1. Tell us about yourself – where you live, your job, things you like to do.
I live in Boulder, Colorado and love it! Professionally, I work with Kapost, an online startup that helps publishers/blogs manage multiple contributors and the entire content production and editing lifecycle. I’m their Director of Marketing and Sales. I’m also a blogger with a food blog, Grace(full) Plate and personal blog that covers the 20-something journey called Small Hands, Big Ideas.
I love traveling, people watching, artisan cheese, red wine, blogging, reading, new media, laughter and these beautiful Rocky Mountains I live, hike, snowboard and play in.
2. Which Android device or devices do you own? Why did you choose Android? How do you customize your device?
I have the Droid Incredible. When I got it, Verizon wasn’t with iPhone yet so I stuck with Verizon and got the Incredible. To be honest, I’m an Apple gal but I am mostly satisfied with the Droid and plan to switch to iPhone when my contract is up.
3. Do you root or not? If you root, why?
I have not “rooted” yet. Mostly because I was a bit daunted at first, then wasn’t sure what would happen. Now that I’ve read about it, (Lifehacker wrote a great review why you should) I probably will. Thanks for the reminder!
4. Is there a particular category of apps that interest you the most?
Food and photographic apps. I love food! My life revolves around it. I also love to capture everything around me as I’m a social person with an artistic love of photography and the story it tells. I’m always on the hunt for food and photo apps!
5. What are your top 3-5 apps and why?
Foodspotting: I love to capture the dish that I’m eating, then share it on Facebook and Twitter to my friends. It gives me street cred. I also think the community management from that company is solid. They’ve invited me to food-centric events and are always in touch. Of many food apps, they’re available for iPhone, Droid and even beta Blackberry. I appreciate that they include everyone. When I’m traveling, I can pop into my Foodspotting app and visually, by dish, find the best food and restaurants around me by geo-location. I also wrote a Foodspotting review here on Appolicious.
HootSuite – I work in social media and as a blogger, tweeting is synonymous with my life. HootSuite lets me run multiple accounts (free version) all in one place and I think it catches the @replies most efficiently. I use this everyday!
Foursquare – Foursquare is a lot about tying together your street cred, finding people around you and I actually love the tips from other Foursquare users. This is great for traveling and once, I checked into a restaurant and Foursquare told me my friend was there as well. I would have never known since she was sitting in another area. It ties people together, so I love that.
Camera Effects – This is a solid Android photo enhancer effects application. I like that it shares to all social networks directly and has many filters to create a funky, bright or exotic looking photograph. It can transform your photos in one click.
6. What apps are popular among your colleagues and friends?
Instagram (for iPhone only right now), Foursquare, Facebook and Angry Birds. My generation (Gen Y) loves social sharing and crowdsourcing for opinions and ideas.
7. Give an example of a time an app was truly useful to you.
Google Maps has saved me many a time. It’s one thing if you’re in a car, someone might have a GPS but once I was in Denver (about 35 minutes from Boulder) and supposed to meet my cousin for dinner. I was completely lost and running late already. I typed in the address, followed the easy interface and arrow and even turned up the volume as it verbally guided me to my destination. I love finding my way with Google Maps and it ensures I show up on time and in the right place, for many business meetings too.
8. What other AndroidApps.com member do you admire the most and why?
I follow Elysa Rice closely. She’s up-to-date on gadgets, technology and applications and is quick to review them. Doniree Walker introduced me to AndroidApps.com so I love following what she has to say, especially because I’m here because of her.
8. Do you have a blog, Twitter, Facebook etc. URLs you’d like to share?
Sure! I’m @gracekboyle and anything food is @gracefullplate. Blogs are: smallhandsbigideas.com and gracefullplate.com.
9. Anything else you’d like to share with the Appolicious audience?
Thanks for having me! I think it’s important to evolve, try new apps and remember that yes, there’s an app for that 🙂