Ana Lucia Novak (@CyberDivaVA) had me as a guest this past Thursday on her OnlineSocialSmarts weekly show. The topic of the show was Small Business Time Management Tools. Not only do I love technology but I also love to figure out how to use that technology to make my life easier and / or more efficient, especially when it comes to my clients’ work.

Ordinary people think merely of spending time. Great people think of using it. ~ Author Unknown

As promised, here is the list of tools discussed during the show. These are just a handful of the many in my tech toolbox. I’d love to have you share some of your favorite tools in the comments below.

  • Carbonite – at approximately $60/year this is by far the tool that provides me with the most peace of mind. I know that my computer files are always backed up in the event of an unexpected virus, hard drive crash, etc.
  • Have a file that is too large to email to a client or colleague? TransferBigFiles is both free and incredibly easy to use.
  • Two of my favorite free tools for unfollowing people on Twitter are: ManageFlitter and JustUnfollow
  • To auto-follow new followers on Twitter I use TweetAdder (it has many other features and you can read all about it here)
  • To help manually vet followers on Twitter – I use Formulists. Here is a more in-depth post on why I love this tool. My love for Formulists goes beyond using it to manually vet.
  • For day to day Twitter management I prefer Hootsuite. They do have a free, basic account. If you have to pay the $5.99/month – it’s well worth it for the stats alone. However, if Hootsuite isn’t your gig check out these 7 Twitter Apps.
  • Screen capture tools: Jing (I still use this but rarely) as I now prefer Awesome Screenshot for Chrome. Also check out Snagit.

Tools #11 and #12 work in conjunction with each other and the “how to use” would take much longer to explain than space (and my writing time tonight) allows. I have been throwing around the idea of maybe putting on a webinar to show people how to do this some time in August.

Using Google Reader and in conjunction with each other allows me to hand-pick each and every post that goes through to Twitter for all accounts I manage. As I mentioned, during the call, the method allows me to quickly review close to 2000 blog posts per day in about an hour and a half. These tools by far are the most valuable I’ve learned and applied in 2011. (And I can’t take the credit for this as two friends of mine back in WI are the ones who tipped me off and taught me how to bend them into submission!)

If you are interested in learning how to use Google Reader and as a time management tool for social media please sign up below (and I promise I won’t email you for anything other than to notify you of the webinar).


Ana, if you are reading this I wanted to reiterate my appreciation for inviting me to be a guest.

I’d love to have you share some of your favorite tools in the comments below, on my Fan Page or contact me if you would like to write a guest post. You can listen to the entire replay of the show here.