In the last few months, cities all over the world are flooded with protesters who are voicing their discontent with the current social conditions. Unlike similar protest movements in the past, this time the protesters are armed less with political pamphlets and flowers, and more with Smartphones and digital cameras.
In these modern day protests, demonstrations require a new kind of equipment. Instead of a backpack, you have an iPhone, and the all-purpose Swiss knife is now replaced by smart apps.
The following five apps are must-haves for the digital protester of our day and age. If you want to suggest another app, go ahead and add your tip in the comments.
Updating live on social media has proven to be one of the most significant landmarks of today’s protests, with Facebook and Twitter being the most important channels. Seesmic (available also in desktop and web versions) is an app that gives you easy access to both these social networks on one platform. Its intuitive interface allows users to update quickly and effortlessly, which is exactly what you need when you want to post live from a sit-in.
If you want to share the true protest experience on the web, use Ustream’s broadcasting app. It lets you stream video from your mobile device to the world and easily promote your broadcast on social channels. Ustream’s app also offers tons of streaming channels and live content, so if you actually can’t make it to the demonstration, you might find a broadcast of someone who did and experience it from wherever you are.
In addition to causing quite a few marital problems recently, Find My Friends is extremely helpful when you find yourself lost in a huge crowd of people. Find My Friends easily locates everyone who has agreed to share their location info with you, so even if your friends and you part ways during the demonstration, you can quickly reunite. You can use a temporary sharing mode and limit the app’s tracking activity to specific times. So if you use it wisely, it won’t get you into trouble. Hopefully.
Even the most devout protesters have to succumb to nature’s call. Demonstrations and protesting activities can last hours (or even weeks!), and the occasional visit to the toilet is simply unavoidable. Sit or Squat is a genius app that gives you the hottest information on the nearest available toilet according to your location. A quick visit to the loo and you’re back on the march! Not to mention, you can avoid using the toilet at certain commercial chains that don’t sit well with your ideology.
In case things get heavy and you find yourself eye to eye with the law, this app has your back. If you actually get arrested during a protest, one click will send an alert to your friends, family or lawyer via SMS. It’s a worst case scenario kind of thing but you never know.
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