9 Tools I’m Using Every Day
Ian Lurie Jan 7 2009
Hard to believe, but I’m not much of a tools guy. I tend to use a text editor, an image editor, an outlining tool and a Moleskine. So, when I use a new tool more than four times, it’s worth writing about.
To all the folks who send me tools for reviews and stuff, please, do not take it personally. I’m a Luddite in geek’s clothing.
Here are the current winners:
- Evernote makes me smile every time I use it. It’s a fantastic note taking platform. If I find a useful web page, I click my Firefox Evernote add-in and bingo, it’s saved and tagged. I can also write notes, upload audio and a bit more with their premium service. Just try it!
- Drop.io is a universal drop box for anything you can deliver via e-mail, voice mail, a Firefox add-in, manual upload or their nifty API. Then I can share the same content via RSS feed, Facebook, e-mail or SMS. Want an instant podcast? Leave voicemails and then provide a link to the Dropcast.
- Smush.it is a Firefox add-in that helps you optimize images for fastest downloads. Visit a web page, click the Smush.it button and get a nice, neat report showing which images can be better compressed. Even better, they compress the images for you.
- The Firefox Web Developer’s Toolbar Add-in lets me test web pages, outline headings and other page elements and test pages a dozen different ways. It’s nerdvana in less than a megabyte.
- Jott.com lets you call and leave voice mail messages. Jott will then e-mail you the message (as text) right away, or as a reminder later. You can also forward the message to Twitter or your blog.
- The Moleskine Notebook goes with me everywhere. It never crashes, doesn’t require batteries, can be fed into a shredder and weighs less than a laptop. Plus, my kids can doodle in it on long plane flights.
- Tweetdeck is what really made me understand the value of Twitter. It makes the service usable, searchable and generally accessible to an old fart like me.
- Google Reader is a great tool to help me manage all the information I have to sift through every day.
- I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my Blackberry. In an iPhone-crazed world, I just gotta point out that this little phone rocks. It lets me handle e-mail, twitter and instant messaging. I can use GPS plus Google Maps and get great directions, too (I now navigate NYC subways like a champ).
Nifty stuff. Together, these tools help me solve problems. Give ’em a look – if they help me, they can help anyone.
Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent Inc. He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Forbes.com and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, SIC and ad:Tech. Follow him on Twitter at portentint. He also just published a book about strategy for services businesses: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle. Read More