There are some diverse tools I use in my daily contact with the Internet. As a frequent user of the web, I have tried lots of applications with different purposes and for different kind of tasks, varying from web browsers, applications for chatting or tweeting, or tools for storing data on the cloud. Some of these tools are very well-known, and others are still struggling to obtain a place in the users’ heart. The following is just a basic list with the links to download the applications.
Rockmelt – http://www.rockmelt.com/
I have been using this web browser since it was only a private beta. It is based in Google Chrome, so the visual interface seems pretty similar to Chrome and its basic options are mainly the same, but additionally the Rockmelt development team has integrated a couple of sidebars in the navigator. One of them is dedicated to show all your contacts in Facebook, with the possibility to start chatting in an independent bar that remains visible in the low part of the window, almost like a status bar, and the other is an application bar, where you can integrate some apps and feeds from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many other services and web pages. These sidebars are what make this web browser so appealing, because they are very useful to keep track of the updates in your social networks and also easy to hide in case you don’t want to be interrupted by notifications and messages.
Feedly – http://www.feedly.com
Feedly is my favorite rss reader. Feedly is an application that can be integrated into web browsers. Its main function is to show your rss feeds in an organized way, Feedly helps you to categorize and separate your feeds and it shows them as in a virtual magazine. Some of its main characteristics are: A preview of the feed’s site without leaving the application’s main page, the possibility of marking a feed as read/unread, the categorization of feeds, and the option to share a feed with a wide selection of pages like Twitter, Facebook, google reader or tumbler.
Tweetdeck – http://www.tweetdeck.com/
Whenever I’m not using rockmelt to surf the web, I use TweetDeck to check my updates in facebook and twitter. TweetDeck has been bought by Twitter, so now the integration with twitter services is going to be improved. Furthermore, this application can connect you with your contacts in facebook, twitter, google buzz, Linkedin, Foursqueare, and some other social networks. I use TweetDeck as a complement in Chrome, but it has versions for Android cell phones, Iphone and even a desktop version that can be used without a navigator. My favorite feature of this application is the columns distribution. It’s very easy to keep track of what is happening on your timeline, your mentions and your DM’s having a separated column for each one.