Time-saving Online Tools

 Akin to Sawmill Marketing’s online list of Twitter handles for Baltimore-area media, I’m compiling this list of time-saving online tools. I’ll update it as needed, so this will be a live, fluid document, with the items in no particular order other than being grouped by free versus fee-based.

There are hundreds (thousands? millions?) of such tools out there, so I’m sure I’m missing many. Send me suggestions of an awesome tool you use!

Free Tools

  • Groupsite – for file sharing and group management.
  • SnapPages – create a very basic Web site (you can also use WordPress to do this, either the WordPress hosted or self-hosted versions)
  • Google Docs – Don’t want to pay Microsoft licensing fees for their Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint? Use Google docs to create text, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  • Google Voice – Integrate your telecom services with one phone number, send voice-to-text voicemails to your e-mail and more. Google Voice is currently only available for GrandCentral users, but will be open to new users soon.
  • Del.icio.us/delicious.com – One-stop list of your favorite bookmarks. Billed as a “social bookmarking service that allows users to tag, save, manage and share web pages from a centralized source”, you can bookmark sites, share them, and even check out popular tags.
  • Twitter – need I say more?
  • FaceBook – again, the dilemna of whether or not to put these obvious ones on this list.
  • Google Buzz – Once again, Google is attempting to corner the market on, well, everything. Share updates, photos, videos, and more. Basically, it’s a combination of FaceBook, YouTube, and Twitter. Plus, you can import from Twitter, Flickr, etc.
  • Tweetdeck – View your Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as see YouTube and Flickr images, all in one spot. Categorize Tweeters into columns so your topics are separated.
  • Ping.fm – Type once, update several accounts at the same time.
  • SocialOomph – Schedule messages on Twitter (plus, pay $29.95 per month to schedule messageson FaceBook pages).
  • Gist – Though this is in beta right now, I’ve heard some buzz about it. Essentially, it will integrate and update your contacts from all your various social media sites, along with your e-mail contacts. I’m looking forward to playing with it when it’s out of beta.
  • Hootsuite – Have multipel Twitter accounts and cant seem to find the time to udpate them all adequately? Hootsuite is your answer.

Fee-Based Tools

  • Basecamp by 37 signals – A great online replacement for Microsoft Project, with cost plans ranging from $24 to $149 a month. It’s billed as a “web-based project collaboration tool.”

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