Tools To Die For

It’s the halfway point of 2012, and I have one extremely important question for everyone.  What services, apps, or websites are still on your “can’t live without” list?

I’m not sure when the Social Media boom officially hit, but I know for me I really started to pay attention in 2008.  I think when Twitter got hot, this whole movement became very real.  However, in the four years since I started paying attention, some have gone by the wayside, but some have remained and are still important.

Google Reader
Remember The Milk
Google Voice
Google +
Google Drive
Google Talk
You Tube
Google Alerts
Google Bookmarks

SocialMedian (before XING)

Gist – this one is the most difficult for me.  I love when they came out.  I loved the fact that I used to find past email conversations with any of my contacts with ease.   But for over a year, I have had error messages whenever I try to do that.  And their Android app is terrible.
CircleBack – when it was DubMeNow, it worked better, IMHO.  It’s still a great place to put all of your contacts.  But with Linkedin Card Munch, CardCloud, and Hello by Evernote coming on, it’s only a matter of time before this disappears from my phone.
Pandora – still a great service, but with Spotify on the scene, I find myself logging in less than once a quarter.


I would be very interested to hear which ones you are still using and which ones you have discarded.  I also want to know about great tools that I didn’t mention.


Back In The Day Biz Card #1


Rest in peace, Watkins.

I have always wanted to do a series on the business cards I have collected over the years, but it is with a heavy heart that I make Dave Watkins the first person I profile.  He passed away on Friday, October 28, five days after his 44th birthday.

It’s not that Dave and I were best friends – we hadn’t spoken in a bit, but we stayed in contact via Facebook.  I met him 20 years ago, in 1991.  He was atThe Source and I was at Tommy Boy.  We clicked immediately. When he left and started Da Streets, he hooked me up with gear – those incredibly popular HBCU hoodies.  When I lost my job at Jive in 1996, he let me know about an event he was handling for 100 Black Men, in which they were honoring Oprah Winfrey and they needed ushers.  It was easy cash money and a great place to rub noses with movers and shakers.  That little gig meant a great deal to me, since I was very humbled at that moment, and no one else made a real offer to put money in my pocket.  The biz card above was for Icon Lifestyle Marketing, which became such a success, Crain’s put Watkins in their coveted 40 Under 40 in 2000.

He was good people.  And in this industry, that’s the highest compliment you can give.  When you heard him laugh, you immediately wanted to hear him do that again.

If you would like to see how many people he touched, go to his Facebook page. His funeral service brought everyone out, and it was a reunion that he would have been proud to see.

I know Dave will keep the folks up there busting their stitches and slapping their knees.   Rest in peace to a true networker.

Are You A “Community Data Guerrilla?” And Other Links


Here are some articles from the last week or so that I read with interest.
Many thanks to Tommy Walker, Sam Fiorella, Martin Bryant, Amit Argawal and Dan Taylor.

Maybe it’s time for you to throw a few pennies at mobile phone stock.  Traditional media’s biggest nemesis is on the thing on your hip.

Does your business card say, “Social Media God?”  If so, check this article out.

I have already written a few pieces on Rapportive, but if you have not discovered it yet, what are you waiting for?

I have a Tumblr, but it was where I parked some of my feeds.  I guess that is a thing of the past.

And a blog post that I’m sure the Winklevi and Eduardo have bookmarked (NOT!).

Need More People To Engage With On Twitter? Try SocialOomph

All of you busy networkers who think they don’t have time to tweet, please listen up.  Twitter can be noisy, but if you tailor it to your needs, it can be one of the most useful tools you will ever employ.

Even the most dedicated tweeter cannot watch their Twitterstream 24 hours/7 days a week.  They use monitoring tools.  And many of the good ones are free and simple to set up.  The one that I have recently been playing with is SocialOomph (formerly known as TweetLater).  In the free service, you can schedule tweets from multiple accounts, make extended Twitter profiles, and save drafts of tweets.  In the paid version, you can schedule Facebook status/wall updates and multiple blog posts. I’m not going to list all the  features, you can go to their site to see the full list.   I use SocialOomph to track several keywords and my mentions/retweets in a digest email that is sent twice a day.

This a great way to find people who are tweeting about your topics.  Publicists are always looking for free ways to build up media contacts/tastemakers list.  At the end of the day (or week), I check my SocialOomph digests and find new Twitterers to follow and new people who may be interested in my clients and/or projects.

Try it and comment on which features appeal to you.