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My Favorite Tool for Managing Online Forums

Must haves: Laura Downs, owner of a computer-repair service explains how she consolidates all her forum accounts when on the go.
Laura Downs, Heathstone, owner, computer repair

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Laura Downs | Owner, Hearthstone Computer Repair, Huntersville, North Carolina.


As a solo entrepreneur, I spend a lot of time on online forums to stay in touch with other members of the tech community. Tapatalk, an app for my Android phone, helps me consolidate all my forum accounts for easy access when I'm on the go.

As long as a forum has enabled Tapatalk on its website, there's no limit to how many forums you can add. I'm currently subscribed to six. The app has tabs for easy navigation, and I can search for topics within the forums. I can also upload photos with my posts.

One of my favorite Tapatalk features is the ability to set up push notifications for forums and threads I'm subscribed to, and for private messages from other users.

I also enjoy giving advice on Tapatalk. Recently, another female technician, in California, posted to a forum looking for a specific Dell laptop. I knew a supplier here in North Carolina who had it, so I bought it on her behalf and sent it to her, keeping in touch every step of the way using Tapatalk.

Tapatalk has a one-time fee of $2.99. The computer-repair business is constantly evolving—it's no longer a simple desktop or laptop situation. Now, it's about, "Can you fix my iPhone?" or "I broke my tablet screen," so it's great to be able to use Tapatalk to bounce ideas off other techies.

Last updated: Apr 3, 2012

J.J. MCCORVEY | Staff Writer | Inc. Reporter

J.J. McCorvey is a reporter at Inc. magazine, where he covers a wide range of topics, including technology and business research. He has covered metro news for The Detroit News, and his work has been featured in Men's Fitness.

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