I’ve compiled a large list of familiar (and not-so-familiar) tools that will hopefully help you with your web content, social media, analytical and curation needs. If there’s something I missed, feel free to add it to the Google Doc.
WAVE – Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool – WAVE is a free web accessibility evaluation tool provided by WebAIM. It is used to aid humans in the web accessibility evaluation process. Rather than providing a complex technical report, WAVE shows the original web page with embedded icons and indicators that reveal the accessibility of that page.
About.me – Quickly build your personal page that points people to everything you do, all around the web.
Archivist by Mix Online – The Archivist is a service that uses the Twitter Search API to find and archive tweets.
Google Reader – Google Reader is a Web-based aggregator, capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds.
Instagrid – A Clean Web Gallery For Your Instagram Photos. Instagram is a popular photo-sharing app on the iPhone, we publish a nice gallery so you can view and share your photos on the web. You can even invite people who don’t use Instagram to subscribe to your feed via email.
Twylah – Create awesome looking websites and widgets out of your tweets.
EdgeRank Checker – We’ve developed our own EdgeRank algorithm to help Page Admins understand how their Page interacts with the News Feed.
RowFeeder – Track Keywords, Hashtags, or Usernames from Twitter & Facebook. Awesome Reports in Excel!
Social Statistics – Google+ Statistics currently tracks and generates detailed statistics for 99,090 users and pulls in hundreds of the most popular posts, every second of the day, from Google+. Add yourself (see sidebar) so we can start tracking your personal Google+ statistics too. You will be able to see how many people added you to their circles, how you grow over time and where you rank in the list of popular Google+ users.
ThinkUp – ThinkUp is a free, open source web application that captures all your activity on social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Google+. With ThinkUp, you can store your social activity in a database that you control, making it easy to search, sort, analyze, publish and display activity from your network. All you need is a web server that can run a PHP application.
Tweetcharts – Tweet charts allows you to generate a report of custom data for anything you can search Twitter for: hashtags, words, phrases, usernames or URLs. Enter your query in the box above labeled “search query” and check it out.
ClickHeat – ClickHeat is a visual heatmap of clicks on a HTML page, showing hot and cold click zones. ClickHeat is an OpenSource software, released under GPL licence, and free of charge.
Google Analytics – Google Analytics is a free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about the visitors to a website.
Google URL Builder – Use this tool to create URLs for your custom campaigns.
MapmyUser – MapmyUser is a web traffic analysis tool. MapmyUser provides realtime web stats with visitor’s Geolocation. The statistics from MapMyUser are used to compute web usage share for example.
Pagelever – Pagelever provides detailed analytics around your Facebook brand or business page that goes beyond Facebook Insights.
Woopra – Woopra is a web analytics and customer engagement service offered by Woopra, Inc. It offers detailed individual visitor data within milliseconds and gives users the tools to analyze and measure that data in real time.
ifttt (if this then that) – Put the internet to work for you by creating tasks that fit this simple structure: “if this then that”. Think of all the things you could do if you were able to define any task as: when something happens (this) then do something else (that).
Posterous Spaces – We take away all the hassle of sharing online, automatically re-sizing and optimizing your photos and videos! Public Spaces can autopost to other popular social media sites. (thanks @robin2go)
Tumblr – Post text, photos, quotes, links, music, and videos, from your browser, phone, desktop, email, or wherever you happen to be. You can customize everything, from colors, to your theme’s HTML.
WordPress – WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a dynamic content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.
Delicious – Delicious helps you find cool stuff and collect it for easy sharing. Dig into stacks created by the community, and then build your own!
Pinboard – Pinboard is a fast, no-nonsense bookmarking site.
Springpad – Springpad helps you share & discover with the people you trust. Create notebooks for recipes, books, movies or anything else that matters to you, together with friends, family and co-workers. Save ideas and info from anywhere, access them whenever, and start getting more from life.
Google Chart Tools – Google chart tools are powerful, simple to use, and free. Try out our rich gallery of interactive charts and data tools.
Disqus – DISQUS is a comments platform that helps you build an active community from your website’s audience. It has awesome features, powerful tools, and it’s easy to install.
BagTheWeb – BagTheWeb helps users curate Web content. For any topic, you can create a “bag” to collect, publish, and share any content from the Web.
Bundlr – Create topic pages with photos, videos, tweets and documents. Share them with everyone.
CurationStation – Curation Station can add value to your business, customers, employee teams, and clients by providing up-to-date content on any subject matter.
Paper.li – Paper.li is a content curation service. It enables people to publish newspapers based on topics they like and treat their readers to fresh news, daily.
pearltrees – Pearltrees is a place to collect, organize and share everything you like on the web. You can keep at hand the web pages you like and enrich your account with Pearltrees from other members of the community.
Scoop.it – Easily Publish Gorgeous Magazines. Leverage Curation to increase your visibility. Give persistence to your social media presence.
Storify – Storify lets you curate social networks to build social stories, bringing together media scattered across the Web into a coherent narrative. We are building the story layer above social networks, to amplify the voices that matter and create a new media format that is interactive, dynamic and social.
Timeline – “Beautifully crafted timelines that are easy, and intuitive to use.” Timeline is also great for pulling in media from different sources. It has built in support for pulling in Tweets and media from Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo, Google Maps and SoundCloud.
Argyle Social – We provide software to help your organization participate in conversations with prospects and customers, drive brand awareness, and integrate social media deeply throughout your organization. And behind the scenes, we crunch your social activity through our big data engine to provide you with the most actionable social intelligence in the business.
Bottlenose – Bottlenose is a smart social dashboard for keeping up with all your streams in one place.
Crowdbooster – Crowdbooster offers social media analytics with suggestions and tools to help you improve your online presence.
HootSuite – The leading social media dashboard to manage and measure your social networks.
Involver – Create and manage engaging experiences on social networks and across the open web on the most scalable social marketing management platform. Leverage the Conversation Suite to monitor the conversation across – and publishing to – Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Use the Application Suite to deploy engaging apps on your brand pages. Or design your own pages and social applications using Visual SML™ and Involver’s Social Markup Language (SML).
radian6 – Salesforce Radian6 is more than a simple social media monitoring platform. We’re a full service social solution that helps you listen, measure, engage and discover online conversations so you can build your community and your business.
Sendible – Sendible is a platform for engaging with customers, measuring results and monitoring your brand across multiple social media channels at once.
SocialBro - Manage and analyze your Twitter communiy.
Sprout Social – Monitor your brand & manage conversations brilliantly with one, easy-to-use tool.
Tweetdeck – TweetDeck is an app that brings more flexibility and insight to power users. (Twitter only)
Viralheat – Viralheat delivers social media management, monitoring, engagement, analytics, and deep insights to meet the needs of any business.
Virtue Publisher - Vitrue Publisher is the leading social marketing publishing platform for brands looking to engage in two-way conversations with their fans, followers and social community from one centralized location, with scheduling, moderation and analytics right at your fingertips.
dribbble – What are you working on? Dribbble is a community of designers answering that question each day. Web designers, graphic designers, illustrators, icon artists, typographers, logo designers, and other creative types share small screenshots that show their work, process, and current projects. (thanks @robin2go)
StumbleUpon – We help you explore new and interesting things from every corner of the Web.
BBEdit – BBEdit is the leading professional HTML and text editor for the Macintosh. Specifically crafted in response to the needs of Web authors and software developers, this award-winning product provides an abundance of high-performance features for editing, searching, and manipulation of text.
Freemind – Freemind is an Open Source mind mapping tool that’s really useful for creating clickable HTML sitemaps. It’s not as slick as some of the other mind mapping tools out there but is very quick to use and has more features than the free edition of XMind.
XMind – XMind is a really nice mind mapping tool that’s great for building site maps; for collating information; and for generally capturing thoughts and feedback.
backchan.nl – backchan.nl is tool for involving audiences in presentations by letting them suggest questions and vote on each other’s questions. backchan.nl is intended for conference or event organizers who want a new way to solicit questions from the audience and make better use of question and answer time.
CoverItLive – CoveritLive is the leading live-event publishing platform. Since its release in late 2007, CoveritLive has been used by thousands of writers to engage millions of readers around the world. It is actively used both by traditional bloggers, journalists, major brands and the mainstream media.
ScribbleLive – Your broadband audience demands news, social media and user-generated content in real-time. ScribbleLive makes it easy for you to post/edit content and interact with audiences up-to-the-second. Turn your breaking news into live-feeds and stay relevant with every post.
SCVNGR – SCVNGR is a social location-based mobile gaming platform. The application has both a consumer and enterprise component. Companies, educational institutions, and organizations can build challenges, the core unit of their game, at places on SCVNGR from the web. (thanks @robin2go)
Kurogo – Kurogo is open-source Mobile Optimized Middleware™ for developing content-rich mobile websites and iOS and Android apps.
Rhomobile – Mobile framework for developing mobile apps. Ellucian is building various Banner integrations with this framework which may make it appealing to institutions that use Banner. (thanks @jakedolan)
500px – 500px is a photo community powered by creative people worldwide that lets you discover, share, buy and sell inspiring photographs.
Flickr – Flickr is an image hosting and video hosting website, web services suite, and online community.
Instagram – It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your photos with friends and family. Snap a picture, choose a filter to transform its look and feel, then post to Instagram. Share to Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr too – it’s as easy as pie. It’s photo sharing, reinvented.
Path – Path is a social networking-enabled photo sharing and messaging service for mobile devices. The service aims to be a place where users can share with close friends and family. (thanks @robin2go)
Prezi – Prezi is a web-based presentation application and storytelling tool that uses a single canvas instead of traditional slides. Text, images, videos and other presentation objects are placed on the infinite canvas and grouped together in frames. (thanks @robin2go)
Sliderocket – Presenting a Better Way. Create, collaborate and share stunning, media-rich presentations.
SlideShare – SlideShare is the best way to share presentations, documents and professional videos.
SpeakerDeck – Share presentations without the mess. Speaker Deck is the best way to share presentations online. Simply upload your slides as a PDF, and we’ll turn them into a beautiful online experience. View them on SpeakerDeck.com, or share them on any website with an embed code. (thanks @robin2go)
Flipboard – Yes, it’s easy to get your publication, blog or social media or RSS feed up and running on Flipboard. Post your stories, updates and photos to any of the social networks on Flipboard. Then tap on the red ribbon in the upper right of your Flipboard. Use the search bar, type in your social account or publication name and start reading your content on Flipboard.
Google Currents – From leading publications, to blogs you follow, you can browse, read, and share favorite content, presented in a swipable magazine format.
iTunesU – If you’re an educator at a university, college, or K-12 school, now you have an easy way to design and distribute complete courses featuring audio, video, books, and other content. And students and lifelong learners can experience your courses for free through a powerful new app for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Kindle Publishing Programs – If you are a publisher or author, you can make your books available electronically using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). All you need to get started is your book in digital format, e.g., word, html, text, etc.
Twitterfeed – Feeds the last posts published in a blog via the RSS feed to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Buffer – Be awesome on social media. Easily add great articles, pictures and videos to your Buffer and we automagically share them for you through the day
Timely – Timely uses your past 199 tweets to determine the best time to post new content to Twitter. You choose how many tweets a day between 1, 3, 5 or 9 and also can invite others to collaborate on adding tweets to the same account. It’s very similar to Buffer, but takes the time-choosing out of your hands and tries to predict what’s best for you.
Google Alerts – Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your queries.
Google Trends – With Google Trends, you can compare the world’s interest in your favorite topics. Enter up to five topics and see how often they’ve been searched on Google over time. Google Trends also shows how frequently your topics have appeared in Google News stories, and in which geographic regions people have searched for them most.
PostPost – PostPost home page is your timeline topline – a rich digest of topics, photos, videos & links from the people you’re most connected to on Twitter.
StoryCrawler – An intelligent news and information gathering software product. This innovative solution intelligently searches and gathers information across multiple online platforms—whether it be social media, news articles, blogs, RSS feeds, video sites forums and user generated content—to bring users the most relevant real-time data.
Facebook – Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.
Facebook Platform – Facebook Platform enables you to make your website more social. You can use our Social Plugins, such as the Like Button to drive user engagement with a single line of HTML. Our Login Button and Registration Plugin let you simplify or eliminate your own user registration and sign-in. Lastly, the Graph API lets you access the full social graph of a given user, allowing you to create a truly deep personal experience.
Google+ – Google+ is about having great conversations. Share photos, videos, links, or anything else that’s on your mind. You can use the share box on any Google site or +1 buttons across the web.
Lanyrd – See what your friends are going to or speaking at, find conferences near you or browse conferences by topic.
LinkedIn – LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with 161 million members in over 200 countries and territories.
Pinterest – Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Twitter – Twitter is a real-time information network that connects you to the latest stories, ideas, opinions and news about what you find interesting. Simply find the accounts you find most compelling and follow the conversations.
Social Login Tools
Gigya’s Social Login Tool – Social Login allows users to register and sign-in to your site or app with an account from more than 25 identity providers including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+. It also helps increase registration rates by simplifying the registration process and providing sites with first-party, permission-based social data from users.
OAuth – An open protocol to allow secure API authorization in a simple and standard method from desktop and web applications.
Livestream – Livestream is a live streaming video platform that allows users to view and broadcast video content using a camera. It offers a free ad-supported service and multi-tiered premium services.
Ustream – Broadcast video LIVE to the world from a computer, mobile or iPhone in minutes, or watch thousands of shows from News to Entertainment to celebrities, 24/7.
Bit.ly – Create shortlinks for social sharing, and then track clicks and visitors.
Google URL Shortener – Google URL Shortener
YOURLS – YOURLS is a small set of PHP scripts that will allow you to run your own URL shortening service (a la TinyURL). You can make it private or public, you can pick custom keyword URLs, it comes with its own API. You will love it.
Concept Feedback – Concept Feedback is an interesting tool for getting second opinions on a design. You can post a design to the site and then a community of designers will give you their feedback for free.
FiveSecondTest – Five second test is a great tool for capturing first impressions for a design, or for perhaps carrying out some quick A/B testing. You can have one or more designs, in the form of images and then people are able to view them for 5 seconds before entering some feedback.
Loop11 – Loop11 is a great tool for carrying out unmoderated usability testing. You basically set-up some tasks for people to do on a website and let them try them out at their own convenience. Loop11 is not free but does allow you to set-up a trial test with a maximum of 5 tasks and 2 questions.
Protonotes – Protonotes are notes that you add to your prototype that allow project team members to discuss system functionality, design, and requirements directly on the prototype. You can think of it like a discussion board/wiki in direct context of your prototype.
Screenfly – Screenfly allows you to view your website on a variety of device screens and resolutions
WebNotes – WebNotes makes it easy to highlight and add notes to web pages from directly within your web browser. Notes are saved automatically and will reappear any time you visit the page.
Vimeo – Vimeo makes it easy to upload the videos you take. We adore many different kinds of file formats and give you great tools so you can make sure your videos look amazing. We even support HD!
YouTube – YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally-created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small.
Lucidchart – From static wireframes to rapid prototypes, web developers can do it all with Lucidchart’s wireframe tool. Collaborate with your client and design team in real-time to cut down on iterations.
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