There’s nothing worse than getting to class a full 10 minutes before it starts. On top of that it’s always that one class where you don’t know many people or have a strange professor. Obviously, the most common solution to your problem would be to take out your phone. But if you are like me, there are only so many times you can refresh your Twitter and Facebook accounts with that sliver of hope that something new has been added in the past 30 seconds.
I will be the first to admit that I don’t read for fun as much as I should. However, the new iPhone app, Zite, has recently changed this. You can download Zite for free to your iPhone or iPad and have this lifesaver for those awkward moments.
With the abundance of news sites on just about any topic, Zite lets you add all of your interests (literally anything) and then it pulls relevant articles from across the Internet to one place. Your top stories will then all appear in one slick column, or you can simply look at a page dedicated to one of your specific topics of interest.
Whether you want to focus on BC news, catch up on some celebrity gossip, or find out the latest and tastiest Italian food recipe, any story can be there at your finger tip.
While Zite can be fun for killing some free time, it also has a professional advantage. Zite is helpful if you want to quickly brush up on a business topic or do a little research on current events. I recently used Zite at my internship to find some contemporary marketing articles which really impressed my boss (not the mention the time it saved me from having to search all over the Internet).
So with all of these great uses, whether they be personal or professional, next time you’re trying to avoid eye contact on the Comm. Ave. bus with that girl you met at a party last weekend but whose name you don’t remember, just take out your phone like you always would. Except this time give Zite a try.