slides, Sheets, Drive, Hangout, and Authenticator.
★ ToDoist – A task keeping app, lists automatically sync across multiple devices.
★ Evernote – Gets you effortlessly organized with notes that sync between all your devices.
★ Circa – Know when you can connect and quickly create meeting invitations that work for everyone globally.
★ IF – If this then that, from posting to turning on lights you can automate everything connected to the internet of things.
★ Basecamp 2 – project management and collaboration tool.
★ Scannable – Scan business cards, receipts, and documents. Quick scans, ready to export to PDF or JPG.
★ Speek – Free conference line, notifies you when users join the call and provide analytics on participation in the call.
★ Prezi – Great for animating presentations.
★ Nuzzle – Connect your social media to see the top news stories shared by your friends.
★ Flipboard – Allows creation of magazine style news feeds to quickly read articles.
★ BBC News – World news articles and audio, with breaking news notifications.
★ Wildcard – news and entertainment broken down into easy, understandable experience.
★ Castro – Podcast aggregator. Great for BBC World News or State Dept. Press Briefings.
★ VSCO Cam – Great new filter app, it even lets you share to Weibo.
★ Over – Add typography to your images for social media.
★ ReTouch – Quickly retouch photos and remove objects.
★ Flickr – Share and filter event photos to your program’s account.
★ 645 Pro MK II – For serious amateur mobile phone photographers.
★ Periscope – broadcast live video to the world.
★ Cameo – Shoot, edit and share beautiful short films in minutes.
★ Vine – Create fun looping videos for social media.
★ Time Lapse – Generate time lapse videos of your events to share on social media.
★ Spotify – Provides instant access to millions of songs for free.
★ Pandora – Listen to a free personalized radio. Great for event background music.
★ Mention – Monitor all social media and the internet by keyword.
★ Hootsuite – Track and schedule social media posts across a multitude of platforms.
★ Pages – Update and engage with your Facebook page followers.
★ Facebook – Keep up with friends, groups, and pages.
★ Twitter – Follow realtime stories, pictures, videos, conversations, etc. Digital Diplomats unite!
★ Instagram – Capture, filter, and share photos.
★ LinkedIn – Connect and grow your networks.
★ Pinterest – Collect images of things you love, organize and plan important projects, and more.
★ YouTube – Upload or watch videos on everything and anything.
★ Snapchat – Life’s more fun when you live in the moment :) Happy Snapping!
★ Google+ – Join a Hangout, post a photo, or see what others are sharing while you’re on the go.
★ Rooms – Pick a topic, customize the look and feel, choose a different nickname for each room you’re in and share your room with others.
★ Medium – A hot new alternative blogging platform.
★ Twitshot – automatically extract images from links and attach them to your tweets.
★ Bit.ly – Shorten links on the go for social media and tracking.
★ Coursera – Official app with 100’s of courses. Integrated with push capability for Apple TV.
★ Udemy – Participate in a MOOC across multiple platforms.
★ Skillshare – Get instant access to hundreds of online classes. Learn through short video lessons from the world’s best teachers.
★ Duolingo – Practice multiple languages on the go and compete with friends!★ Codecademy – Interested in learning about code? Try out this gamified app which was developed for ‘Hour of Code’.
★ Credly – The universal way to recognize, share and celebrate achievement in any setting.
★ XE Currency – One of the best and most used currency converters on the web.
★ iTranslate – Translate from one language to another in real time! 21 languages available.
★ Hopper – Analyzes billions of flight prices daily to predict how prices will change, and tells you when to buy your tickets.
★ Word Lens – Augmented reality translation. Hold your device up and the app translates in real time.
★ Point it – Don’t know a word in a foreign language, just point at this picture book of things.
★ Dark Sky – Uses state of-the-art technology to predict when it will rain or snow — down to the minute — at your exact location.
★ Adobe Capture – A simple way to capture inspiring colors, vector shapes, brushes, and more.
★ Board – Users can effortlessly layout mood boards, or collage and illustrate with a series of photos, images, sketches and annotations.
★ Makr – A universal creativity app that makes designing + printing totally custom products easy, fast and fun.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."