43 More Top Social Media Tips And Tools

Back in January I posted a list of the 42 top social media tips and tools I came across over a six-month period.

This is an update with 43 more I’ve found over the last few months.

Tools Analytics/Measurement

Tools: 13 Tools For Tracking Discussions in the Blogosphere

Your RSS reader may give you information, but it probably won’t help you discover new, interesting sites and follow bloggers’ discussions on a subject. This is where these sites can come in handy.

Tools: 20 Analytics Tools For Blogs

Lee Odden provides a great list of web analytics tools.


 

Blogging

Tools: CommentPress

CommentPress is an open source theme for the WordPress blogging engine that allows readers to comment paragraph by paragraph in the margins of a text.

Tools: Dynamic Template Plugin for Windows Live Writer

Powerful plugin that allows you to insert frequently-used snippets of HTML and text, but also allows you to create mini-plugins of your own.

Tools: Jottit

It doesn’t get any easier to create a blog/wiki site.

Tools: Prologue

WordPress theme that provides self-hosted twitter-like functionality.

Tools: Top 10 WordPress CMS Plugins

Ten useful WordPress plugins.

Tools: Twit2RSS + JTL

Shannon Whitley combined the WordPress Twit2RSS plugin with some simple coding to let you display the links your twitter friends post.

Tools: WebSnapr Plugin for Windows Live Writer

A simple plugin for the Microsoft Windows Live Writer that adds an “Insert Thumbnail of Url” option.


Images/Graphics

Tips: Where Can You Find Good Images?

Garr Reynolds gives a list of 23 photo resources.

Tips: 45 Photoshop Tutorials for Better Navigation

A series of how-tos for creating navigation buttons in Photoshop.

Tools: 3 Online Resources for Color Creativity

Three useful resources if you need to come up a colour scheme.

Tools: EveryStockPhoto

Search engine for free photos.

Tools: Logo Creatr

A fun web 2.0-style logo creator.


Micro-blogging

Tools: HelloTxt

HelloTxt lets you update multiple social media sites with one click. Also see Twitku for a similar tool.

Tools: OutTwit

If you are an Outlook user, you probably have it open all the time. Now you can update your Twitter status and follow your friends without having to open any other applications.

Tools: Quotably

Quotably lets you track Twitter conversation threads. A few bugs, but generally very effective.

Tools: Top 10 Twitter Hacks

Kevin Dugan lists some useful tools for Twitter.

Tools: TweetStats

Interesting tool that graphs your Twitter usage. Primarily useful for satisfying personal curiosity.

Tools: Twhirl

Twhirl is a desktop client for Twitter, based on the Adobe AIR platform.

Tools: Twitterverse

Neat little tool for getting a snapshot of what’s being talked about on Twitter. A little superficial but useful if you’ve been out of it for a while.


Social Bookmarking

Tools: AddThis

Useful social bookmarking widget for blogs.

Tools: Social Media for Firefox Extension

Plug-in lets you check to see if stories have been submitted to a series of social bookmarking sites.

Tools: Votrs

Votrs.com is a URL shortening service that makes it easier for your friends to vote for stories on your favorite social sites.


PR/News Releases

Tips: Untangling Claims About Wire Services & Social Media

Courtesy of Todd Defren and SHIFT Communications: a one-slide Guide to Social Media Release Capabilities Across the Major Wire Services.

Tools: PRX Builder Plugin

Now, use PRX Builder from inside WordPress.  Post your Social Media Release right to your blog.


Podcasting

Tips: Podcast FAQ

podcastFAQ.com is a website committed to providing everything you need to know about podcasting. This site aims to contain the most up-to-date information for podcast creators, consumers and businesses.

Tips: Using Podcasts to Promote Thought Leadership

Useful audio/slideshow presentation by Steve Lubetkin.


Miscellaneous

Tips: A Complete List of the Many Forms of Web Marketing for 2008

Great detailed list of current forms of web marketing.

Tools: 35 Ways To Stream Your Life

35 lifestreaming services.

Tools: BookletCreator

BookletCreator is a free online tool that allows to create a booklet from a PDF document. It reorders pages so that after printing and folding the pages you get a small book.

Tools: DropSend

Email files of up to 1Gb. Fast, simple and secure.

Tools: Forget PowerPoint: 13 Online Presentation Apps

13 online presentation creators.

Tools: Guerilla Mail

This website provides you with disposable e-mail addresses which expire after 15 Minutes. You can read and reply to e-mails that are sent to the temporary e-mail address within the given time frame.

Tools: IPTools

A whole bunch of IP and DNS tools.

Tools: Media Converter

Converting media files made easy.

Tools: News Bar Wizard – Put Google News on Your Web Page

Embed a news bar on your web page and let your users see headlines and previews of Google News Search results that you’ve selected. Customize how the news bar should be displayed, and this wizard will write the code for you.

Tools: ProgrammeableWeb Mashups

A resource of over 2,800 mashups.

Tools: Sprout

Sprout is a quick and easy way for beginner and pro users to create living content including websites, banners, videos, music, photos, RSS feeds, calendars and more.

Tools: TagCrowd

TagCrowd is a web application for visualizing word frequencies in any user-supplied text by creating what is popularly known as a tag cloud or text cloud.

Tools: The Free IT Support Engineers Toolkit

A great list of free software tools.

Tools: Twiddla

Mark up websites, graphics, and photos, or start brainstorming on a blank canvas. Browse the web with your friends or make that conference call more productive than ever. No plug-ins, downloads, or firewall voodoo – it’s all here, ready to go when you are. Browser-agnostic, user-friendly, mom-approved. Oh yeah, it does one-click audio chats too.

Tools: Xinu

Find out how well your site is doing in popular search engines, social bookmarking and other site statistics.

(photo credit: Elsie esq.)

8 comments
john
john

You can also try www.estimix.com – a free tool that provides a nice summary of the website performance.The estimation provided by estimix is the result of a complex analysis based on factors like: the age of the website, the demographic structure of the traffic, the countries where the website is popular and sources of the traffic.

john
john

You can also try www.estimix.com – a free tool that provides a nice summary of the website performance.The estimation provided by estimix is the result of a complex analysis based on factors like: the age of the website, the demographic structure of the traffic, the countries where the website is popular and sources of the traffic.

Peter West
Peter West

Damn it David! Now where I am supposed to find the time to go through all these wonderful sites. Many thanks for taking the trouble to put this together.

Peter West
Peter West

Damn it David! Now where I am supposed to find the time to go through all these wonderful sites. Many thanks for taking the trouble to put this together.

laurent
laurent

About the 13 tools for tracking discussion in the blogosphere, I think they're like the news aggregator of the blogosphere. There's a little bit of everything and they're good to skim through during morning coffee but I can't see them being used in a professional context. I wonder how they decide to show one piece of content vs the other ;-). I've worked with clients who wanted to monitor conversations on a very specific topic (for exemple credit card for low income people) and they need a tool to slice deeply the blogosphere (find the 1000 blogs talking about personal finance so I can track those conversations that are relevant to me). Different goal, different means ;-)

laurent
laurent

About the 13 tools for tracking discussion in the blogosphere, I think they're like the news aggregator of the blogosphere. There's a little bit of everything and they're good to skim through during morning coffee but I can't see them being used in a professional context. I wonder how they decide to show one piece of content vs the other ;-). I've worked with clients who wanted to monitor conversations on a very specific topic (for exemple credit card for low income people) and they need a tool to slice deeply the blogosphere (find the 1000 blogs talking about personal finance so I can track those conversations that are relevant to me). Different goal, different means ;-)

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