By marccampman, 05-Jan-2013 13:32:00
In my last blog post I gave you many of my favourite social media tools. From social media networks to the various tools you can use to help you manage your online listening and sharing your content. But that was only the tip of the iceberg. Here is part 2 of my series of blog posts on my favourite onlne tools.
More and more people start using tools to scan the web for content based on parameters they set in advance. One of my favourites to do this is Paper.li You specify the type of content you want to collect and paper.li will present it to you in your personally designed newspaper. Here's my own Social Media Playmaker daily newspaper. Another great content curation tool is Storify. Similar to Paper.li but it is more based on building story boards where news will be added to your storyboard when it appears online. Here you can find storyboards on superstorm Sandy that hit the US coast late last year.
Voice is as much a form of social media content as photos or videos. Many people download podcasts about their favourite topics onto their phone. And listen to it when they commute home. One of my top web sites for podcasting is Podomatic. This site not only enables you to create your own podcasts in a very easy manner, but it also lets you upload and share it in the global podcasting community. An absolute must have for the social media afficionados.
One aspect of the new online interactive world is productivity. By doing your work in the Cloud, you become a lot more productive. You can access it everywhere, and share it with others as and when needed. Here are some of my favourite productivity tools. Google Drive (former Google Docs) allows you to do your wordprocessing online and share it with people. I urge you to look at all the Google tools that are available. Google is integrating all its online tools bringing it together under your Google+ account. Google Apps is Google's initiative to bring all Google's tools to business to promote working in the Cloud. A serious competitor for Microsoft Exchange. Evernote is anohter great tool. It allows me to take notes during meetings, on my laptop, my desktop, online or my mobile. With full synchronisation between all of them. To exchange files between my various devices (mobile, laptop and desktop) I use Dropbox. I find this the most easiest way to get photos from my iphone to my Macbook ot iMac.
If you want the ultimate version of cloud computing for every app you can think of, try www.zoho.com. And best of all, if you use it as a single user, its free. My top app in Zoho is the CRM app. A full blown contact management system with leads, customers, opportunities, campaign etc.
Many people keep their social media online. This is a missed opportunity. Social Media happens offline as well. That's why using social media to launch and manage your events is so effective. My favourite site for networking through events is Meetup. You can even built your own Meetup community and schedule your regular events for it. With LoveSocialMedia we have our own Meetup community here. Feel free to sign up and join our next Meetup in London. A similar site to Meetup is Eventbrite. Eventbrite is particularly useful when the organiser needs to sell tickets and manage RSVPs.
Finally, don't forget your mobile. I do most of my social media listening on my mobile when I commute. First of all, get Hootsuite for your mobile. It enables you to listen to your social media channels but it also helps you sending out messages to your networks. Use Foursquare to let people know where you are and to find information about the environment of where you checked in. Also, make sure you have Google Analytics on your mobile. I use idashboard on my iphone to give me up to the minute info about traffic on my web site (page views, visitors etc.) so I can push new content via hootsuite if traffic is low. Finally, my mobile social magazine is Flipboard, a very innovative mobile news curation service that you can set up to your own requirements, with a fantastic flip-like interface. A must-have on your mobile.
So here you go, all my favourite tools to develop, manage and measure my social media and online productivity. If you have any cool tools you like to share with us, use the comment section to do so.
1. 09-Jan-2013 12:22:00 by Sal
Useful post. Thanks Marc
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