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My Favorite Social Media Tools

Web siteI’m writing this post “in the moment.” That is, I want to articulate these things, but my own social media habits change with the wind, which is how I’ve stumbled onto these things to begin with. Many are already familiar to most people who will be reading my blog, but I wanted to share my own perspective on these things.

Twitter

Twitter

What I Like…

  • People… lots of them. It’s popular and growing every day.
  • Simplicity… no games, just 140 characters as part of conversations.
  • I discover what’s relevant to my world via people with whom I have something in common.
  • Support… the other day four people on Twitter helped me fix a problem on our church’s web site in a matter of minutes.

What I Use…

FriendFeed

FriendFeed

What I Like…

  • Aggregation of all of my online profiles into one feed.
  • Real-time on the web interface.
  • Likes and comments, which are in some ways, better than retweets on Twitter.
  • The bookmarklet, which lets me add an image from whatever I’m sharing.
  • Groups, so I can browse feeds by subject matter.
  • Smooth and seemless Twitter integration – my FriendFeed posts get tweeted too. (I call FriendFeed my favorite Twitter app.)

What I Use…

Delicious

Delicious

What I Like…

  • Easy bookmarking.
  • Extensive tagging, which makes for quick searching later.
  • The ability to see how many others have bookmarked a link and how they’ve tagged it.
  • The clean and simple web interface.
  • Easy RSS feeds.

What I Use…

  • The bookmarklets are essential.
  • The iphone app (couldn’t locate a web link).

Google Reader

Google Reader

What I Like…

  • Easy! Simple. Clean. Ajaxified!
  • List view or full view.
  • Sharing option posts to Friendfeed, and in turn, to Twitter.

One tiny feature desperately needed and strangly missing is the ability to mark something as read in list view.

What I Use…

  • The web interface.
  • The mobile version is better than any feed-related app I’ve tried on the iphone.

Posterous

Posterous

What I Like…

  • Splits the difference between blogging and micro-blogging.
  • Clean!
  • Extremely easy to use on the web or by simply emailing anything (text, video, photos, etc.) to post@posterous.com.
  • Excellent bookmarklet interface.
  • Growing network of other users.
  • Import all of your contents from Tumblr, WordPress, or just about any other platform.
  • Use a custom domain.
  • Post to other profiles automatically.
  • Post only to selected profiles by emailing to flickr@posterous.com, twitter@posterous.com, etc.

What I Use…

  • The web interface.
  • The bookmarklet, which I’ve synced with Safari on my iphone to use on the go.

Others Worthy of Mention

For video, I use Vimeo to upload, transcode, store, and share clips easily. On this site and my personal blog I’ve installed Backtype as a means of pulling in comments from Twitter and other networks. So far, I’ve stuck with Flickr for photo storage and sharing. I like LinkedIn, but don’t spend much time there. And for music I enjoy Last.fm (iphone app available) and Blip.fm but Pandora (iphone app available) is my favorite.

The amazing thing about all of these tools is that combined, they make it seem as though I’m all over the web all the time. The reality is, I can pop in and out, check on things, see what’s happening, what’s new, or what’s inspirational, and then go about my life.

By the way, feel free to mention or promote another in the comments below. Profile links are welcome, spam is not.

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  • http://twitter.com/jasonvanlue jasonvanlue

    RT @brandonacox: My Favorite Social Media Tools http://ff.im/-4qG5b *Good list Brandon
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  • http://twitter.com/typemicah typemicah

    Nice list, Brandon! (RE:) My Favorite Social Media Tools: http://ff.im/-4qG5b (via @brandonacox)

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  • http://twitter.com/WSWDivas WSWDivas

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  • http://twitter.com/Mandy_Vavrinak Mandy_Vavrinak

    My Favorite Social Media Tools http://tinyurl.com/lvydy3 (found 2 I didn’t know abt)

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