ideas, innovations and apps for social work in the age of smartphones and social media 

Must-have Apps to get your social work job done

Photo courtesy of Ed Yourdon (via Creative Commons)

Photo courtesy of Ed Yourdon (via Creative Commons)

At Mobile Social Work you can find a lot of information about the use of your smartphone in the work with clients. Just have a look at the app section to check out all the great apps to support your clients. Maybe it is a good time to have a look at some apps that support the social worker in doing his/her job. If you are a fan of smartphones why not use the device to make my job a little bit easier. A good inspiration for useful apps can be found in the post 7 Must-Have (Free) Mobile Apps to do Your Job Better by Ryan Holmes, CEO at Hootsuite. Three of the seven apps I use myself: Evernote, Dropbox and Hootsuite. I agree with Ryan that they are „must-haves“. I don’t know how I could do my job without these ones.

Hootsuite – it’s Ryan’s Company, no surprise he likes it – comes real handy as a social media manager. If you have to manage several social media accounts you should try it. It has not the most convenient user interface, but quiet useful functions. It’s worth spending some time to figure it out.

Evernote and  Dropbox are both great because of their synchronising functions. As they both feature a lot of possibilities to store „stuff“ I sometimes get a little lost because I can’t remember in which system I stored what I’m looking for. As Evernote has a good search functionality that’s not a big problem.

Ryan mentions in his post four more apps that I don’t know but will give a try … a least one of them: Brewster seems to be a good idea and I will check it out. Ryan describes it as follows:

Brewster: Instant Rolodex – Between Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn – not to mention your email client – you likely have hundreds, if not thousands, of colleagues and customers you interact with. Brewster is a handy mobile app that pulls in contact info and other details from all of those platforms and creates eye-catching, in-depth profiles for each and every person. Using a “relationship algorithm,” the app automatically sorts contacts into “favorites,” “trending” and other lists, and even sends out gentle reminders when you’re falling out of touch with someone. Another benefit: Brewster is fully searchable – not just by name, but keyword, location and even photo.

Seems like a great idea. I’m a little insecure about giving all the data to them.  But I’ll give it test ride.

The other three apps Ryan mentions are:

Here on Biz – an app to see which od your contacts are near you. Good for e.a. a conference.

Trello – a task manager. I don’t use an extra task manager. I use my agenda for this.

UberConference – an app to organise conference calls. I use Doodle for this.

Pease visit his post for the short reviews of these apps.

What are your favourite helpers on your smartphone to get your social work job done? Please share them in the comments!


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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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