PodCamp Western MA 5 was this past Saturday, and as always, it was wall-to-wall fun, excitement, learning, sharing, and laughs. It’s great to actually see in person so many of the people with whom I correspond daily within my social media circles.
My two favorite sessions occurred in the afternoon. One was called Social Media Therapy, lead by Jaclyn Stevenson. I was too curious about the title to not go, and I’m sure glad I did. It was essentially a brainstorming/problem solving session for people who make a living doing social media.
The other was the second annual Productivity Tips and Tricks session hosted by yours truly and Lesley Lambert. We had about 50 people in a big room sharing ideas about apps and tips that make them more productive and help them get through their days. These included things for business as well as personal life.
I was a very enthusiastic tweeter and retweeter throughout PodCamp, and I went through my tweets to compile a list of apps and tips that I want to try. I’d like to share that list with you below:
- Use Siri to create a note and then you can add to Evernote as needed! Great for ongoing "to do" list!
- Flashit: app to flash messages like "Stop Tailgating.”
- Out of milk: app to create shopping lists by store – I have installed this one already, and I love it!
- Remember the milk: app for task management
- Cam Card: scans business cards and ads to contacts
- Comet Docs: new free PDF converter and simple doc manager
- Owncloud: open source option to Dropbox
- Google Drive: can work collaboratively on documents and store them in the cloud. 5 G storage free vs 2 G on Dropbox
- Evernote Clear: strips out ads and junk on a page, so you can read or send a clean version to your Evernote.
- Animoto remains a popular picture collage to video program
- Picassa has collage feature. I have to check that out!
- Picstitch for photo collages
- Picmonkey for photo edits
- CanStockPhoto for good quality cheap photos
- Wordle.com: to create word clouds (we learned about this one last year, and it came up again)
- Flickr: still a great place to find photos with creative commons license for blog posts
- Feedly may be best transition from Google Reader. Seamlessly move all your feeds. I must check this one out.
- Netvibes: open tabs with search strings/hashtags
- LinkedIn for journalists Group: free training. Attend and get free LinkeIn Executive membership for a year.
Those last 3 came up fast, so I just tweeted out the names without an explanation. I can’t remember what they do, so if you’re curious, check them out.
Image credit: Seth Kaye Photography