As the engineer behind all the apps here at Grandex, I’d like to share a few apps that you need to install on your phone before school starts. I’m not here to tell you why you need Tinder. You already know that. You might already have most of these frapps, but you and your brothers will have a lot more fun and life will be much simpler if you ALL have them.
It would be perfect if we could all just use iMessages for our group chats, but there’s always one NF brother in the crowd who shows up with his Android POS. It causes text messaging chaos. Messages and photos occasionally won’t make it to everyone in the group, and worst of all, your messages will be green. A group chat app also allows you to turn off notifications when the chat gets a little annoying. Facebook Messenger is a solid alternative to GroupMe, plus everyone already has it. The software engineer in me needs to defend Zuckerberg against the app’s recent bad rep–there’s been a premature uproar of “privacy concerns” claiming the app’s use of the microphone is to spy on you. In truth, the app just asks for access to your microphone if you’re wanting to make phone calls within the app, which would be kind of difficult without a microphone.
2. A Payment App: Venmo
How many times have you gotten fucked over by your friends when splitting the cost of something? I can’t imagine how much money I’ve lost on cabs, pizza, or cases of Natty because my friends didn’t have cash for their share. Venmo makes it a piece of cake to send/receive money to/from your brothers in a matter of seconds, and it doesn’t cost a cent.
3. Your Fantasy Football App
This isn’t really about the app. This is about getting your league started early. Get whatever app you use for fantasy football downloaded, but more importantly, get your league organized ASAP. Establish some ridiculous new traditions, too, even if the league has been around for a while. Make the pledges dress up in attendance and announce your draft picks for you at the podium. My league will be renting a limo and conducting our draft in a suite at Arrowhead Stadium. At the conclusion of the shit talk-filled season, we’ll all make a trip to a casino in Kansas City, where the champion has to walk up to the roulette table and bet his entire winnings on a single spin of roulette. Thus far, the champion has walked away with $0 at the end of each season, and I couldn’t be happier.
4. An App for Bar Specials: Nightlife
My college was lucky enough to have a great app called Nightlife for discovering great bar specials (if you don’t already have them memorized). It’s now available in more than 25 cities, and you might be in one lucky enough to have it. If not, there might be a local alternative.
The TFM and TSM apps are the best way to view our content on your phone. Fratty Bird is the frattest action game you can download, and Greek God will help your stupid plebes memorize the Greek alphabet.