Alex's Tech Thoughts

Digital Tools I Use Everyday

I’ve been thinking about tools I use everyday and wondered how they stacked up to others.

Here is what I use:

1) Twitter (news)

2) Facebook (distribution of my blog and keeping up with friends)

3) LinkedIn (getting updates on who moved jobs, looking up people, connecting with others)

4) Google+ and Skype (google hangouts with Dwolla team for daily meeting and skype for other calls)

5) Google Docs (I rarely use Microsoft Word or Excel- only if I’m in a spot with no internet)

6) Tumblr (post my blog on Tumblr)

7) Gmail and Gchat (to email and chat)

8) Instagram (when I take photos)

9) Foursquare (using Explore to find places around me or to let friends know where I am)

10) Citibank and American Express (check on my finances)

11) Reddit and Hacker News (I’m mostly a lurker, but peruse both each day)

12) Dwolla (I work there and I pay people back with Dwolla)

13) Eventbrite (I typically have an event going on, so I check Eventbrite frequently)

14) Verizon, Time Warner, Con Edison (check my bills almost daily)

15) Games: Angry Birds, Derby Jackpot (Angry Birds played typically in the subway if no internet)

16) Spotify (I listen at my desk and with mobile app- easily worth the $10 a month)

17) Brewster (I have found it to be a much better address book)

18) Dropbox (sharing files and such)

I’m sure I am missing a few, but that is a good high level overview.

What am I missing? What do you use that is awesome and you can’t live without?

Leave it in the comments below.

Good Things Happen When You Hang Out In Early Adopting Platforms

When you hang out in new platforms, whether they take off or not, you are putting yourself in a position for good things to happen.

Two examples:

A few months ago when Instagram came out, someone I know saw that someone from a company he wanted to work with took a photo on instagram right next to their office (the office in the sentence belonging to the someone I know). The someone-I-know sent the photo-taker a message saying that his office was a block away and that he (the photo-taker) should swing by. The photo-taker did and now they are in late stages of working together.

I was on Turntable last Saturday night and was in a random room DJ’ing. I happen to have a Chromebook and when you DJ with a Chromebook it shows up and looks pretty cool (that is my avatar in the photo). One of the guys in the room and I started talking. We get to what we do and I tell him that I work at Aviary. He is working on a photo sharing mobile app and looking for editing and filter tools but doesn’t have the means to build it in-house. We had a call the next day and are now talking about integrating Aviary’s API into his app.

So, get yourself on new web and mobile platforms. Good things are bound to happen.

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