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Favourite Web 2.0 Tools

I’ve though i might collate some of the top web 2.0 tools that i have been using for awhile and some that I have just started using for the purpose of this Enterprise 2.0 unit.

  • Dropbox

  • To date is my favourite service to come out of the web 2.0 sphere. What Dropbox offers is a simple way of having your files shared and synchronized amongst multiple computers, Mac, PC or even linux. I’ve found Dropbox to be a perfect solution when managing life between your laptop out and about at uni and a PC sitting at home with the files on it you need. What really drew me towards this service is that it is absolutely FREE to have an account that allocates you 2GB of online storage. There are paid options through Dropbox that can offer you 50GB and 100GB storage options at a reasonable monthly cost. Dropbox also offers the ability to still have access to files that have been deleted for up to 30 days on free accounts and for an unlimited time on paid accounts. Giving all uses the safeguard of knowing if a file is deleted it is still fully recoverable. Since release Dropbox has promoted its referral scheme where users of free and paid accounts can refer people to the service with the bonus of getting free additional storage. Free accounts can add an additional 3GB of free storage (250mb per referral), and paid accounts 6GB (500mb per referral), just by getting friends to try the service. This is definitely a 10/10 service that everyone should try!!

  • Google Apps

  • The very long list of google services have been at the forefront of web 2.0 services for many years. Google Apps have produced many of the services that many including myself use every single day. Services like gmail, docs and calendar have been brought a seamless integration to both online and offline creation of office documents as well as email creation to managing events through Google Calendar. What these Google services have done over many local based aplicaitons is have the ability for true data portability across multiple devices, whether you are online or offline though the use of Google gears.

  • feedburner

  • A free solution to generating a RSS feed for any new blog or website. As well as providing statistical data about the feed and the number of clicks each link has generated per day or even the total number of subscribers to the RSS feed. This is super useful and easy to set up, not to mention has the ability to incorporate adsense to even make some money out of it as well.

  • twitterfeed

  • This is a perfect way if you want an automatic way of getting notifications of new blog posts you create to your twitter account. Twitterfeed is what the name suggest and works by checking your RSS feed for any updates and will generate a new update to your twitter account(s). You have full control on how the message displayed on twitter, even choosing your favourite url shortening service. Twitterfeed is a perfect tool for streamlining notification to twitter followers and expanding the reaches of any blog.

  • Netvibes

  • Netvibes has been my home page on every computer I own for the past 3 years, what it offers is a simple way to aggregate all your RSS feeds, using heavily embedded web technologies like xml and AJAX to help with the customisation of your personal page and incorporation with widgets that have been developed through their API. These widgets work very similar to what you would find in OSX and vista, where you can freely move content around to suit your style. Netvibes has even made it easier to add new content to your personal page by choosing feeds from a pretty extensive library of recommended widgets and most popular RSS feeds based on other users. But it doesn’t stop with RSS feeds from news sites, it supports rich media like content from audio and video podcasts, social networks and as well as email accounts. Netvibes is a perfect way to manage your time when online if you find yourself bouncing around multiple sites!


Making a good blog post?

Since I have been only blogging now for 3 weeks, I will say that I am far from an expert (well for the moment) to know really how to get exactly my message across to my readers. So I am basing my knowledge on what makes a good post is on the feeds that I like and the reasons why I like them. So here they are,  my top 5 blogs that I can’t go a day without reading.

Matt’s top 5 Blogs

  1. Engadget
  2. Gizmodo
  3. MacRumors
  4. LifeHacker
  5. Mashable!

So why these sites, well the frequency of updates is very important in the world that is tech news, as everything is changing so rapidly being the first to the story will draw massive amounts of traffic. But the ability to back it up with credible sources and technical information is very important as well. I know that this blog entry will be long, however what I like about these sites is the simplicity in the nature of the posts and the trust I have for the authors of the posts.

On the other hand, what makes makes a horrible blog entry? I find that many major news sites when covering a topic fail to link to the original item (particularly a video) that they are referring to. And I find it very frustrating to have to go search for what they are talking about. This I hope I never do!!

Doing a very quick google search lead me to Lorelle who has been an avid blogger for over 10 years as well as published many books about blogging tips.  I did find one of her post a massive help, as it listed a collection of all of her previous guides (many directly dealing with wordpress) extremely useful. Even though the post was written in 2005 it is still has the core values of what a blog should incorporate.  You can find her blog entry here.

I will say it is oddly satisfying having your own RSS feeds to content that you have created, it’s a proud moment for a young blogger, that or get on the front page of digg.

I’ve also looked into how to get RSS feeds of my blog post made available. At the moment I have the free version of wordpress, so it is very limited in the native plugins that are made available in the sidebar (hopefully host my own blog in the next coming months, very excited). So I  have turned towards feedburner as it is extremely simple to use. I will say it is oddly satisfying having your own RSS feeds to content that you have created, it’s a proud moment for a young blogger, that or get on the front page of digg. A site i have found very useful is as they go into detail about different avenues on implementing RSS in wordpress as well as read RSS feeds, extremely helpful!!!

So after all this work will I continue to blog after this unit, the answer probably yes. It’s about self expression in a very accessible medium for friends, family and even strangers to read which I’m very excited about. The amount of money that is generated through advertising on the major blogs sites will fuel their success until there are no more stories to report on, which is never. What seems to be evolving is micro blogging services like twitter and friendfeed to shout out information to the masses. This is where majority of the everyday blogger will flock to now, but my thoughts on twitter is best for another post.