Want to make your own iPhone app, but don't know all the fancy computer codes? Well, there is an app for that.
Thanks to several new apps, you can build an app without any training. Now creating an app is as easy as blogging.
Social media "drives" the apps so you will need at least one of the following: an RSS feed, blog feed, Twitter feed, Flickr feed, or videos posted on YouTube to supply the content. If you want to sell the app, after you create the app you need to register the app with iTunes or Google. These app maker apps offer the basic tools to make your app. If you want to build an app loaded with extras you will need some help from professional app creators, but the appmaker apps can offer suggestions for that too.
Kids love apps, but parents need to keep current on the apps kids download. Now that just about anyone can make an app, the number of inappropriate apps may increase. Some inappropriate apps are aimed at kids. Recently issues regarding privacy violations by kid-focused app makers have developed because the app collects email addresses from kids without their parent's permission. Details of the violation are explained in The Washington Post. The good news: The FTC has a new publication Living Life Online to help tweens and teens navigate the Net safely.
Want to build an app?
Here are a few online apps suggested by Jefferson Graham at USATODAY.com:
AppMakr: Free! Maybe that is why it so popular. The company claims it is for anyone, but you do need to be at least as tech savvy as your average teen AND also have some basic software including Photoshop (or PS Elements) or another software that allows you to resize photos you submit to app.
SwebApps Initial fee of $399 and then $29/month.
GENWI: Kinda pricey, but lots of options. Approximately $1200/year for iPhone subscription. Also offers iPad.
USA Today has an interesting video that gives the basics on what it takes to build an app. Video includes Jefferson Graham's interview with Isaac Mosquera at AppMakr.
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Photo by me, Chris Olson.