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A Day in the iPhone Life of: Corvida Raven

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This is the second in what I hope will become a regular series of posts – the ‘A Day in The iPhone Life of …’ series.  I’m a complete iPhone ‘apps junkie’ – so I am always fascinated to learn about how other people use their iPhone and all its great apps - which are their favorite apps, their biggest disappointments, which apps they use every day, and all that sort of thing.  My hope is to talk to some notable iPhone users I know, or know of, on the web – people who are tech-savvy and who are iPhone power users, or iPhone devs, or just plain interesting folks who have embraced the iPhone.

I’m very happy – and very lucky – to have another great chat partner for this second in the series – Corvida Raven.  Corvida is a professional blogger, a community manager, an uber social geek, and a real fun and insightful presence on the web – and all at the tender age of 21! Here’s just some of what she’s up to on the web these days:

    * Blog Editor for Mr. Tweet, a personal Twitter recommendation tool 
    * Co-Founder of EverythingTwitter, your one stop Twitter tool shop
    * Co-Founder of The SocialGeeks Roundtable Podcast, taking social media discussions to a whole new level

You can find out more about Corvida, and how to follow her on Twitter and Friendfeed and everywhere else, at the About page at her excellent Shegeeks site, which is HERE.

Corvida is also a real iPhone power user, as you’ll clearly see in her answers below.  My questions are in bold, Corvida’s answers in plain text.  We did this interview via IM, so I’ve trimmed out some, but not all, our little asides that did not relate directly to a question.

How long have you owned an iPhone?

I purchased the 3G when it first came out last summer. Took me 5 hours to get it and get back home, but it's been a worthy investment so far.

So almost a year now?

What smartphone (or feature phone) did you use before the iPhone?

Motorola Q9c (Win Mobile 6) I still have it, but rarely use it.

Oh cool, I was a long-time Windows Mobile user / fan until iPhone came along

Same here.

How many apps did you run - roughly - on the Q?

Just Qik and a few video apps, Windows Live Search (which I loved) Skyfire too

What's the first thing you usually do with your iPhone on a typical day?

Check email.  Lately I've been playing with the new Twitterrific 2.0, but last week it was Tweetie. So email, then head over to Twitter and see what's going on.

Right, anything else? I find I do a ton of RSS catching up on the iPhone before getting up for the day - and have a feeling I saw a post of yours where you mentioned you do too ...

I use Google Reader's default web app. It's more fluid and just works. I don't read stuff offline very much so an app just isn't necessary. However, I've always been interested in Feeds, the app that is

Cool - I always say that Google Reader is still my favorite app, even though it's a web app

It's awesome. Google did a great job with a lot of their mobile products. The iPhone optimized version just feels lighter and I hate entering in my info to new apps

You're a professional blogger / community manager / influential woman in tech / a social geek and a mega Twitter expert - talk about some of the iPhone apps that help you in any or all of these areas ...

Well Apple's default apps do great, but I find all the good stuff in Cydia, which is something I check every other morning.  Twitter clients are very important too

HA - there's that question answered - you are still jailbroken

Of course! There's no other way to be :D

Which is your favorite Twitter app, tough call right?

Twitterific 2.0 and Tweetie are great paid twitter apps. It's been tough choosing a default, but I think I'll stick with Twitterific for now. Still have an eye on Tweetie though.

Wow, pretty much the same

Twitterfon is a good free app. I haven't tried it, but it looks great and I've seen a lot of good reviews about it

Tweetie has been my fave for months but Twitterrific 2.0 is superb

The threads and tap shortcuts are awesome for Twitterific 2.0

Have you tried out qtweeter on the jailbreak side of the fence?

Oh yes, that's also on my iPhone :) I play around with another one that's actually a Twitter keyboard

Oh, I envy you that one (qTweeter) - what do you think of it?

Tweeboard is the name of it. Somewhere in Cydia

It's pretty neat, but not for when I'm doing serious work.

Which, qtweeter? Howcome?

No the Tweeboard keyboard isn't productive for me. But it's fun. Qtweeter is a time saver. It does exactly what it should do

I like that it does the Facebook updates too

OK, got it. I like a few things those guys - Efiko Software - have done ...

Qtweeter is the best and I've heard good things about their iPhone ringtone maker

Yes - I like iPhoneRingToneMaker - always have - I know you can do it yourself, but I'm lazy and it's a slick app :)

Do you use Friendfeed on your iPhone?  If so, via Safari or via an app?

Occasionally I do. I use it via Safari. Do you have any app recommendations?

I like BuddyFeed quite a bit, it gets good updates, and the dev is active on Friendfeed himself

I'll put that on my list to check out too.

Cool - would like to know what you think :)

How about blogging - ever use any iPhone blogging apps to post stuff with?

I've tried the default WordPress app, but I incorporate too many things into my posts that can't be easily done from my iPhone.

If it's urgent, I'll tweet it instead.

Yeah, I've tried the WP one and iBlogger and Blogpress and use none of them often - in fact very rarely

The Tumblr iPhone app looks great though. I've seen a few demos of it and it made me want to start a tumblelog.

I think that's more suited for the iPhone.

Ha - I think so too - bought it, started one, rarely update it - but that's my bad, nothing wrong with the app / service

I don't know if you coined the phrase, but you're the first person I saw use it, when I first discovered your Shegeeks site - so what is your all-time favorite 'awesomesauce' iPhone app?

I did coin it, but I'm sure other great minds may have said it before I came around. Awesomesauce app? Do I have to pick just one?

Nah - how about Top 3?

My there's so many to choose! I love a lot of them. Top 3: Brightkite, Winterboard, & either Tap Tap Revenge 2 or PixelPipe.

But I love Flickit, Qik, MixTube, and Imeem's new app may become a big favorite soon also.

Good ones - boy I miss themes now that I'm running stock - and SB Settings I miss sooooo much - FlickIt is superb

Are you tempted to try 3.0, or too much of a pain with jailbreak etc?

Too much of a pain. I want the whole package!

What's the worst iPhone app you ever downloaded (free or paid)?  And why?

Wow, I really don't know. It would probably have to be the Crash Bandicoot racing app

Why?

I've regretted purchasing that app from day 1. I've never really played it either. The touch controls are too sensitive. I purchased it at the wrong time. I was still new to the iPhone so it just felt weird still. It made it difficult to play the game though and I haven't really went back to it since.

Gotcha - makes sense

Have you bought or DLed for free any real 'novelty' type apps, or even crap apps?

What do you mean by novelty?

Well, I think I've drawn my own little - not very straight line - between outright crap (like farts, burps, other rude sounds) and things like iNap@Work, which seem fun and more like 'novelty' apps to me

But obviously one person's crap app is another person's novelty app and so on

Oh ok, well one might consider this crap but I think it's funny and that would be Shotgun (the free version)

No novelty apps yet

Right - that's the type I was thinking of though :)

Any favorite iPhone sites?

Hmms, TUAW, Apple iPhone School, and the iPhone blog

Yeah - Apple iPhone School are excellent for jailbreak apps info

Are you planning to grab the new model if there is one this summer?

Hell yeah! :D

I hope there is a new model, but the iPhone will have some tough competition this summer and I'm not cutting it any slack.

Like The Pre perhaps?

The Pre, Nokia's N97, another Android Handset.

Will you be giving any of those a look as well?

If I can get my hands on them I sure will. The Palm and N97 for sure. I had the pleasure of seeing the N97 at SxSW. I think it might end up being a huge debate between UI's and Apps for me.

Best interface and app store wins and the biggest app store doesn't necessarily make it a winner.

Good stuff. The Pre does look exciting, ideas and UI wise - to me ...

I'm a very visual person.

So that's a major dealbreak for me.

I think UI counts for a ton for me in all of this too

The iPhone upped the ante with that one.

What do you most want to see changed / added in a new model and / or the new OS version?

A better camera and MMS first and foremost. Bluetooth (I swap pictures and songs via bluetooth all the time.) If not for the music at least for the images.

Better memory performance and background processing

Those are my top 5

I like those - I think video is very near top of my charts

Oh yes, do add that to my list too - and I'd love to see theme integration! Let me customize the crap out of the homescreen please.

Themes - jeez, yes - I cannot see how we can have an app that looks at and kills sytem and app processes, but we can't have one that changes the icons :)

It's torture - Cruel and unusual punishment.

Cool. You're a Qik user you said right?

Qik yes

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I’d like to say a huge Thank You to Corvida for taking time to do this with me this week.  She actually took a lot of time, and was a lot of fun to talk to.  I enjoy her writing a whole lot, so it was great to get her thoughts on the iPhone and especially on iPhone apps.  If you haven’t already done so, you should really give Corvida’s stuff a look at: Shegeeks.net.

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