Here you’ll find some of our favorite resources. Things we use everyday to make sure we’re maximizing the time we spend online. We try to keep this list as up to date as possible but we’re running a business here. Peruse and use at your own discretion. We get no money for supporting these products and services, we just think they’re great.
AdBlock – Do you dislike web ads? If you answered no, then please it moving. If you’re a normal human being and you’re not already using AdBlock you can thank me later. This plugin/extension does exactly what you think it does. It blocks nearly every ad from being displayed on your browser. I cannot overemphasize how much of a game changer this plugin is. If you’re a web dev make sure you shut it off when viewing your work as it can sometimes not display assets you’ve included.
ifttt – Have you ever wanted to connect all of your various networks and online tools? The answers is, “of course.” ifttt stands for “if that, then this,” and let’s you connect various web thingamajigs. For instance, let’s say you wanted to have all of your tweets go to LinkedIn. Or let’s say you wanted all your Instagram photos to get posted to your Tumblr. Rather then going through each application to link up your accounts (if it’s even possible) you can do it right from ifttt. The possibilities here are pretty much endless. So have fun and make your life easier.
Rapportive – Rapportive is one of my favorite tools out there right now. LinkedIn obviously agrees considering they just purchased it. Rapportive is like a little magnifying glass that allows you to see what networks people you’re communicating with on Gmail are on. You can download it as an extension for most popular web browsers and it seamlessly integrates into your gmail interface. Trust us, if you’re not using this yet you’ll thank me later after.
Quora – Quora is like the Google of questions. Available both as a mobile app and an online destination, Quora is your one stop destination for any question you might have. Get answers to all your deep burning questions by people who want to do nothing more than help you out.
BuiltWith – Have you ever wanted to know how your favorite websites are built and what specifically they’re built with? Yes, yes you have. Well with this handy website/extension that knowledge is available at the click of a button. We’re pretty much in love with the Chrome extension.
WordPress – That’s what we’re using for this here site. There are plenty of reasons to love WordPress. Vibrant community, awesome developers, clean aesthetics and tons of turn-key style features. Just be aware that there are two ways to run WordPress. You can self-host (what we’re doing) or run a blog from WordPress.com.
Blogger – Google bought Blogger a while ago and have long promised changes to the service. Outside of their dynamic views those changes are still pending. We like this platform primarily due to how easy it is to set up, but until it gets some much needed updates you might want to look elsewhere if you’re new to the game.
Tumblr – A lot can be said about this simple but powerful content sharing platform. The community is great. If you love visual media you will most likely enjoy the Tumblr community. The reblogging function built in to almost all Tumblr themes is nothing short of genius. The ability for content to go viral is definitely one of the key selling points of using Tumblr as your primary CMS.
To be clear, we loathe the term Social Media. It’s a made up phrase that merely describes the process of online relationship management. The term “social media” is so overused now it’s almost a joke. Luckily, the networks we’ll discuss below have plenty of awesome characteristics that can go a long way towards building an effective digital media strategy regardless of what you call them.
Facebook – We all know Facebook is, right? We have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. Don’t be fooled into thinking you’re going to drive a tremendous amount of sales through FB. What it is good for is building, growing and sustaining a community (partly because so many people are on it.)
Twitter – The microblogging platform that took the world by storm. Twitter rules the serendipitous platform space. Twitter is just a barrage of data flowing from a fire hose, but somehow it works. You can use twitter to connect and engage with people (we do!)
Google+ – Don’t let anyone tell you Google+ is a failed social network, because it’s not. In fact, Google+ isn’t just a social network, it’s essentially a social layer. Some of the smartest (and nicest!) people use Google+. Extremely active and smart users are some of the pros of G+.