I’m starting this new series on my blog called, App Appreciation, where I highlight an application that many people don’t know about, but could be helpful in everyone’s day-to-day life. I’m starting this series because, well, let’s face it, the majority of you guys reading this are millennials. How do I know? Well, my WordPress analytics told me of course. But even if you’re not a millennial, chances are you have a smartphone and there are so many great applications out there that many of use don’t know about. I have found a couple that I think are really awesome and I want to share.
Instead of highlighting them all in a “Things I’m Loving” post (you can read my last one here) or talking about them all together in one post, I thought I would spread it out and give a more in depth review of each app. So with that intro out of the way, let’s get into it. The first app I think you should look into is Countable.
In years past I wouldn’t have considered myself to be “into politics”. I blame that on the fact that I was young, felt that I couldn’t really make a difference (i.e. I couldn’t vote), and that many things discussed didn’t really effect me… or so I thought.
Now that I am able to vote and I’m coming into my own as a young adult, I take my civic duty very seriously. I try to stay as informed as possible, using different news sources, apps, etc. to get my news. But at some point you have to bridge the gap between getting information and taking action. That is where Countable comes in.
After listening to bills working their way through the House and Senate, I’m sure you’ve formed your own opinion on whether you’d like to see them to pass or not. I know I have, and I think we should let our voices be heard.
Oftentimes, people forget that our representatives are here to represent us. They are supposed to vote in the best interest of their constituents, and I’m sure they would love to hear from us. But instead of getting out pen and paper and mailing your thoughts away to them, simply use Countable.
Countable is an app that makes learning about what the government is up to fun and easy. It also, allows you to stay informed an most importantly take action.
Here is what the app looks like. Once you download and open it, it will ask you your zip code and address. From there it can inform you of who your representatives are. I didn’t know who my representatives were, especially because I attend and out-of-state school, but thanks to Countable, now I do. This is the first step to truly being informed and taking action. Once you know who represents you, you can see what they are voting on.
On the app, you can customize your feed to get information on the topics that most resonate with you. For me, I selected everything because, I simply want to be informed and vote on the things I can, not just what I feel effects me.
When you click on a story in your feed, it will inform you of what is going on and prompt you to comment and/or take action. If you feel so inclined you should definitely take action. When selecting that option, Countable gives you the opportunity to call and/or message your representative, and share the post on social media. Feel free to do any or all of those options, but the point is that you are doing something. Personally, I like that Countable give you the opportunity to call or message you representative. I would feel quite intimidated calling, so messaging will probably suit me best. But it’s nice to have options!
When you slide over to “bills,” you will see a timeline of bills that are working to be passed in Congress. When you click on a bill it will give you a summary in layman’s terms of what the bill is trying to do, an opportunity to learn more, comment, and either support or oppose the bill. Again, Countable is giving you a chance to be politically active, share your opinions, and be a productive citizen.
While there are a few other things that you can do on this app, I feel I have covered the most important points. Ultimately, Countable doesn’t just fill you in on the news, it gives you the opportunity to be politically active, and that’s so important.
With that said, if you feel so inclined, be sure to download the app (you can find it here), and let your voice be heard.
Until next time, get up, get moving, and live your best life.