Wanted: Productivity Tips for the Swamped Search Marketer
Being a blogger, it’s crucial that I’m in the know and on top of the news. I’ve been using a number of tools to help me do this. RSS is obviously a big one, but if it’s been more than a few days since I last opened my feeds, I’m almost afraid to check. The info overload is daunting.
On Twitter today, my buddy @chuckallied chirped:
So there are two important things I wanted to point out in this story. To understand point number one, first you gotta read it. Will has summed up a fascinating observation about the obfuscated effect of the nofollow tag. But that’s a piece of news for another time. The reason I’ve woven Will’s article in this tapestry of a diatribe is to highlight this choice bit:
Many people are leaving their RSS feed readers untouched and getting their news via links their friends drop on Twitter.
Hey, he read my mind! I’ve been getting my dose of daily news from Twitter for the past few weeks. And it’s really quite entertaining. I’ve found a healthy mix of the funny, outrageous and educational just by following the shrunken links coming through the timeline. And by picking out the juicy ones, I always end up with more than enough to fill a Friday Recap or five.
But it got me thinking. What other productivity tools am I missing out on?
Using Tweet3 you can read the timelines, replies and direct messages of multiple Twitter accounts all from one place. There’s also a URL shortening tool right on the page, complete with a link to statistics for how many people have followed a link you tweeted. From my point of view, I’m only missing the capability to see who I’m following or who my followers are. To me, it’s a small price to pay for all that functionality on a single page. As for Susan, she’d be happier if they could stack the timelines next to each other so you could check them all out at once. [And reply to them without switching. That part is important. I'm very lazy. --Susan]
Another tool I’m digging is called WhosTalkin, a sweet site that seems to find a bunch of brand and name references that slip through alerts. I’ve also been advised to pick up TweetDeck on my iPhone to help me become a Twitter power user extraordinaire! [Twitterberry is similarly indispensible on my shiny new BlackBerry. --Susan]
In the meantime, I thought I’d ask if anyone has a must-try tool or two that has helped them be more productive during the day. I’m not just looking for Twitter tools — time tracking, news aggregating, and search tools, among others, are all welcomed! My guess is I’m not the only one standing to gain from good suggestions. Some nudges in the right direction would be much appreciated!