Sunday, February 05, 2006

My web-based applications collection update 1

It occurs to me that I neglected to name some of the services that I use all of the time in my original post, so here are the stragglers:

  • SnipURL — Is it just me or do some companies just generate the most ridiculously long URLs?  SnipURL turns long URLs into short, manageable URLs.  I’ve just started using SnipURL, but I’ve got to say that I am really impressed; I definitely like the ability to track click volume through the snipped URLs, so expect to see more snipped URLs on my blogs (please note that I will never snip links that go direct to other blog posts that I might be referencing, only really long and stupid URLs).
  • ClipMarks — Web content clipping service that allows you to clip portions of pages, entire pages, text, pictures, etc.  I’m not sure why I neglected to include this on the initial list because I use it quite extensively.  The vast majority of my clips are private, but I am going to be working on tagging and getting a lot of the content public over the next month.
  • YouSendIt — A service that hosts large files and sends an e-mail link to those files to and e-mail address rather than killing someone’s e-mail box.  I’ve found that as Powerpoint files and graphics get larger there are less and less peoples’ mailboxes that will accept massively large files.  YouSendIt hosts your files on their server and allows people for whom you provide e-mail addresses to access the file via a web interface.  Certainly I think about the sensitivity of items that I post to their site, but it’s a great service that I’ve been using for a few weeks.
  • Meebo — A website that allows you log on to AIM/ICG, GTalk/Jabber, Yahoo! Messenger, and MSN.  I’ve been using this so much more than Trillian that I’ve uninstalled Trillian from my computer.

Part of the reason that I forgot the services above in my original post is because I don’t have them cohesively organized.  What I’m thinking about doing because I keep all my bookmarks on del.icio.us is putting all my critical web apps in my bookmarks folder on Firefox and then using the bookmarks sidebar so that I can easily access them.  In addition, I’m going to come up with a unique del.icio.us tag for all of the sites so that I can open the del.icio.us site in a tab if I’m not using my computer.  If anyone has another suggestion on how to do this, I’d love to hear it.  I suppose that I could use a personal start page like Pageflakes (which, by the way, is now working with Firefox) or Protopage, but I have not yet found a favorite.

1 comment:

eric goldstein said...

Looking forward to seeing your public clipmarks!! Thanks for including us.