I, like a lot of other people, enjoyed reading Jay Baer’s recent post where he outlined the 39 social media tools he uses in a typical day.
Like a lot of other people (I imagine), his post encouraged me to do my own ‘tools review’ – and, quite worryingly, I’d used / tested more than 100 tools in the first two months of 2010.
Once I stopped hyperventilating, I took a great deal of solace in the discovery of five tools / services that have made my social media world A LITTLE SIMPLER (so far) in 2010.
threadsy – integrated messaging hub
They say: threadsy is the world’s first integrated communications client. It combines email, Twitter, Facebook and the broader social web into a unique, enjoyable experience that provides deep context on the people you message with.
My translation: Gmail + Hotmail + Facebook + Twitter + IM + contact information + archiving = living ‘happily’ together on one busy looking, but manageable, screen (see below).
What’s missing? I’m a PC, so if it integrated my Outlook it could potentially mean I finally have the ultimate messaging solution. Nudge, nudge.
Evernote – online filing cabinet and sorter supreme
They say: Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your notable life using your computer, phone and the web.
My translation: Electronic post it notes + an automatic filing system + user-friendly ‘searchability’ = a place I trust more than my bank to store, file and keep all the important information I find everyday, mostly online.
What’s missing? Until recently I thought it, like most other cool tools, it wasn’t available on Blackberry…turns out it is…lovely! I’m even tempted to go premium on this one…which as they point out is pocket change.
NutshellMail – social media personal assistant
They say: NutshellMail takes copies of all your latest updates in your social networking and emailing accounts and places them in a snapshot email.
The NutShellmail update is then set to your primary email address on your schedule.
My translation: New followers + latest quitters + latest direct messages + latest replies + latest status updates = my twice a day snapshot of the things I need to respond to / make note of.
This is such a time saver, it really is like a virtual personal assistant.
What’s missing? A nice cup of tea and some biscuits.
Posterous – easy-to-use, ‘mid-level’ blogging
They say: Posterous is the dead simple way to post everything. Just email us.
My translation: Twitter + Blogger / WordPress = the mid-sized love child of Blogging / Micro Blogging.
I use Posterous as my half-way house. If my Blog is my social media hub and Twitter is my real-time connection to the social-sphere, Posterous fills that gap in the middle, allowing me to post mid-sized bites / thoughts that require more than 140 characters but less than 250 words.
What’s missing? Until yesterday, I found posting images via the web option impossible – however this can be solved via a simple plug-in (h/t to @emilycagle)
AlertRank – Google alerts on steroids
They say: Better Buzz Management for Google Alerts. The ‘secret weapon’ of top SEOs, online marketers and PR pros, that helps them instantly identify top priority buzz, stay focused, and on top of their workloads and their clients’ expectations.
My translation: Google Alerts on steroids.
Once you’ve set up your Google alerts, this very simply ranks them in order of importance as the content featuring those key words ‘goes live’ and delivers them in priority order at times that suit you.
So, there you go.
Not quite 39 like Jay’s impressive list, but if you fancy a bit of streamlining, these might come in handy.
Until next time.