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After making rather drastic changes to its API and app policies, Twitter became a lot more about and a lot less about the many apps that helped it get popular in the first place. It’s still a perfectly great network, and still provides a quite nice interface if it’s the only way to use the service. But the changes have been enough to set off a tidal wave of new social networking ideas.

In the weeks since then, we’ve seen the new paid social network take off, with dozens of high-quality apps and tools released already for the new network. We’ve also seen the new social networking platform launched, which aims to make it as easy to run your own Twitter-style network as running a WordPress blog. Then, there’s plenty of older competitors, from to that are getting more interest now that everyone’s scared the Twitter we love and know is going to disappear.

That’s why we’re wondering: have you started using another Twitter-like service? Do you plan to switch completely, or are you using it alongside Twitter? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Social networks and business collaboration apps have tried their best to reduce our dependence on email, but email seems to be with us to stay. And for good reason: it works good, for the most part, and you can email someone even if they’re on a different email service than your own. You sure can’t say that for social networks.

Sending bulk emails is a big part of digital marketing. Many have found that email newsletters help you sell new products and keep customers coming back better than almost any other form of marketing. With great email newsletter apps like MailChimp, TinyLetter, Campaign Monitor, Sendy, and more, it’s easier than ever to start sending your own email newsletter.

So, do you use a bulk email app, or do you never need to send out emails in bulk? What’s your favorite way to email tons of people at once? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Dropbox may be the leading file sync and sharing app, but it sure has a lot of competition. Google’s upended the whole way Google Docs works to turn it into Google Drive, and Apple’s built iCloud deep into the latest versions iOS and OS X. Even Microsoft has a rather good file syncing service, Skydrive, and then there’s dozens of other apps from smaller companies:, Jungle Disk, SpiderOak, Ubuntu One, and more.

No matter how many file sync apps I try, though, I’ve always continued using Dropbox. It’s consistently the fastest, least resource intensive, and works the way I want. I use it to share files with friends, family, and coworkers, not to mention saving and syncing my own files to all the devices I use. I do use Google Drive and iCloud for some stuff, but Dropbox is what I rely on to keep my digital life in sync, and it’s easily the most important app I use (outside of Safari, perhaps). In fact, I can’t imagine living without it.

How about you? Do you still use Dropbox, or has another service attracted you instead?

Nowadays, it’s quite easy to launch a full-featured site without having to do much with code, thanks to the many advanced content management systems that you can use. You can launch a site in seconds on a hosted CMS or blog platform like or Tumblr, or you could make your own self-hosted site with the CMS of your choice with not much more trouble.

My first site, Techinch, started life a blog, but once it started getting some traction I moved it to a self-hosted WordPress install. 2 hosts and 3 major theme redesigns later, I’m now moving it to Kirby, an incredibly nice self-hosted plain-text powered CMS. Along the way, I’ve tried out more hosted and self-hosted blog platforms than I can even remember.

Moving a site to a new CMS can be a tedious process at best, but if you love trying out new web apps, you’ve surely gotten the itch to try out other CMSes. That’s why I was wondering if you’ve ever moved your site to a new CMS. Perhaps you’ve moved from one hosted platform like Tumblr to your own self-hosted WordPress, or perhaps you’ve taken a bigger leap and built your own CMS. We’d love to hear how you’ve moved your site around over the years in the comments below!

Facebook may be the world’s most popular social network, but it’s sure not universally loved. You can go anywhere and see people using it on everything from ancient XP desktops in IE6 to iPhones and Android smartphones, and odds are you’re a member of it right now. But then, it’s also likely not the app you’d think of first when you think of beautifully designed apps you love to use. We use Facebook because everyone else does, and after all, it takes a village to make a social network actually social.

Every time something changes on Facebook, you hear people complaining that this is the last straw and that they’re planning to leave Facebook for good. Then, weeks later, you get an email that the person you heard complaining just tagged you in a picture. On Facebook. My fiancé and I have joked many times about leaving Facebook, even though we started dating though it. And of course, we’re still on it.

Facebook’s taken over casual emails, and has wisked away the chat market from IM and Yahoo! Messenger, but even at that, it’s hardly the only game in town. We all could cancel Facebook if we really wanted to.

That’s the question: do we really want to?

Have you canceled your Facebook account, or do you still enjoy using the world’s largest social network? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Wunderlist might be one of the best examples of a viral app, ever. Little over 3 months after launching, the 6Wunderkinder team had released native apps for most platforms as well as a beautiful web app, and over 1 million people had started using Wunderlist to keep track of their to-dos and more. Before we started using Basecamp, many of our editors here at AppStorm used shared Wunderlists to keep track of what writers were working on. It was simple, but still worked great.

Wunderlist was only supposed to be a taste of the awesomeness of Wunderkit, the more advanced app from the 6Wunderkinder team that was released in beta earlier this year. It let you keep track of teams, see what others were working on in a social network-type interface, write notes, and of course keep up with task lists. Even in beta, it was widely praised, even here at AppStorm, and many on our team started using it individually.

This past week, the 6Wunderkinder team decided to shift their focus back to their original success, Wunderlist, and shut down Wunderkit. It was a surprising move, but then, Wunderlist still seemed to be the more popular and focused product of the two. Still, though, it made us wonder how many people had started relying on Wunderkit. Are you actively using it, and did this announcement affect your workflow?

Email is the oldest form of communication on the internet, and the one that’ll likely stick around forever (or for a very long time to come). It’s great for sending quick messages that can be read at anytime later, unlike chat that needs both people online at the same time. It may not be the very best collaboration system, but it’s one of the few ways you can guarantee you can communicate from any device or browser, anywhere.

Nowadays, though, it seems like we’re getting more automated emails than real emails from people. Marketing emails and tips on using apps we’ve registered get overwhelming enough, but if you’re a heavy user of Facebook, Twitter, Basecamp, and countless dozens of other web apps, you likely get more emails from apps than from people or marketers. Sure, you can sort through your preferences and trim down the emails you get, but that can be time consuming. You could even use apps to clean up your email subscriptions, but that can be a lot of trouble, too.

Then, some people prefer to manage their web apps through email, so they can reply to comments and see new info without touching their browser. Where do you stand? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Paying for content online continues to be a contentious issue. Online publications need to make money to keep servers running and writers fed, but readers are so used to getting news online for free, it’s hard to fund journalism online. From the New York Times to sites like AppStorm, we all have to find ways to make money while still providing value for our readers.

Back in the day, many of us would have purchased a paper subscription, and then would have had to deal with getting rid of hundreds of pounds of paper each year. Then, along came the internet, and we swapped a paper subscription for a net connection and free news sites. Publishers were more than happy to oblige, making money from ads online and print subscriptions.

The ad equation worked out fine for some online-only publications, but for larger organizations, there was no way to, say, pay to send journalists to Afghanistan on ads alone. The past year has seen more sites start to work behind a paywall, making it necessary to buy a subscription to read articles. Most, including the New York Times, give you a certain number of free articles, but then you’ll have to pay to keep reading.

That’s why we’re wondering: have you ever paid for a news site? Have you bought an online newspaper subscription, or perhaps paid for an indie tech blog membership?

For years, decades even, Microsoft Office has been the mainstay of the business world. Everyone from college students to CEOs had to use Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and more to create and edit essential files for their daily lives. Office helped cement the Windows PC’s place in the computing world, made it tough to use Linux for normal business and education work, and made Apple desperate to make sure Office for Mac would continue to be developed in the late ’90’s.

There’s so many alternates to Microsoft Office nowadays, though, and so many devices it can’t run on, that it’s hardly the giant in the room it used to be. Sure, it’s still an essential part of many people’s computing lives, but many of us have learned we can get by without it. Google Docs and even Microsoft’s own web apps made collaborating in the cloud simpler, something that’s far more important today than sharing printable files. Then, Android and iOS tablets can’t even run Office, giving many of us reasons to question our dependence on Microsoft.

Have office web apps helped you cut your dependence on Microsoft Office, or do you still install the Office suite as soon as you get a new computer? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

It seems strange today to use a computer without an internet connection. In the days of dial-up, it was almost unheard of to have an always-on internet connection, but today, with WiFi, cellular internet, and faster-than-ever wired connections, we spend hardly a minute of our day unplugged from the internet. Even most modern operating systems assume you’ll have an internet connection, and it’s nearly impossible to install even many native apps without an internet connection.

That makes us wonder if you could live without web apps. Could you go a day without Gmail, Google Docs, Basecamp, CloudApp, Evernote, or any of the other dozens of web apps we rely on every day? What if you let yourself use the internet to read and find info, and perhaps download and activate native apps, but didn’t let yourself use any web apps? Would that work? Paul Miller might be living without the internet entirely, but I’m not sure most of us could.

Could you?

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