What’s in your toolbox? Not the red one in the garage, but the virtual one you pull out and use all day, every day.
I came across several end of year lists that do us all a favor by listing out several resources and strategies to use tools we may or may not be aware of. While reading through the lists, I discovered some new tools and strategies for myself and look forward to giving them a try in 2011.
- 40 New Social Media Resources (via Mashable)
- 75 Ways to do Good with Social Media (via Mashable)
- My Twitter Toolbox (via Chris Brogan)
- The Ultimate iPhone Guide: 60+ Essential Resources (via Mashable)
- 36 New Social Media Resources You May Have Missed (via Mashable)
Here’s a quick list of the tools I use every day from a computer – both personally and professionally.
- Outlook (on work PC) – I love using the full features from color-coding my calendar into categories and flagging emails based on priority for follow-up. Organization makes me feel better, but do wonder if it increases my productivity.
- Firefox (on my Macbook Pro or work PC) – it’s my go-to web browser. I often have several tabs open and find it to be a simple, clean interface that allows me navigate easily.
- Hootsuite – my favorite social media tool. I connect my personal and professional Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts here so that I’m only generating information one time to post to the various channels. I also appreciate the schedule feature and URL tracking it provides.
- Google Reader – easiest way to gain information from a variety of sources. Simply add multiple RSS feeds to your Reader and have all the sites there in one spot. I organize my Reader into various topics, etc. that I am interested in. I also use the “star” option and tags to keep my reader organized for easy reference.
- Tumblr – the blog platform I’ve chosen. Easy to use with several features. I’ve learned that I like some features better depending on the theme I choose.
Here are the tools I use on my iPhone:
- Echofon – Twitter manager. I will say that as of late, I’ve encountered some problems with it crashing. As an alternative, I’m going back to Tweetdeck but I don’t like that it doesn’t sync with Twitter.com as well. I have the same problem with the Hootsuite iPhone app crashing as well, which really disappoints me.
- Clock – There is no longer an alarm clock on my nightstand thanks to the wonderful alarm function on the clock.
- Foursquare – I don’t check-in everywhere, but I usually do at least once a day. (Note about my strategy: often times, I’m by myself or with my kids. For safety and privacy, I often “check-in” when I’m actually checking-out.)
- Facebook – this app gets used to access Facebook more than facebook.com.
- 1Password – a wonderful investment of $9.99 if you need to remember more than one password. At work, each of our passwords change regularly for the multiple programs we utilize. This app easily and securely stores all those passwords so that I can easily access them and update them as necessary.
- Wunderlist – I’m checking this app out as comparison to Evernote (now moved to the second screen on my iPhone). I like Evernote but don’t have need for several of its features. From what I’ve read about Wunderlist (via some of the links above and here), it sounds like it might fit my needs better. I’ll let you know.
- For Photography, I use the following apps: CameraBag (simple way to create nice effects); PhotoShop Express (for cropping and other adjustments); and Wink or Pocketbooth (for photo-strip style photographs. Upside to Wink is that you can print via Shutterfly).
How does this compare to your toolbox? What’s your #1, most used, can’t live without tool?