Most Influential Apps Of The Decade


Lisa Paradise: I feel like
Tinder revolutionized dick pics, because I had never seen one before, and now I’ve seen countless. Paige DiFiore: It’s
basically like, when you’re lonely and sad, you scroll on your phone, and there’s just a bunch of people, and you swipe right if they’re cute, and you swipe left if
you’re like, no, thank you. Abby Tang: Tinder is a necessary evil. Shannon Murphy: Is why
ghosting was invented. Ian Burke: I’ve probably
had, like, five Tinder dates in my life. Three of them went well,
one was just, like, boring, and the other one was a catastrophe. Tang: You think I’m
gonna, like, go into a bar and just tap someone on the shoulder and talk to them for no reason? It sounds bananas to me. Alli Guerra: Being on Tinder
gives you the opportunity to meet people that you
otherwise never would have met in your life. Tang: So, the first Tinder
date I ever went on, we went to Uptown Lounge in Chicago. It’s karaoke night. He has signed us up for a grand finale. Meat Loaf’s “Paradise by
the Dashboard Lights,” a seven-minute song about
losing your virginity and being trapped in a marriage
for the rest of your life. I never saw him again. Nate Lee: Airbnb is a home away from home. Nich Carlson: When you wanna go to a place and you wanna feel like you’re a local or you wanna feel like you’re
actually kind of living there and pretend a little bit, it’s actually really nice
to be staying in an Airbnb. Guerra: Our generation, we
don’t own things anymore, so I was just, like, thinking about, like, my parents’ generation, they might’ve done, like,
a time-share in Florida or something like that. With Airbnb, like, you can
just get in and get out. You have zero responsibility
to the location itself. Victoria Barranco: You’re not
locked in to having to have reservations months and months in advance. You can do things quite
last-minute if you need to. Guerra: I could go to, like,
a yurt in, like, Yellowstone versus just, like, thinking
of lodging as a place to, like, rest my head. Lee: I haven’t stayed
in a hotel for, like, almost two years now. Carlson: It’s really nice
to stay in an Airbnb, which will have a kitchen,
and instead of having to stay in a suite at a hotel,
which could cost a lot more. If you’re gonna use Airbnb,
don’t go anywhere that doesn’t have, like, 20 reviews
and have all the stars. Just don’t risk it. Jade Tungul: My family was
using Netflix around the time that it was, like, still physical CDs. Jacqui Frank: And I loved it
when it was, like, just DVDs. I was like: “This is great!
I can have anything I want.” Tungul: Before that, it was Blockbuster. Carlson: I miss
Blockbuster. But that’s OK. Netflix is great. Frank: And then, when they, like, switched to the whole
digital streaming format, I remember having
conversations that were like, “Who’s going to stay home
all day and watch TV?” Like, “TV happens at a certain time, and that’s when you watch it.” Carlson: It is amazing that
Netflix went from, like, one business to a totally
different business. Most things can’t do that. Like, companies usually
can’t pivot that well. Nikki Torres: It’s amazing. I love, love, love, love Netflix. And I get for free with
my T-Mobile subscription. Tang: Netflix comes in
here, and it’s like: “I’m Netflix. I’m gonna
offer you infinite content. You can watch hours and hours until you’re on your deathbed.” Torres: There’s something on
there for literally everyone. Frank: I truly think if
you had told 2006 Jacqui that she would spend Saturdays watching Netflix until her butt hurt that she wouldn’t believe you. Alex Appolonia: I spend way
too much time on Instagram. And I’ll never get those minutes back. Jason Sanchez: Instagram was
awesome when it first came out ’cause it was basically
what Facebook should be. Which is, like, I just wanna see photos. Shayanne Gal: Through
sharing posts on Instagram, I ended up meeting a bunch of friends that ended up becoming
my real-life friends. Carlson: Like everyone else, I put my best life on Instagram. I use Instagram to just tell people I have such a wonderful life. And it’s so awesome. Aren’t I great? Gal: You can literally connect
with anyone from anywhere in the world based on a
hashtag or a location tag. Carlson: When I had my first kid…whoo! Did I see my engagement
on Instagram spike. 70 likes. 80. Sometimes 100 or more. Gal: It’s always the pressure of, like, likes and followers, and I think that that’s becoming a big thing in general. But at the same time, I’ve been able to just
meet all of these people that share the same
niche interest with me. If you use it in that way, for networking and kinda pursuing certain passions, it’s awesome. Appolonia: I will never be an influencer, and I’m totally OK with that. There’s a lot of pressure
that I think comes with being an influencer and
keeping up with that. And staying relevant and,
you know, pushing out content that the world wants to see. Sanchez: I feel like Instagram
is the app that I use first. Like, when I open my phone
up and I’m just sort of, like, mindlessly like,
“I gonna kill time.” Like, it’s Instagram first. Appolonia: If you’re not on
Instagram, some people are like, are you even a real person? Juliana Kaplan: I feel
like Seamless is like: “Oh, you are a 13-year-old child. Would you like a milkshake
and a grilled cheese from this diner down the block?” And I go, “Thank you, Seamless.” And then I order it. Matt Stuart: Four to five times a week I was ordering Seamless. It got bad. Torres: There’s always
great coupons on there. I just got, like, a great
meal that would have cost me, like, $30 for, like, $10 the other day. Stuart: I had to start tracking my budget ’cause I was ordering Seamless too much. Appolonia: I think food-delivery apps are just a mark of people’s laziness. Stuart: It was irresponsible,
and I lived in this warehouse with a not-optimal or
superclean kitchen for cooking. So Seamless was just a
better option, really. Torres: I live in a really kinda
isolated area in the Bronx. So it’s kinda nice to have Seamless ’cause they kinda have, like, restaurants that are willing to travel through that. Kaplan: They must have
a very good algorithm, because they’ve definitely, like, learned about, like, my weird food tastes. And Seamless is like, “Would
you like one plain bagel with cream cheese and french fries?” And I’m like, “Yes.” Appolonia: You can literally stay inside, where you live, all day, and not interact with
anybody in the outside world. Torres: Better than, you know, back then, when you had to call personally and, like, they would mess your order up, and then you couldn’t understand
the person on the phone. Even though it’s not
the healthier choice… Appolonia: It’s great if
you’re hungover and you just don’t want to leave your
house and go get food. Carlson: Slack…before Slack, people used AOL Instant Messenger. It wasn’t that great. Guerra: This is the first
job that I’ve ever had that’s used Slack, and
I honestly don’t know how I survived without Slack before. Trisha Bonthu: It’s just
a nice way to interact without, like, disturbing others if you’re, like, right there, too. Or just, like, instantly
talk to your manager if you have a question or
easily send files to someone, because a lot of what we do is sending video files or graphics. Carlson: My favorite part of Slack? It’s the little palm tree when you go on vacation. No, my favorite part of Slack is that I can get anybody anytime I need them. Michelle Yan: Even as I’m going to work, I’m checking Slack. Even if someone is snoozing, you can still send them a notification if you really want to get their attention. Yan: In that sense, it feels
like I’m never not working. Guerra: Even my, like, desk
mate that I sit right next to, I will Slack her first before I will, like,
tap her on the shoulder. Yan: Don’t talk to me,
but just check your Slack. Guerra: I get very upset
when Slack is down. Don’t make me talk to people. I’m just kidding. Frank: What is Lyft? What is Uber? It’s basically taxis if I
don’t have to talk to anyone. Carlson: Lyft and Uber have
their downsides, of course, but at the same time, they
are incredible to use. You show up at an airport,
you show up, you know, almost anywhere in the
world at this point, and you pull out a phone, and
you say where you want to go, and someone arrives and picks you up. Lee: It might be just
me, where it’s at, like, 13 minutes, and then
I’m like, “OK, great.” Put down the phone, pick
it up, and it’s like: “Two minutes. It’s here. Come down. Where are you?
We need you right now.” Frank: But, like, if
you live in Manhattan, you can, like, hail a cab
in the street or whatever. But if you lived in Brooklyn,
you couldn’t do that. Having to call a taxi company and, like, request a car to where you
are is, like, infuriating. Torres: They meet you where
they need to meet you. They know exactly where they’re going. They don’t have to ask you for directions, which is also really nice. I have definitely stayed
out late more, too. Especially ’cause, you know,
when you pull up the Uber app, you can see what car you’re gonna be in, you can get information about
the driver and all of that, which you couldn’t get with a taxi. Frank: I did try to look up an
Uber last night in the rain, and it was $81.75. And I’ve never seen it cost that much. It cost less to go to the airport. Carlson: Every once in
a while, you’ll, like, get in a car and the person talking to you will just be very charismatic and you’re so glad you
got in the car with them. Most times, they begin talking to you, and you’re like, “Let’s not do this.” Frank: I have been in a ride-share where someone’s been like: “Hey, where you going? How’s your day? What are you reading?” And it’s like, dude, obviously I, like, do not want to be your friend. Stuart: [sighs] Twitter. I think we all know what
Twitter has done to the world. Manny Ocbazghi: So, I use
Twitter for a bunch of, in a bunch of different ways. One is comedy. Like, I like
to crack jokes on there. This Ancestry.com commercial that I made fun of on Twitter, that tweet went viral, and then Seth Rogen followed me
afterwards, which is pretty cool. Burke: I think Twitter
has kind of abridged how we communicate with one another. People expect to get their entire article in 150, or 60, whatever it is, characters. Or I think it went up now
to, what, 280 or whatever. Ocbazghi: It’s also really
easy to call politicians out. And they will literally
change their actions based on a bad tweet. So Twitter has a lot of power in that way. Stuart: Twitter is dominated
a lot, I think, by journalists and the tech community and politicians. And there’s just a lot
of fighting on there. It’s not a fun place. Ocbazghi: It’s kind of like asking, “Is the world good or bad?” You know? So, Twitter just houses
so many people who are, who can be good and who can be bad. You feel a certain way about a bill or a celebrity doing something. Or, for example, that
Sonic movie, if you just really hate how something was designed and you tweet about it or engage with people about it, you can really get something done. Aylin Woodward: Twitch is
an online platform in which users can stream any
type of video content. So, whether that’s the livestream of their
cross-country drive or them playing video games
for other people’s enjoyment or a livestream of,
like, a sporting event. Stuart: Who knew that
people wanted to watch other people playing video games? I would never have guessed that. Woodward: They have ways
of interacting and, like, displaying their emotions and their, like, heart-rate levels. So I think it’s sort of just a way of vicariously living
through someone else. And video games just seems
to be a good medium for that. William Antonelli: You know,
the question a lot of people ask is why would anyone
care about watching other people play video games? And so, my older sister,
she has two children. All they do is watch Twitch,
and they watch YouTube. And so she comes to me all the time and asks, you know, “Why is
anyone interested in this?” She’s a massive football fan. And so I ask, you know, “Why
do you watch the Steelers?” There’s a lot of fun in
playing a game for yourself. There’s also a tremendous amount of fun in watching someone else play
and seeing, how do they do it? What do they do differently from you? What do they do the same as you? For so many streamers, a
lot of it and, you know, the draw is their personality. Stuart: When I was a kid, I
wanted to play the video game. You ever go to a friend’s
house and you watch them play? Like, that sucks! You wanna play the game. But that’s changed. Taryn Varricchio: Snapchat
is a social platform where you can send photos or videos, and they don’t last longer than 10 seconds unless you put them on loop. And you can upload “stories” of what you’re doing that day. Jennifer Ortakales: I thought
it was super creepy at first. It was created for, like, sexting, but without the, you know, parameters of having to worry about
it being deleted or not. And then it kinda blew
up as, like, a community and everybody actually
using it to communicate with their friends and show them, like, what they were eating and
where they were walking. Varricchio: I still
think they have the best location filters. Tang: I only use Snapchat to
play around with the filters when I’m on the toilet. I just take the picture, and I’m like, funny, pooping rabbit. Varricchio: And I also like it
more sometimes than Instagram because it’s a smaller
community of my friends. Tungul: I do think that
there is an addictive aspect to it, though, when they
introduced Snapstreaks. Everybody felt obligated to be
on their phone all the time, and they just wanted to,
like, keep that streak and flex for some reason. Varricchio: I care about
Snapchat, ’cause it’s dying, I feel like, and I still like it. My younger cousins tell
me Snapchat is dead. And I’m just like, I still use it. Tungul: People say Snapchat is dying, but I look on there every once in a while, and, like, people are still
updating their stories. Carlson: I’m back to, like,
14 and 15 likes per photo. But you know what? The people who are seeing it know that I am living an awesome life.

80 Replies to “Most Influential Apps Of The Decade”

  1. Here's the summary :
    10. Tinder
    9. Airbnb
    8. NETFLIX
    7. Instagram
    6. Seamless
    5. Slack
    4. Uber
    3. Twitter
    2. Twitch
    1. Snapchat

    Hey I just saved you 12 minutes. ๐Ÿ˜†

  2. I don't use any of these, even Netflix (I rarely text either, though I do play mobile games) and it makes me feel like i have more happiness in my life around other people, even during the dull parts. Instead of scanning Facebook, talk to people in person… even friendly strangers. Instead of sharing pictures hoping for likes, enjoy the times themselves more and share pictures in person with close friends and family.

    Not all social media is bad (I am on YouTube, after all) but we have lost something about ourselves as individuals and as a society to it.

  3. Tech Insider : twitch looks like the #1 online video stream platform.
    YT : (yawn) lemme get this
    Tic Toc : wait, hold my matcha

  4. The list obsessed with Tinder, same Tinder is hacked and millions of personal data records stolen almost every year ๐Ÿ™„

  5. out of which we Indians olny use three apps most insta uber and twitter all other are very rarely used some apps in the list we didnt even know……
    and we are 1.3 billion out of 7 billion

  6. Me when I was 10: Iโ€™m never getting social media itโ€™s dumb

    Me several years later: uses snapchat all day during school, spends hours on instagram at home, hops on twitter when snap and insta is dry,

  7. App That change the World – Facebook , YouTube , Twitter , Instagram , Netflix , Flipkart ,Amazon , Amazon prime , Whatsapp , Uber , Swiggy , Zomato , Spotify & many more apps that change the Digital era Revolution of the World ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  8. Ok internet hereโ€™s the REAL top 10:

    10. Venmo

    9. Netflix

    8. Tinder

    7. Snapchat

    6. Uber/Lyft

    5. Instagram

    4. Spotify

    3. Twitter

    2. YouTube

    1. Facebook

    (I know Facebook kinda sucks now but we canโ€™t disregard the fact that literally a quarter of all humans on Earth have it soo ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚๏ธ)

  9. Why is that fat lady always on your videos?
    Do you have only person to take opinion from?
    You talk about diversity but put the same people in your video

  10. For the people who are commenting about YouTube not making to the list. YouTube became popular the previous. At least from where I grew up.

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