8 Great Apps We’re Thankful For

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Because this week is all about giving thanks for all the things we really can’t live without. When we’re not using Peekshare, these are some of the apps that make our lives a little better. In no particular order:

1. Venmo

If you don’t have Venmo, let’s take a moment and welcome you to 2015! Secondly, you should download it right now. Thanks to Venmo you don’t have to spend 30 minutes splitting a dinner check 5 ways. Split pizza, Ubers, rent, tickets hassle-free. Because who really carries cash anymore?

2. Runkeeper

Runkeeper is a popular running and activity tracker. Super handy, links up with Spotify, your social networks and all that good stuff. But Runkeeper makes this list because it’s quick to let you know when you’re slippin’. “Dear John, we noticed it’s been a while since you’ve completed an activity.” Oops. Don’t feel bad about hitting snooze on Runkeeper this Thursday, but trust that it’s tracking your turkey day indulgence.

3. Sunrise

All the organized people in your life probably already have Sunrise. Sunrise makes it easy to manage events, schedule meetings, and sync all your calendars to keep you on top of things. We all have that one friend who could really benefit from downloading Sunrise, so let’s help them out and direct them here.

4. Uber/Lyft

In an effort to be concise, we’re gonna pair these two. Regardless of your personal feelings in the war between Lyft and Uber, they’re pretty much interchangeable. Uber & Lyft have saved us all at one point or another. They get us from point A to point B when we need them most. Because turns out getting into cars with strangers isn’t all that bad, Mom.

5. RetailMeNot

Thrifty thrill seekers rejoice. RetailMeNot is the place to find deals and discounts for pretty much everything. Download the app on your phone and check it before you buy online or in-store. If your favorite store has a deal that day, it’s most likely on RetailMeNot.

6. Wunderground 

Weather geeks rejoice. There’s two kinds of people in this world: those who compulsively check the weather and those who get rained on. If you’re a weather geek, a control freak, or an #OOTD planner, Wunderground is as legit as it gets for weather apps.

7. Google Maps

We can’t always take Uber/Lyft. Sometimes we have to drive ourselves. Turn by turn voice navigation, now paired with Waze real-time traffic updates? Google, you the real MVP. 🙌

8. Spotify

There’s a good chance you’re listening to Adele or JB right now. There’s a ton of music apps to choose from but Spotify is our go-to. Whether you’re freemium or premium, it’s a great choice.Make your own playlists or use one of the many Spotify-curated playlists, categorized by mood, genre, and special occasions. It also syncs with a bunch of other apps.

This is obviously not a complete list. We use hundreds of apps. We love Postmates, Tile, and all the other great apps solving first world problems. Let us know what some of your favorites are!

Happy Thanksgiving! 





8 Great Apps We’re Thankful For

Trending in Local? Let’s #PEEKSF.

It’s totally going to happen. You may have seen us out and about or noticed pictures from events around town. So what’s up with #PEEKSF? #PEEKSF is a campaign to encourage users to use Peekshare in a local context. We’re attending a string of summer events to promote the app and introduce local trending tags! Okay, we admit it’s also an excuse to mingle with SF and have a great time.

All peeks taken at these events are tagged with #PEEKSF and can be found within the app! Download Peekshare from the App Store or make sure you have the latest update. Check out the Local feed and go to Trending Tags (#) to follow along! You can find peeks from SF Pride, North Beach Festival, Haight & Ashbury Street, along with peeks of local hangouts.

If you’re local to the area help us make it happen by contributing your own pics to #PEEKSF! Not anywhere near SF? We’d LOVE to see your pics from #PEEKLA, #PEEKSD, #PEEKNYC and so on! Or be a trendsetter and start your own unique tag. The possibilities are endless. Stay tuned for peeks from upcoming events, like Poochella at Dolores Park!
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Trending in Local? Let’s #PEEKSF.

The Social Gallery: A Modern-Day Photo Album

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“Anyone remember the good old days before Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, when you had to take a photo of your dinner, then get the film developed, then go round all your friends houses to show them a picture of your dinner? No? Me neither.”

We’re going to go ahead and assume you care more about your own pictures than you do about everyone else’s. If that sounds about right, keep reading. Peekshare wants to revolutionize your photo gallery by turning it into a social gallery, a modern-day photo album. This social gallery sits as Peekshare’s home screen, and while it may look like Instagram at first glance, there’s a key difference‒only you can see this gallery of pictures shared.

If you had an old-school photo album, you probably shared it at some point, but nobody else kept it, let alone copied and re-shared. That’d be weird. Peekshare is designed to capture moments, give friends a peek, and receive feedback in the form of private likes and messages. Most importantly, you keep it all for yourself. You won’t have to worry about a bad picture you posted four weeks ago or about someone turning your comments section into a script everyone can read. Peekshare wants to make you comfortable sharing and encourage you to share more.

These social apps we use daily satisfy our need to share, our sense of belonging, ultimately making us feel connected to others. And let’s be honest, they also satisfy our ego. While giving others likes and comments can make us feel good, it’s even more satisfying when we get that rush of likes and comments on our own pictures. You might check-in to see how well that pic you posted is doing, but probably aren’t concerned with someone else’s likes. After sharing a peek of our life with others and getting that positive feedback, there’s really no need to make those pictures available to the world forever. Unless you don’t mind that guy from Intro Bio creeping on your picture from 2010. …It happens.

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The Social Gallery: A Modern-Day Photo Album

Content-Driven Messaging: Content meets Context

The Peekshare team has been working hard on an idea we hope will improve your life, if at least in minor ways. Sure, Peekshare let’s you add a filter, caption, and share your photos. While packaged as something you’ve seen before, Peekshare isn’t just photo sharing. Peekshare is content-driven messaging. What do we mean by that?

Every successful product captures value from something we do, something we need in our everyday lives. All social apps capture our need to connect with others and create social value but that connection and value is superficial if it doesn’t create real engagement; a basis to build and maintain relationships with others.

Content-driven messaging is our solution to a problem we all have: starting a conversation without context. If you consider yourself immune, think back to the last time you brought up the weather to fill an awkward silence with someone you just met. Let’s be honest, with the exception of a category five hurricane, no one really cares about the weather. So why do we do it? Because all conversations need some type of context to either start or continue. Peekshare believes there’s no better context than pictures. Content meets context. A simple idea that can be applied to all text based communication to propel relationships forward.

Peekshare’s end goal is engagement. We want users to have conversations! Which is why we turn all comments made on peeks into private messages, and why we added the option to “nudge” local peeks to friends as messages. By all means, use Peekshare to make others laugh, to share an obscene amount of pictures featuring your cat, to pass the time, but most importantly we hope you use Peekshare to be yourself and connect with others in a way that feels real.

Content-Driven Messaging: Content meets Context