What’s on your smartphone, Craig Newmark?

Dec 20, 2010
Tech

Talk about a Craigslist! In the first edition of What’s on your smartphone? – where we ask public figures and celebrities to share with us their favorite smartphone apps – Craigslist founder Craig Newmark details the five apps he most likes to tap into on his iPad and Android devices. SeeClickFix (Free) An Android app that encourages […]

Talk about a Craigslist!

In the first edition of What’s on your smartphone? – where we ask public figures and celebrities to share with us their favorite smartphone apps – Craigslist founder Craig Newmark details the five apps he most likes to tap into on his iPad and Android devices.

SeeClickFix (Free)

An Android app that encourages residents to become citizens by participating in taking care of and improving their neighborhoods. SeeClickFix is also available for no charge on the iPhone.

Newmark: “Real eGovernment. If you see a problem, you take a picture, geotag it, and send it to the right local government people to get it fixed.”

MuniAlerts (Free)

This Android app helps San Francisco-area residents easily find bus and train schedules.

Newmark: “More real eGovernment. In San Francisco, it tells you when the next train or bus is coming. (There are also different apps available in other cities).”

Angry Birds (Free on Android, 99 cents on iPhones)

The chart-topping iPhone game that debuted on Android phones. Angry Birds HD can also be played on the iPad for $4.99.

Newmark: “Those birds are really, really pissed-off at the pigs. Help the birds exact their revenge.”

Kindle (Free for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices)

Amazon’s eReader extended into multiple mobile applications.

Newmark: “Great for reading books, it’s in continuous use on my iPad and Android phone.”

 

NPR (Free for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices)

One of scores of apps from National Public Radio and its affiliates.

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Newmark: “Great for listening to stations across the USA, providing trustworthy news.”

 

More on Craig Newmark:

Craig Newmark is the founder of craigslist.org, a site where people can help each other with everyday needs including housing and jobs. The site has a culture of trust, based on shared values like “treat people like you want to be treated.” He currently works as a customer service rep, in no managerial role. Previous experience includes thirty years working with computers for IBM, GM, Charles Schwab & Co, and Bank of America.

He’s also working with a wide range of groups using the Net to help each other out, like Donorschoose.org, the Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America, Kiva.org (microfinance), AllForGood.org, which is the “craigslist for service”, Consumer Reports and the Craigslist Foundation. He’s working on the advisory board of Wikipedia, considering customer service and trust issues.

Craig is also actively engaged with government workers on multiple levels to use the Net for superior public service, and with Sunlight Foundation for government accountability and transparency.

He’s not as funny as he thinks he is, but sometimes can’t help himself. Craig no longer wears a plastic protector and thick black glasses that are taped together, but is still a nerd.

You can reach Craig at twitter.com/craignewmark, facebook.com/craignewmark, or cnewmark.com

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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