The internet is filled with wide varieties of websites, ranging from static websites to powerful dynamic sites like Google, Facebook. With rise in social networking and ease of access to data, along with huge data generated by our own activities, Its difficult to manage them. The tools mentioned below help us in productivity. Here comes the list.
Its very handy and powerful social scripting tool. IFTTT stands for IF This Then That. It helps us to automate things like posting twitter items to Facebook, linked in etc. Every Automation item in IFTTT is called as “Recipe”. Every recipe has Trigger and Action. One such example of trigger and Action is IF “I post a link on twitter” then “bookmark that link on delicious.” Here twitter and delicious are called as channels. Every channel has its own specific set of triggers.
Twitterfeed is now acquired by bit.ly. I use twitterfeed to auto post my all blog articles to my Twitter timeline , Facebook page and Facebook news feed. I could use the IFTTT for same purpose, but twitterfeed works fine and since IFTTT is very booby trapped in other activities too, I resort to “twitterfeed” to keep it simple.
Buffer is used to control the posting to twitter at specific time so that tweet can have maximum visibility, as well as not be annoying to users. I set buffer in conjunction with IFTTT to automate the Retweet thanking mechanism so that its doesn’t fill my Timeline with “thanks for RT” messages all at once.
Feedly is my favorite news reader client on my laptop. It is installed on my laptop as a Chrome App. Feedly syncs with my Google reader to pull all the feeds I have subscribed to. Actions like “read it later” represents corresponding “favorite” action in reader. Feedly arranges the feeds in unique order putting most important feeds on top.
Google reader is my favorite database of feeds. I use Google reader as a database of feeds and sync feed reader to fetch from this. My feed collection contains around 147 feeds of which half are inactive feeds of my classmates. Here is the link to my collection of blogs. I use Google reader native interface only when my connection speed throttled to 144kbps by my idiotic ISP Tata DoCoMo. Still Google reader is favorite web based feed reader, because of its lesser levels of nonsense updates.
About.me is my default personal profile page after Google upgraded their profile section into a full blown social network Google+. I stepped on About.me with intention to explore it, but its huge social network support and klout social analytics integration has made it my default profile page.Here is link to my About.me page.
TweetDeck is my favorite twitter client. Before acquisition TweetDeck used to support many social networks, now it shows only Facebook feeds and its predominantly a Twitter client. I use TweetDeck often for tweeting, and I run it once I connect to internet. Its huge column array of tweets, lists, search results, make it my personal always on news paper. Another worthy competitor to TweetDeck is HootSuite. But limitations imposed by HootSuite makes me to stick to TweetDeck. (Note: HootSuite adds analytics and lot of other power features, which is ideal for enterprise social media users not me.)
Klout is a Social Analytics service. Klout is used to measure the social media influence. Klout analyzes our social media activities and provides a single score. The notable activities on Social Media are called as Moments. Klout measures many of social symbols like FB likes, twitter mentions, LinkedIn recommendations etc. (Note: If interested in learning more about klout visit this page “Understand Klout Score”, which explains different aspects of Klout score.)
The other handy but less used web resources are:
- Evernote (www.evernote.com): Evernote is my default note taking app as MS OneNote doesn’t support cloud sync.