Being effective means having the right tools to help you get the job finished quickly and efficiently. I’ve noticed that there are a handful of web sites/applications that I use almost daily that help me get things done. Below are four of the top places I go to throughout my day- and they are all free to use. Many have an upgraded version at a cost for additional features, but I have found that the free versions work fine for my needs.
If you’re not familiar with Jing, this is the easiest way to snap all or part of your screen (i.e. when you just want to grab a portion of a web page) or take screen capture video. The program will allow up to five minutes of video. I use this almost daily for the screen capture feature, but the video capability is also helpful, but has some limitations.
If you send large files and may not be sure if your recipient will receive it because of their server limitations or spam filters, the safest alternative is to use You Send It. You can send files up to 100MB and know they will receive them.
Delicious is a social bookmarking service that allows you to tag, save, manage and share Web pages all in one place. Instead of having different bookmarks on every computer, Delicious makes it easy to have a single set of bookmarks kept in sync between all of your computers. Even if you’re not on a computer you own, you can still get to your bookmarks on the Delicious website. I don’t know about you, but I have hundreds of web sites that I’ve bookmarked, and I would hate to lose them. Now, with Delicious, they are saved and retrievable from any computer.
Social media, especially Twitter, have made it essential to use link shorteners. I found that using Bud Url provides a custom shortened URL that I can use in all my social media sites as well as any other place that I want to track click through and open rates, such as links to QR codes, long PDF file names, and in emails.
If you have any web sites/applications that you use frequently, please share them in the comments.