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Friday Four: Useful Web Tools

Friday Four! I hope this weeks FF will introduce you to some great and useful tools on the web. I would also love to learn what web tools you use – I’m always looking for ways to make using the web more efficient and fun. Without further ado, here are my Friday Four!

Friday Four: Useful Web Tools

1. Netvibes: www.netvibes.com

This is a free online service that allows you to access all your internet content on one site. I use it to keep track of all the blogs I read. I check site at least once a day and it lets me see which blogs have been updated and I can read the new post right there in netvibes. But it also allows me to click over to the actual website if I want to leave a comment or something. You can also use netvibes to keep track of your email, current news stories and that much more. I am sure the way I use netvibes barely scratches the surface of its capabilities.

2. WordPress: www.wordpress.com

WordPress is also a free online service and it is what I use for blogging. It is simple to use and navigate and I have not had any issues with using it. I have really come to love blogging and I think it is a great way to keep a chronicle of our life!! I like to go back and read what we were doing a year ago or a few weeks ago – it’s a lot of fun. It’s also nice when I’m trying to think of something we did but I can’t remember when we did it. I just check the blog :) A lot of people I know use Blogger for their blogs and the one upside I see to Blogger is the amount of free templates and designs that can be used with that platform.

3. Slide: www.slide.com

This is a new favorite for me! I used this tool to make the Christmas picture slide show a few posts ago. It is super simple to use and it has a lot of options for how you want your slideshow to look on your blog. I have not fully explored all the things offered on the website but I am sure you will be seeing more slide shows in the future.

4. Mint: www.mint.com

This is probably the most “boring” web tool I use. Ok, I should probably be 100% honest and say that mostly Bill uses this but I am trying to be better! Mint.com is an easy way to keep track of your money. You can link it to your checking account, savings accounty, credit cards (bad!) and any other kind of money accounts you may have. You can set up a budget and it automatically keeps track of your spending. It will even show you percentages of spending for the categories you set up. This is a tool I hope to use more often and more wisely in 2010!

Do you use any web tools? If so I would love to know about them – if you have a blog use the McLinky or leave a comment below.



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2 Responses to “Friday Four: Useful Web Tools”

  1. Honey says:

    The only real webtool I use is portaportal.com that allows me to put all of the websites I want the students in my second grade class to use. They can even access it from home.

  2. Mimi says:

    I don’t know what all that means. The only tools I use are the mouse and the keyboard. Does that count?