KwiClick is a great Firefox Add-on that increases your productivity by adding Google Search and a lot of other options to your right-click menu. Once installed, the add-on lets you set up a number of mouse options to perform various functions. For example, you can highlight a word on any page and you will see a search KwiClick option when you open the right-click menu. Choosing that will search Google for the highlighted word and open results in a small window that you can look at while browsing the internet.
If you are more of a social network addict, you can set that option to search Twitter instead of Google. There a number of providers you can choose from including YouTube, Yahoo!, Veoh, Delicious e.t.c. You can also set options to open the results in a new window or new tab.
You can also use KwiClick to share links and videos on various social networks like Facebook and Twitter. KwiClick allows you to watch videos while you browse the web and email them to your friends with a single click. Here is a complete list of things that you can do with KwiClick.
You can get the add-on here.
KwiClick is one of those tools that are packed with features but struggle with user-friendliness. KwiClick is a great tool but it can be even better if it is tweaked for a smoother experience.
Rating: 2.5/5 (Good)
We have previously mentioned a number of tools to schedule messages for Twitter and now we want to tell you about a great web app that lets you schedule messages for Facebook as well.
Sendible is a handy tool that lets you send emails, SMS as well as social media messages in future. Simply sign up for a free account and integrate your email and social media accounts with Sendible. When you are ready to compose a message, just select the contact on Facebook you want to send the message to, type the message and select the time you want the message delivered.
Similarly, you can also use Sendible to schedule a status update for Facebook as well as other social media sites. You can specify the exact time you want your update to be posted and also include a shortened URL in your update. You can set up one time status updates or recurring ones.
Sendible is a great tool to schedule messages and status updates for later. The number of features Sendible offers is huge but the process of adding your contacts and selecting your recipients needs to be more user-friendly. Overall, it is a great app with tremendous potential.
Ratings: 3/5 (Very Good)
There are several plugins/widgets that let you display updates from your Twitter or Facebook account on your blog. However, there are very few that cater to all the social media platforms. BloggyBits is one of them.
BloggyBits is a social widget for your blog that lets you display updates from various social media including Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon, Flickr and Delicious. It also lets you display updates from a custom RSS feed and your URL from the social media service.
Simply head over to www.BloggyBits.com, select the services you want to use and configure your widget. Once done, you will be provided with an HTML code that you can paste on your blog/website to embed the widget. You also have the option to edit your widget later through a unique edit sent to your email address.
BloggyBits is a great way to display social media updates on your blog. It eliminates the need for having separate plugins for each social media service.
Ratings: 3/5 (Very Good)
HootSuite has been one of the most popular Twitter clients around. People specifically like it for its unique features like multiple Twitter accounts support and tracking your shortened URLs.
Well, HootSuite is just getting better each day. They just added support for Facebook and LinkedIn as well. So now you can manage three of the most popular social networks from a single application. To add your Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, simply click on settings and follow the instructions. If you need help doing that, here are some detailed instructions.
Not to forget that HootSuite lets you schedule Twitter messages for future, and now you can do the same with Facebook and LinkedIn. Moreover, their iPhone app is supposed to be in the works too. With these many features, HootSuite is bound to give a tough competition to huge clients like TweetDeck and Seesmic.
With declining revenues for print media, they are trying all sorts of things to survive. One of them, News Corp, thinks it would be better to block Google from indexing their online content and prevent their news items from appearing in Google News.
Rupert Murdoch, owner of News Corp, is supposedly not too happy dealing with Google and is thinking about switching to Bing. He owns some very popular newspapers including Times of London and Newyork Post. Some other newspapers like Denver Post and Dallas Morning News are also thinking of pulling some of their stories from Google News.
A popular alternative that is being suggested to resolve the issue is that newspapers would offer both paid and free content, with free content being indexed by search engines to bring them more traffic.
What do you think would happen to a popular newspaper if it pulls out from Google, would it survive without traffic from the major search engine and news site?
Just recently launched, Brizzly is a web-based application to manage both Twitter and Facebook at the same time. It is a convenient tool for those who use both the social networks and dread the hassle of switching back and forth.
For Twitter, Brizzly lets you do almost everything that any other client offers including updating status, reading updates from other people, sending and reading direct messages, creating lists and saved searches. What actually sets Brizzly apart from other clients are these unique features that are seldom found in other applications.
Brizzly lets you:
- Manage multiple Twitter accounts from a single platform.
- View the complete web address behind any shortened URL.
- Keyboard shortcuts to scroll through your tweets.
- Filter tweets with pictures by clicking on the pictures tab.
- Create drafts for your tweets.
- See why a topic is trending. Read explanations by others or add your own.
- Switch between a standard and wide view for reading tweets.
Brizzly is a great web-based tool to manage Twitter. Some of these features are not really unique but it is the first time that so many useful features are packed into a single Twitter application.
If you often work with images online, you know how hard it can be to save images for later use. Downloading them on your hard drive becomes impractical after a while and uploading them on a free image hosting service like Photobucket takes a lot of time and effort. Also, if you save images from the web in a traditional way, there is no way to find out later where you got that image from.
An excellent alternative is to bookmark the images you like with Visualize. Visualize is a bookmarking tool that allows you to collect images with a single click. The easiest way to accomplish this is to add the Firefox Add-on. After that, whenever you see an image that you want to bookmark, right-click on it and select Add image to vi.sualize.us.
You will then be prompted to add any tags or description to the image if you want. You will see that the tool automatically fills out the title of the image and the original link so you don’t have trouble finding the information later.
All these images are stored in your free account at Visualize and can be browsed or searched easily. You can also browse through images that other users have bookmarked.
Visualize is a great tool to book mark images online. It saves you the hassle of downloading/uploading images and trying to remember their information. The ability to custom tag the images is a great plus.
Default, gray-looking buttons are so 1990s. Button, once considered to a negligible element of design, is now believed to be a very important one. However, creating cool buttons is not so easy since it involves a lot of HTML and CSS coding behind it. What should one do if they don’t know any HTML or CSS?
Here’s an awesome web app that can help. It lets you generate cool buttons for your website without writing a single line of code. Simply specify the desired color of your button and the MouseOver color you would like. If you want, you can also add a gradient effect to your button by checking the gradient box.
This tool by iWebToolsOnline also lets you generate buttons with rounded corners without any hassle. Simply enter the corner radius you want for your buttons and the tool will do the rest. Once created, you can download the CSS and the images as a zip file.
This Button-Generator is a great tool to save web designers a lot of time and effort. It is really useful for people who can’t or don’t want to write extensive code to generate buttons.
Time tracking can be a hassle. One of the biggest problems with traditional time tracking applications is to enter accurate details of how much time you spent on different tasks. It becomes even more complex if you have to divide your time into subtasks.
If you are looking for a feature-rich yet simple-to-use time tracking application, Klok is the answer. Klok lets you create and keep track of tasks and subtasks by simply pressing the start button when you start working and pressing the stop button when you are done. You can color code each task differently and view them in context of a week or a project.
You can also manually enter previously spent time in Klok and generate reports. Klok provides the ability to generate monthly, weekly or project based reports. While setting up a new project, you can also enter the estimated time you wish to spend on that project. The ability to write comments for each time entry makes it even better.
You can also archive your old reports once you are done with them and go back in any point of time to generate reports.
Klok is an awesome and one of the simplest time-tracking tools available. The fact that you can see time spent on different projects in a color coded and easy-to-read chart is an amazing feature.
Techie-Buzz Rating: 5/5
When we think of Sony, we think of gaming consoles, Televisions and cyber shot cameras. Being too focused on hardware and not making a mark in software and digital world is a huge issue with Sony. However, all that may change with this recent announcement.
Sony just announced that they plan to launch an online store to sell music, books, movies and other downloadable applications for mobile devices. No dates or specifications have been disclosed yet but speculations are that it will be very similar in nature to Apple’s iTunes. With a number of mobile devices like mp3 players, ebook readers e.t.c. , the store will work as a platform to link all such products to Sony’s digital library.
With thin margins in hardware, Sony does need to make this one work to be profitable like earlier and to become a top player in the market. As part of their strategy to move into the software market, Sony also brought in Tim Schaaf, one of the main software people at Apple, back in 2006.