For my day job I am constantly testing out new sites, new tools and more, to see how sourcing life can be made easier. It’s really a great part of my job, because I get to look at products that not only help me find people, but also keep me organized and on top of things! So here’s my list – and this is my list as of Tuesday, October 7th of tools to try.
)– This plugin for Outlook is fabulous for giving you a snapshot of the people you interact with, the last documents you’ve exchanged and conversations you’ve had. It has saved me so much time as compared to hunting through Outlook with keywords. All contact information is displayed and even if my contact is online right at that moment. Hugely helpful.
)– I’ve been a fan of Twitter for a while now, it’s been great for branding the company I work for, the blogs I write for and most importantly, to find people. If you need information, it’s a quick and easy way to get feedback from your peers.
) – when you know you’ll have announcements throughout a section of time, go ahead and enter on Tweetlater. It keeps you from inundating your followers all at once, yet keeps them apprised of your events and appearances, nice tool to assist you with your corporate branding.
) – networking management – hits it all – IM, Email, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. I prefer this site to Flock and others, even with it’s growing pains. Although there is one “contender” for being my alternate favorite. Why? See my next favorite.
iGoogle – you can set this “desktop” up to track all your social networking sites, LinkedIn, Google Docs, Reader, Gmail, Bookmarks, Alerts and more. When you just need one stop shopping, iGoogle offers it. And it’s what YOU make of it. So if an add-on isn’t what you needed, take it off!
Chrome – I love this browser for search. I made it my default when it first rolled out so I could try it, fully expecting to return to IE. I don’t think I’ll be going back. I know Google will roll out even more functionality – but if you’re a Google addict (which could be said of me), you’ll appreciate searching from the address bar, the tabs, the shortcuts, the display of your most recently viewed pages, the bookmarks bar and more!
What’s on your list? I’m always looking for new tools to evaluate – send them to me at http://www.twitter.com/sourcerkelly