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Five alive

I was in a meeting today with Drew, Michael and our web team, chatting through some of the blogging tools we use every day, and swapping ideas.
Drew and I were harping on about our definition of social media.

It’s not an easy thing to explain quickly.
I tend to define my experience of blogging (and beyond) through the online tools I use every day. And this was how the debate continued.

While I’m not a big Digger, some rely on it. I tend to use my Google personalised homepage to aggregate content feeds, while Drew uses popurls to monitor the aggregators and search for memes. For blogging I prefer Blogger, while some use TypePad and others swear by WordPress. I love my del.icio.us, and use it to save content for reviewing later. Drew uses it more for publishing, having plugged it into his Social Media Report. We all love Technorati.

I began to realise that there are five tools that keep me alive in the blogosphere:

FIVE THINGS I CAN’T BLOG WITHOUT:

1. Blogger

2. Technorati

3. del.icio.us

4. Statcounter

5. YouTube

Granted, I’m a bit old skool. I still use Yahoo! Photos, not Flickr. I uninstalled Skype because I couldn’t stop it launching every time I booted up my laptop. Memetracker (like most other monster content aggregators) makes me feel dizzy.

So, in the spirit of the blogosphere’s ‘Five Things’ meme, what are your ‘Five Tools That You Can’t Blog Without’? Dennis, Robert, Hugh, Guy, David – consider yourself tagged. Your turn.

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  • http://teblog.typepad.com/david_tebbutt/2006/07/cloggers_five_a.html Teblog

    Clogger's Five Alive

    Clogger (Jon Silk) talks about what blogging-related tools he can't do without. Then challenges the likes of Robert Scoble, Hugh McLeod, Guy Kawasaki, Dennis Howlett and me to respond. Me? In that exalted company, surely some mistake? Anyway, much as

  • http://blog.guykawasaki.com Guy Kawasaki

    The five tools that I can't blog without are:
    - MacBook Pro
    - BBEdit
    - MarsEdit
    - Textpander
    - iStockphoto
    Bose noise canceling headphones help too.
    Guy

  • http://weblogs.hitwise.com/heather-hopkins/ Heather Hopkins

    I am sure it will come as no surprise that I can't blog without Hitwise. :) That is my number 1 tool. I am not just shamelessly promoting my company… I use Hitwise search data to title my blogs. For example, a couple of weeks ago I did a post on Coke versus Pepsi. But people don't search for that. The top term that includes the keyword "coke" is "coke rocket". I titled my blog Coke Rocket – Search Data and Brand Equity. If you seach for Coke Rocket now, I am the number 1 result. Also, I wove Coke Rocket into the story, so it made sense. Hitwise data is not only essential for content of my blogs but also the titles and words I use in my blog.
    Other tools:
    - Bloglines
    - Technorati
    - Moveable Type
    - Colleagues (for inspiration!)

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    That is my number 1 tool. I am not just shamelessly promoting my company… I use Hit wise search data to title my blogs. For example, a couple of weeks ago I did a post on Coke versus Pepsi. But people don't search for that. The top term that includes the keyword "coke" is "coke rocket".

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    You may have not intended to do so, but I think you have managed to express the state of mind that a lot of people are in. The sense of wanting to help, but not knowing how or where, is something a lot of us are going through.