Use fllwrsto monitor changes in your Twitter followers over time and keep a history of followers that have been lost or added. Would you like to see a record of who follows and unfollows you every day? Would you like to get notified when someone unfollows you?
If you're thinking about getting a website, you will want to have a good domain name. However, trying to find one that isn't taken can be a real pain. This is where Nominus comes into play. Type in some concepts and Nominus will check through available domains and try and come up with some good ones for you. It will do top level domains, country based domains, domain shorteners and generic top level domains.
If you want to find other stuff based on stuff you like, then there are a few options for you, and the latest of these is Itcher. Basically you give it information on things you like; Films, Books, Music and Games. Start with a minimum of 5 recommendations of things that you like, and it pops up more for you. obviously the more that you add, the better the recommendations that you'll receive.
It worked ok for me, but I was confused at times because I thought I was rating things and it turned out that I wasn't. It also didn't find some obvious films either. However, it's worth trying out.
If you're still looking for a nice simple package that allows you to capture what you're doing on your screen and annotate it, then it's worth taking a look at the resource provided by Flash Integro. The Video Editor is a tool you download but which allows you to create your own videos quickly and easily. Excellent if you want to provide a quick training tutorial, or demonstrate to Tech Support what's going wrong. It's also entirely free.
I don't usually get particularly bothered about spam, but there are times when it's necessary to make a bit of a stand. I wrote about the Fotojet collage software in September last year. Since then I have had requests to review it on April 29th, 11th May, 11th May (yes, twice in one day) and on the 16th May. Each request was exactly the same, but apparently written by different people such as Angela and Sophia. I was polite and told them that I've reviewed their product (positively as well) and asked them to stop mailing me. However, that appeal fell on deaf ears. The last time they did it, I said that I'd blog, so this is it.
PearlMountain Technology clearly has no idea how to run a sensible, coherent or effective media marketing campaign. They seem to be under the impression that what works best is to simply throw out the same marketing email time and time again, in the hope that at some point it's going to stick. They are clearly too stupid to keep a note of who they send their spam emails to, thus resulting in repeated mailings or they simply don't care.
I've deleted my positive review of the product. Instead, if you're looking for collage software, I would suggest that you try one of these excellent products instead, which are as good, if not better than Fotojet, and at the very least they don't continually spam reviewers.
I discovered a site called Crate which is supposed to bring you personalised news direct to your desktop. You simply tell it what keywords you are interested in, any specific websites, people from Twitter, that sort of stuff. It then goes away and brings you back material. Hopefully it's material that you'll find interesting, but don't hold your breath.
I gave my Crate a bunch of useful keywords, such as internet search, search engines, the names of various different engines and so on. I gave it a couple of search engine related websites that I use, and 5 Twitter accounts. That's a reasonable amount to go on I think, so I was quite hopeful that I might get some useful information back. How did it work? Well, today I've had 3 results - one of which took me to a site that had nothing to do with the title of the article, and two posts on content marketing. Yesterday I had 17 links, mostly again about content marketing, a job advert, a news item that was nothing about my subjects of interest, '5 qualities of the best places to work' (why, I have no idea) and a similar set of results for the day before. In other words, a complete waste of my time. Once you find something useful, there's only a couple of ways of sharing it - via Twitter (but it doesn't realise that there's a character limit, so you have to do a lot of editing yourself) or Buffer, which to be honest isn't very high up on my radar. How about Facebook? Pinterest? LinkedIn? (Yes, I know you can do that via Buffer, but it's a paid product with a poor free version, so it doesn't count.)
What's really irritating is that there isn't even an option to go into the system and tell it that you don't like a particular result, so there's no way of training it on what to look for next, or how to improve its offerings. Very disappointing, and I'll be sticking with Mention, Scoop.it, Paper.li and so on.
I've been looking around for a good clipboard manager, and have found a nice one in the name of Ditto. They say of themselves "Ditto is an extension to the standard windows clipboard. It saves each item placed on the clipboard allowing you access to any of those items at a later time. Ditto allows you to save any type of information that can be put on the clipboard, text, images, html, custom formats, ....." It was really quick and easy to install, and I can simply Control C to copy and then hotkey to pull up the dialogue box.
You can also search for items that you've previously clipped, and it's also possible to share across the cloud from computer to computer. Nice and simple, and it gets the job done.
If you're looking for a tool to convert a PDF into something else, then you might want to take a look at PDFAid. It's a good looking, attractive tool with lots of resources available. They say of their product "Watermarking pdf, image to pdf conversion, html to pdf conversion, multiple pdf joiner, pdf splitter (extract pages from pdf), rebrand pdf (change hyperlinks in pdf files), office files to pdf conversion (doc and docx), extract images from pdf documents, vector formats (eps and ps), change pdf to doc, convert pdf files to webpages, extract text from pdf documents and xps to pdf."
Hunting around the net I've found a few new tools that you might want to try out if you're well into Twitter.
Life on Twitter will take a look at about 1,000 tweets and will tell you things like who your best friend is, which days you tweet on most, most used hashtags, influencers, most popular tweets. I'm a bit doubtful about some of the information it came back with but it only took a couple of seconds, so it was of mild interest.
Tall Tweets allows you to write tweets that are longer than 140 characters. You can write out your message and the service will chop it into appropriate sizes and then post them in order. I'd be irritated by this to be honest, and I really would think twice about following someone who did it on a regular basis. However, your call!
Spruce. Very simple - choose an image, choose some words, put the two together and tweet it.
Twitter Archiver lets you easily save tweets for any keyword/hashtag in a Google Spreadsheet. Enter a search query/hashtag and all matching tweets are saved on the Google sheet. You can run Boolean searches as well as advanced Twitter searches.
Twitter RSS Feeds. The link goes to a page that gives an excellent step by step guide on how to create an RSS feed.
Crowdfire is a great tool. It will tell you who you follow who doesn't follow you back, recent unfollowers/followers, people you're following who are inactive, all following (oldest first) and so on. It works automatically and takes only a few seconds.
Tweriod tells you when most of your followers are awake and active, thus informing you of the best time to tweet. For example, for me most people are active at about 3pm on weekdays, then at 6pm, and a few less at about 1pm at the weekend, while during the week, 11 am, peaking at 2pm, and then another smaller peak at 4pm.
Twipho (Twitter photos) is a search engine that just pulls back images that relate to a specific hashtag. I really like this tool - it's simple and easy to use.
Curate your followers tweets into a magazine style format with Instacurate or Vellum. On the whole I preferred the latter, but it was harder to read, though more comprehensive.
(With thanks to Digital Inspiration for the list; go and visit the page since there are many more than I chose to include.)
There are plenty of photographic tools out there to help you create images, and Pablo is very similar to them. However it does allow you to quickly create tall, square or wide images for use in particular networks such as Twitter or Facebook. Choose or upload your image, add your content and save it. Simples!