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Like Hootsuite, Tchat.io solves a BIG usability problem with Twitter. Sign into Twitter, enter a hashtag and keep up with an auto-refreshing feed. The Tweet field auto-includes your hashtag so you never have to remember to add it! [Screenshot]
If you don’t know Evernote by now, all hope is lost. Just kidding. But seriously, I could never return to a life without this tool.
“Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.”
“We are regarded as industry leaders in mind mapping and brainstorming software, focused solely on delivering great user experiences.”
It may not be the prettiest tool out there but XMind works incredibly well.
If you’re looking for an online backup solution, this is it. Unlike Dropbox, SpiderOak is actually secure. From a technical perspective, it functions a bit differently. It’s just as easy to use and I absolutely back it.
For freelancers or anyone needing to invoice, you can easily set up time slips for accounts and projects and set up custom invoices. Everything is easy, clean and affordable. I couldn’t live without Billings Pro for all my projects!
Most people think of Photoshop for photo editing. And that’s OK so long as you don’t have more than a few photos to work on. When you’re working with dozens or hundreds of photos and need a workflow to get things done, Adobe Lightroom is where you should be.
Sometimes we work late. Since I’m a night owl, I constantly work late. And the monitor can get intense. The genii at f.lux came up with a tool that tints your display so it’s not so bright, compensating for the lack of daylight. Brilliant!
Originally Del.icio.us was the de-facto bookmarking tool. Then they sold to Yahoo. We all got scared, exported our bookmarks and opened Diigo accounts. We were happy again and all was well.
After hours and hours of exploring project management SaaS applications, I landed on Teamwork. As what’s his face said, “what’s in a name?” Sometimes you just can’t judge a book by its cover. This project management tool is not only elegantly designed (which is SORELY NEEDED in this space), it’s incredibly usable. This tool is brilliant for staying on top of complicated projects.
Ahrefs Site Explorer
News – Aggregates
- Nieman Lab – A project by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Fuego is their “heat-seeking Twitter bot. Every hour, it tracks the links the future-of-journalism crowd is talking about most on Twitter.”
- JimmyR – A dashboard comprised of a variety of RSS feeds from a variety of sources in a large amount of categories. No customisation required.
- Prismatic – Custom feed of articles based on your interests. It comes up with a lot of great sources you likely wouldn’t have stumbled upon.
News – Science
- Nautilus Magazine – They “deliver big-picture science by reporting on a single monthly topic from multiple perspectives.”
- Scientific American – Founded in 1845 and the oldest continuously published magazine in the U.S.
- Phys.org – “A leading web-based science, research and technology news service which covers a full range of topics. These include physics, earth science, medicine, nanotechnology, electronics, space, biology, chemistry, computer sciences, engineering, mathematics and other sciences and technologies.”
- MIT Techology Review – “Every day, we provide an intelligent, lucid, and authoritative filter for the overwhelming flood of information about technology. “
- WIRED Science
News – Tech
- Re/code – An independent tech news, reviews and analysis site.
- Fast Company, Co.Exist, FastCoDesign
- The Verge – They “cover the intersection of technology, science, art, and culture.”
- Google Research – “Google publishes hundreds of research papers each year. Publishing is important to us; it enables us to collaborate and share ideas with, as well as learn from, the broader scientific community.”
- Ars Technica – “Ars Technica was founded in 1998 when Founder & Editor-in-Chief Ken Fisher announced his plans for starting a publication devoted to technology that would cater to what he called “alpha geeks”: technologists and IT professionals.”
- Product Hunt – “Product Hunt surfaces the best new products, every day. It’s a place for product-loving enthusiasts to share and geek out about the latest mobile apps, websites, hardware projects, and tech creations.”
News – Ideas
- The RSA – “We believe that all human beings have creative capacities that, when understood and supported, can be mobilised to deliver a 21st century enlightenment.”
- FORA.tv – “Live and On-Demand Videos from the World’s Best Conferences and Events”
- Big Think – “We aim to help you move above and beyond random information, toward real knowledge, offering big ideas from fields outside your own that you can apply toward the questions and challenges in your own life.”
- Chicago Ideas – “Chicago Ideas is a movement built on one core belief: When a broad spectrum of thinkers and instigators share ideas, we have the power to transform our world.”
- Psychology Today
- TED Talks – Ideas worth spreading
- Brain Pickings – “The core ethos behind Brain Pickings is that creativity is a combinatorial force: it’s our ability to tap into our mental pool of resources — knowledge, insight, information, inspiration, and all the fragments populating our minds — that we’ve accumulated over the years just by being present and alive and awake to the world, and to combine them in extraordinary new ways.”
- Lifehacker – Tips, tricks, and downloads for getting things done.
- Complexity Explorer – Learn about complex adaptive systems
- Coursera – Free online courses from major US and international universities
- Lynda.com – Tons of tech, art and business video tutorials.
- Treehouse – Learn programming
- Codeschool – Learn programming
- DuoLingo – Learn a foreign language…for free.
- Memrise – Community-based flashcard courses. Free and excellent especially for foreign language vocabulary.
- Six Pixels of Separation – Mitch Joel’s brilliant weekly marketing/business podcast. His interviews are like the discussions you wish you could have with brilliant minds.
- The BeanCast – Weekly panel of smart marketers and advertisers discussing the previous week’s industry happenings. The panel changes every week and most guests are back every other week. Great personalities and discussions.
- Marketing Over Coffee – Stay up to date with the technical side of marketing. SEO and analytics are frequent topics. It’s short and to the point with sharp commentary.
- The Brainfluence Podcast – Psychology and neuroscience applied to various aspects of marketing are discussed. Always fascinating.
- Marketing Optimization w/AlexDesigns
- The FIR Podcast – Discussions on PR and communication.
- Seminars About Long-term Thinking – Big, smart ideas.
- Freakonomics – A journalist and an economist team up and offer interesting perspectives on interesting topics.
- Psychology in Everyday Life: The Psych Files – Accessible discussions on psychology
- Smart People Podcast – Eclectic guests, smart ideas
- Radiolab – Stories!
- Landing Page Optimization – Latest developments in landing page conversion improvement
- Duct Tape Marketing – Guests share applicable marketing experience
- Under the Influence – Weekly discussions about specific advertising topics. Very well produced.
- TED Radio Hour – Theme-based topics using bits of TED talks to tell the episode’s narrative.
Six Pixels of Separation by Twist Image/Mitch Joel
Seth Godin‘s blog
Spin Sucks by Gini Dietrich
Grow by Mark W. Schaefer