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For every social media platform out there, there are ten more Smartphone applications that are geared to help make your social media experience run more smoothly. Finding the few that will actually help you amongst the many that clog our digital world can be a daunting task. Here are three fun and simple apps that will help set your social media presence above the rest!

1. Whitagram
You’ve captured the perfect moment with your smart phone and are ready to share it with the world via Instagram. One problem: Instagram’s photo dimensions won’t allow you to include the whole photo. We’ve all been here before. For the professional Instagram photographer, positioning yourself back far enough when taking a photo so it fits Instagram’s dimensions is second nature. For the rest of the world, it is not. This is whereWhitagram comes in handy. Whitagram allows you to upload full sized photos to Instagram with the option to add color backgrounds.


Step 1:
 Open up the app and click the “add photo” button on the bottom left of the screen. You can choose to take a photo, choose an already existing photo or use the Camera+ app, which is an app used for taking photos.

 

Step 2: After you’ve taken a photo or chosen an existing one from your library, Whitagram will put the full photo onto the screen. You now have the option to upload the photo as is to Instagram using the “to Instagram” button on the bottom right, or edit it using the “edit photo” button to the left.

Step 3: If you choose to edit your photo, the app will give you various editing options including the brightness and background color. Adjust the brightness to your liking, and if you are feeling creative, choose a background color other than white.

Step 4: You are now ready to add your full photo to Instagram by clicking the “to Instagram” button. You will be given image resolution options, so pick the one that best suits your needs. After this, a pop up saying “Open in Instagram” will come up which you will click.

Step 5: The photo will open up in Instagram’s editing section, and you are free to proceed with editing and sharing with your friends!

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2. Pic Stitch
There is nothing more annoying than a person who tweets constantly over a short period of time. This also applies to sharing photos on Twitter or Instagram. Unfortunately, no one cares or wants to see your countless vacation or family reunion photos clogging up their feeds. If you can never seem to pick just one photo to upload on Instagram or tweet out, then Pic Stitch is the app for you. Pic Stitch allows you to combine multiple photos, creating an easy collage to put out on social media.

Step 1: After opening up the app, Pic Stitch will give you countless collage layouts to pick from, ranging from a one-photo option to a six-photo option. Choose the one you want depending on how many photos you have.

Step 2: Once you’ve selected a collage layout that fits your needs, it will come up empty on the full screen. Double tap an individual section and you will be given the option to insert a photo from your phone’s album, Facebook, Dropbox, or you may take a photo right then and there.

Step 3: When you choose a picture you want to use, it will bring you to their editing section where you can enhance, crop, and add other fun effects to the photo. After editing, it will place the photo into the section you double tapped on. Do this for the remaining empty sections until your collage is complete.

Step4: You are now ready to share your photo with the social media world! Click the “Export” button on the bottom right hand corner of the screen. This will give you many places to export your photo to, such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and your phone’s Photo Album.

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3. Bitly
Every tweeter knows that making all 140 characters count is crucial, especially for drawing your followers to your website or a particular blog post. However, there is no room for characters to be wasted on long obnoxious URLs. This is where Bitly saves the day. Bitly allows you to take any URL and shorten it, saving you countless Twitter characters, and also allows you to track exactly how many people have clicked on it.

Step 1: Open up the Bitly app and register, or sign in if you already have an account. Note that Bitly can also be accessed on a computer, and if you have used Bitly for other links, they will appear in a feed. On the top right corner there will be a “+” button. Click this.

Step 2: The app will bring you to a page where you will enter the URL. Type or paste your desired URL into the space provided and then click the “Next” button on the top right corner.

Step 3: You will now have the option to either make your Bitly link public or private. Links that are made public will appear in your Bitly profile and can be seen by everyone. Links that are made private will not appear in your Bitly profile and can only be seen by you. Making a link public or private will not have an effect on how you share the link via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or any other social media platform.

Step 4: Once you have chosen to have your link public or private by clicking on the “lock” button, go to the top right corner and click the “save” button.

Step 5: Your shortened Bitly link has been created! You now have the option to customize the link by clicking the “customize” button at the bottom of the screen or you can keep it as is. By clicking the “share” button, the app will post the link to Twitter for you, or send it to you in an email or message. The option to copy the link is also given to you, which allows you to manually paste the link into a tweet or anywhere else. Click the “done” button in the top right corner when you are finished.

Step 6: After spreading your shortened link around, be sure to check on its stats! Go back into the Bitly app and you will find your link in the feed. When you click on the individual link, the app will bring you to its profile. Here you can see how many times it has been clicked via your link, how many times other people have saved and shortened the link, and how many times the link has been clicked around the world. If you are using Bitly through a computer you can access your links stats through the “view stats” button. The computer version will give you a more in depth look as to where your clicks are coming from and when they are happening.

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These three apps, and many more, are only meant to help make your social media experience easier. When choosing an app, always have the “Bread & Butter” rule of thumb in mind: the social media platform is the bread, or the base, and the app is the butter, the add-on that makes the bread that much tastier. Don’t be afraid to try new things within social media, but never take on an app that is going to make things harder for you.

By: Ryan Huff