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#302: Ever Expanding Web 2.0 Applications

Posted By Mark Haas CMC FIMC, Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Updated: Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Despite my reluctance to join in the mass migration to social media, I have recognized that consultants who do not embrace these technologies and use them aggressively will quickly become invisible to colleagues and clients. So, what is out there for consultants other than LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook?

You might be shocked to know how many web 2.0 applications are being created. Granted, a lot of new apps may not be usable for your immediate needs and some may not even work that well. However, whether it is about blogging, file sharing, video, networking, managing feeds, or searching, it is worth your time to explore where your consulting practice would most benefit by leveraging these technologies. Examples (most are free or have free service levels) include:Take a look at a good compilation of links to these kinds of applications

Tip: "Make haste slowly" when adopting these web 2.0 applications. Be sure that the ones you select can really increase productivity in your client service, visibility or practice management. Some of them are interesting or flashy but not really better than the systems you currently use. Others, like dlvr.it, which simultaneously posts blogs on your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages, are real timesavers.

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Brett LaDove says...
Posted Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Thanks Mark...it is amazing how many great tools there are available...I'm unfamiliar with some of the ones you listed.

I've been a strong proponent of Web 2.0 solutions for several years, and am particularly excited by the implications for collaboration. I gave a talk for an IMC audience locally, and subsequenty recorded a (admittedly dry, as I was talking to myself, and did it on one take) slidecast of the topic, where I shared some of my own favorite tools. http://bit.ly/axL7Xr.

The Small Business Web is another great resource for finding useful applications. http://bit.ly/byER3R

Brett
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