Lesson #1: Online Applications for Luddites

So, first lesson learned this week: Celine knows about even fewer software applications than she thought. After one meeting with my freelance internship supervisor, I signed up for three new accounts: Trello, MailChimp, Dropbox.

Maybe this’ll sound like hyperbole; however, for the girl whose Twitter account was created only for class and who still eyes Instagram with suspicion, this was mildly intimidating. So for you Luddites like myself, here’s the lowdown on these applications:

Trello: Marketed as a virtual whiteboard, Trello reminds me a little bit of GoogleDocs where you can delegate tasks to members of your “board” by using virtual index cards, adding extra notes, pictures, hyperlinks along the way. (You can shuffle these cards around as needed.) My supervisor has set up two boards for me: an intern to-do list and an intern-done list. I just move the card when I finish the task. Thus far, I’m finding it very helpful.

MailChimp: MailChimp is an application typically used of larger companies and is a way to send out mass emails (created according to your template) automatically. For my freelance internship, we’re using this for one of our clients for their email campaigns. I haven’t gotten a chance to use it yet, so I’ll have to post on this again sometime soon.

Dropbox: This was the only piece of software I had heard about before this past week, and considering most of us are pretty paranoid about losing our work, Dropbox is incredibly helpful. Essentially, the application syncs to your computer, and the documents you store in that file are then automatically stored in the cloud. My supervisor had me set this one up so that we could easily share documents, similar to as if we were using GoogleDocs. So far, I really like it.

Lesson learned: There are so many good (and free!) applications available on the Internet; it’s just a matter of finding them. However, as I’m finding out, juggling that many passwords and that many websites to visit each day can become cumbersome. As always, it seems that moderation is the key.

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