My top lovely web apps

Days past, the first thing I would do when I turned the laptop on was to turn on Outlook. Not any more. The first things I do are open Google Chrome, TweetDeck, then Outlook.

Then… before I used Chrome, I would have had iGoogle as my homepage. I spent aged putting all the widgets together, and found it incredibly useful.

Now I use Chrome, iGoogle doesn’t get a look-in.  iGoogle has been replaced by the extension gallery in the top right hand side of my screen – why go to a place where the web is brought to you, when you can carry it around with you wherever you go?!

I have only highlighted a few of them, but they are all lovely in their own special way.

Google Dictionary – amazing. Highlight any word and a definition pops up!

Google Reader – gives a count of the number of unread items in Reader (I’m doing quite well at the moment!).

Remember the Milk – brilliant for telling me what to do!

Delicious – takes you to the site, adds new bookmarks, very regularly used

Bit.ly sidebar – very useful, shortens and tweets automatically. Also, hover over a shortened link and you get the final destination.

Feedly – turns Google Reader into a magazine style view. Really nice UI, and some nice recommendations as well!

Cooliris – allows you to look at images in a different way, especially good for an image search in Google or Flickr

Evernote – my new best-friend. I use it pretty much all the time to permanently save web pages, links, pictures, anything.

Google Wave – Well, I live in hope that it will be used!

There are a couple of other greats that are not shown:

Google Quick Scroll – never click on page 2 ever again!

FastestChrome – highlight any word and it will give you four different search options. Google, Twitter, OneRiot and Wikipedia

Now, all I need is an extension to do my work, and make the tea, and I will be a happy man!

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7 thoughts on “My top lovely web apps

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  2. Do you use outlook or remember the milk for task management? I recommend Pixlr grabber.I also use outlook for note taking aswell.. Usually by creating myself a taskI also use outlook for RSS feeds. What advantage do you find w/ Google reader?I use outlook so much because my phone/web and outlook connects to the same exchange server so I get the same experience on any device.

  3. I use RTM for tasks – find it easier than Outlook for managing tasks across different groups of people, and sorting into different themes. I do sync with Outlook Tasks through my BlackBerry which helps keep things together!I haven't used Pixlr before, so will now…I use Google Reader to keep all of the RSS feeds in one place, and like the recommendations if throws up as well. I don't read them in Reader though, I do that through Feedly – easier to share.

  4. You have been so lovely and dogged in answering my tweets, I thought I would just go to the source.It's looking like Google Chrome is maybe what I want…feedly looks fun but it is not what I meant in my queries. I'm also a little annoyed with GoogleReader and am using FeedDemon, but that's another story.I use a shared computer and don't want to stay connected all the time on all of my sites. What I was thinking of was a kind of page in itself I could connect to through some sort of über password system, and then just be able to drop in and out of all of my favorite social networking sites freely without opening a zillion tabs nor having to re-log in. It sounds so simple, yet doesn't seem that easy to find. Maybe Google Chrome is the answer. Can you sign in and sign out of the toolbar?Anyway, I'm going to subscribe to your blog because you have been so nice and it looks like it would answer a lot of my intermediate-level geek questions.

  5. What a lovely comment, thank you!You can't sign out of the toolbar unfortunately. I like feedly as it brings me all of the rss feeds together in one lovely place; and it gets me twitter and facebook into the same place.I will have another think…there must be something!!

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