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2010: Online products I can’t live without

March 30, 2010

In no particular order, here is my “I don’t know how I would be able to function if you weren’t safely saved in my bookmarks” list for 2010.

1. ToodleDo– my online “to do” list that I’m constantly adding to and checking off. I’ve used this both for my work tasks and my personal “goals” we’ll call them.
2. Tweetdeck– This remains open on my computer all day, everyday as my desktop background. I currently have 10 columns ranging from retweets and direct messages to search words keeping track of competitors to hashtags of interest to me. I currently have the Dancing with the Stars tag (#DWTS) listed as a saved search to see how many people think Pamela Anderson is going to fall on her face. Or fall out of her costume.
3. Facebook– for obvious reasons. The book of face is the best way to keep in touch with friends from the past.
4. IMDB– this website has won me so much money on bets with my friends and coworkers, I should pretty much pay them a percentage. And I have this disease where I can remember every movie every actor has ever been, adding to my Internet Movie DataBase addiction to confirm my suspicions.
5. Evernote– for my ever evolving collection of lists. Grocery lists, blog post ideas, J. Crew wishlist, songs to add into my iPod, random thoughts I want to get out of my head. Basically my brain’s vomit on a page is all compiled in my Evernote notebook.
6. Netflix– I love being able to think of a movie of having in my mailbox the next day. Channing Tatum at my fingertips- yes, please, I’m in love.
7. YouTube– where else I am able to view dance videos for choreography inspiration, music videos as a visual alternative to online radio, and viral humor videos for moments where I feel like laughing hard enough to put my ab muscles in pain? My “favorited” video list is beginning to grow out of control.
8. Gmail– my main personal email source, my lifeline.
9. GoogleReader– I currently subscribe to over 45 blogs, needless to say, without my GoogleReader, I’d be lost. I love the feeling of being able to go to one site to get all of my up-to-date news that is personally tailored to me. And the star features allows me to quickly scan through posts, star the content relevant to my current projects and interests and go back and view them later.
10. Skype– Free service to video chat with people far, far away. Skype allowed me to keep in contact with my parents in Michigan while living in California and then later, in Chicago and allows me to converse with my aunt living in a hut in Afghanistan. Amazing communication tool!
11. Pandora/Slacker– I listen to streaming music during the day to drown out background noise at work or to listen to during a mundane project. I listen to streaming stand-up comedy when I need a pick-me-up. Both great (free) online radio services that “learn” your song preferences based on your loved or hated selections.
12. WordPress– And last, but certainly not least, my dear WordPress. I haven’t found too many bloggers who aren’t in a committed relationship with the press. Great widgets, tons of functionality and tech “power” while still being very user-friendly and easy to learn for first-timers.

Am I missing anything? What sites can’t you live without?

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Social Media’s heartbeat

November 20, 2009

When interviewing with agencies and new media teams, I’m constantly asked how the world of social media has impacted my life on both a professional and personal level. What have I learned from social media? Obviously, I’ve forever thankful to social media for teaching and continuing to teach me about the ever evolving advancements that can elevate the communications industry, but it’s mainly reinforced something that I already knew about myself:

“I understand technology, but I love people.”

I enjoy learning all about Twitter trends, Google Chrome extensions, Facebook apps all while clearing my Google Reader, but the reality is that I LOVE the conversation aspect. I love feeling connected with people, sharing our views and insights and learning about their experiences.

My mother views social media gurus as “computer nerds” who aren’t necessarily good at face-to-face connections, which I feel is a common misconception. Or is it?

Is it easier to connect with people through social media rather than in person? Do you feel less guarded communicating through an online social network?

Are there certain social media outlets that makes you feel more connected to people than others?

I have this “social butterfly” gene that pretty much makes it possible for me to talk to a brick wall. I don’t ever freeze up or get uncomfortable in face-to-face conversations, but I could see how it could be easier for shy people to connect with others through a non-threatening social media outlet.

What do you think?


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