Google Alerts: Track your web presence

Google has a host of fun tools that can help your business. I consider Google Alerts one of the most essential. With Google Alerts, you can track key words in the web world in news articles, blogs and other citations. I set them up for my last name, my company and key words related to my clients. Every mention is …

Twitter: Microblogging and social networking

It’s time, my friends. You need to get involved with social media to grow your business. Twitter brings together millions of users who write brief (I mean really brief) updates, answers to the simple question: What are you doing right now? Twitter takes some getting used to. The first few tweets you receive may say things like, “I just ate …

Wordle.net: Oodles of fun with words

Thanks to my baby sister for this wonderful site. Types words into a text book, and Wordle creates art out of your words. It works with a URL as well. My sister discovered this during a really boring class she had to take. She said they amused themselves all afternoon.  

Jing: Screen captures for free

Have you ever done a screen capture by pressing Print Screen, pasting it somewhere, editing it and sending it off? One of my favorite new (free!) tools is Jing, a little application from TechSmith, which makes the screen capture process insanely easy. Jing sits on your screen at all times in the form of a little yellow sun. You can …

WorkTime: You need this tool, but you’re not going to like it

I’m on the hunt for new free and low-cost tools to update my best resource document. Yesterday I found WorkTime from NesterSoft. WorkTime tracks every single activity on your computer. It shows you how long you surf the web, work on a document, spend writing emails. I can’t imagine a better tool for understanding where your time goes so you …