The iPhone has been around for a couple years now and since it was born, its role in social media has been steadily climbing. When it first came out, it was seen as a luxury and as the newest fun toy. I’m not one of those people that must always have the newest technology and will spend any amount of money to get it. In fact, I was one of the last of my friends to get an iPod and I still use the same one—one of the old nanos. Recently, mostly since I began my job at Meredith, I feel the need, and sometimes actual pressure, to get an iPhone.
This started because I went to a meeting where they were discussing an app they wanted to create. Suddenly, I felt lost and behind because I had no idea how to contribute. I don’t know anything about apps or how an iPhone functions. I didn’t even know there were so many apps available. So I started asking around and learned that an iPhone is basically the world at your fingertips.
The Internet is obviously a plus and, unlike other types of phones, it looks and functions like the Internet on a computer. I find this to be extremely useful since I could easily update Facebook, Twitter, and my blog any time, anywhere. And isn’t that the point of all this social media talk at school? Aren’t we supposed to be constantly paying attention to that world? I would be so much more inclined to participate if it was that easy.
I was looking at iPhone stuff on time.com and they have multiple lists of the best kinds of apps—Top iPhone Applications, 20 Money-Saving iPhone Apps, Ten Best iPhone Apps for Dads and Moms, Top 10 Back-To-School iPhone Apps. There are so many options I wouldn’t even know where to begin. But I do know that, especially in New York City where the world spins a mile a minute, having an iPhone is a necessity. Do you guys feel this way too? For those of you who have iPhones, does it make a difference?