My friend Nick in Hong Kong emailed me recently eager for some recommendations to fill up a few screens of his iPhone (I should really send him to the King of Apps, Marco Torres, who I am sure has filled to the max his screens).
Rather than trying to page through screens and type names, I found a slicker and more elegant solution for sharing your apps – the AppsFire site/tool. You download a small addon for your desktop (a preference pane for Mac OS X) that does some sort of communication (I am guessing) with your iTunes to get a list of installed apps. From there, you can go to a web site, where you have options to share all or selected apps by link, email, widget, or social media tools.
Here’s the widget version of my apps (no snickering)
Each icon leads to the link to the app in the iTunes store. It also provides the stat you may not want to see- the total amount spent on the selected apps (I am at $114 spent, gulp).
A few are missing as I just added two new word games directly on the phone (iTunes way of syncing is not completely 2 way or I missed a checkbox somewhere).
Or as an alternate example, I made a link to a subset, my camera related apps.
But I love this as a clever way to be able to share apps easily.
Update! Ouriel, the creator of the AppsFire site saw this post and offered me a custom URL http://myap.ps/cogdogblog for my app set as well as listing me on their VIP page – check it out, I am behind the velvet ropes, walking up the red carpet!
The post "Sharing iPhone Apps… “there’s an app for that”" was originally pulled like taffy through a needle's eye at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2010/01/sharing-iphone-apps/) on January 3, 2010.