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5 Apps That Help You Manage Real-Life Friends

Before you lose them all….

If you thought loneliness is an issue that only the elderly have to deal with, you, my friend, are starkly wrong. Chronic loneliness has reached exponential levels in western countries (so much so that the United Kingdom had to appoint a Minister for Loneliness) and it is thriving among the young Indian urban population as well.


We have gotten so busy chasing our career goals that we often neglect our friends and families. If the last time you spoke to your high-school friend was three months ago, it is time for you to use these apps to manage your real-life friends.


1. HeyTell: This app is a cross-platform voice messenger and walkie-talkie that allows you to instantly talk with friends and family who use Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 7 devices with the press of a single button. *Voice messages are quicker than SMS—and free!



2. Garden: Never lose touch again with friends, family or your network through your very own “personal relationship manager.”  The app sends you regular reminders to reach out to the people who matter most in your life.

Just set how often you want to reach out to important contacts and Garden will send you regular reminder notifications."Reminder to reach out to Alex. (it's been 3 months)."


You can choose to be reminded as often as you want - every month, every quarter, even every day :). Save notes for each contact to refresh your memory of important details, or of your last conversation.  


This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


3. LokLok: Communicate with your beloved ones right on your phone’s lock screen. Leave notes, drawings and photos for them to see when they check their phones.


LokLok replaces your Android lock screen with a shared whiteboard that is always in sync between you and whoever you are connected to. Create a group with one or more people, and whenever someone changes their lock screen it’ll be automatically updated on everyone else’s.



4. Cloze: This app is like a personal assistant for your professional relationships that is always prompting you at the right moment and remembering what you don’t.


It pulls from your apps to automatically create one view of every person and company - all their contact details, and your complete history - your phone calls, text messages, every email back and forth, meetings, notes, files, social, and messages. It's all organized for you - without any busy work.




5. pplkpr: A step ahead of the above apps is pplkpr. Depending upon the biometric data it gathers, the app can compose text messages, schedule time for you and a friend to hang out or delete contacts from your phone.


It requires you to manually input information about the people you are hanging out with. A wristband then measures heart rate changes, recording spikes in stress or excitement whenever you communicate with the people in that list. Based on patterns, algorithms will determine whether you should be spending more time with a certain person or if you should cut him out altogether.




This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.