The digital tools I use on a daily basis

by Jeff Hilimire on March 31, 2014

Joe Koufman pointed out to me recently that the old “My Tools” section on my blog was fairly out of date. And he was as right as Google Wave was wrong. Yeah, Google Wave was on there. I removed the page from my blog as I don’t think its relevant any longer, but I copy and pasted it at the bottom of this post for your amusement.

Let’s start with the tools I’m still using that were on the past list

Google Chrome. My browser of choice. When it starts getting wonky – which seems to be happening more frequently these days – I’ll switch over to Safari to teach it a lesson for a while.

WordPress. Still where this blog resides.

Disqus. Commenting system I use for this blog. I wish there was a way to have any comments people submit to a blog post (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.) show up in an aggregated comments section. Anyone know of something like that?

Feedly. I use this only on my phone. It’s my RSS news/feed reader of choice.

Hootsuite. The tool I use to manage all my social presences.

Google Docs. Yup.

Evernote. Lots of posts about how I use Evernote.

Those are the only tools from my past list that made the cut.

Other digital tools I’m using

Dropbox. Posts I’ve written on dropbox.

Google Hangouts. IM and SMS tool.

Pocket. Pocket is how I read articles.

Flipboard, Drippler, Circa and Google Newsstand for news.

Google Keep. For short, no-need-to-save-them notes. Evernote vs. Google Keep.

I think that rounds out the list of digital tools I use on a daily basis. What did I miss? 

And if you’re curious, here are the digital services I pay for and why.


The old “My Tools” section of this blog:

I use a lot of digital tools to get stuff done and often blog about them in one-offs, but I thought I’d compile them in one place. Hope to keep this current. Would be cool if I had tool to do that.

Full disclosure, I’ve seen this type of thing done on several blogs, most recently on @stammy‘sblog (who does it much better than I and has much cooler stuff). I just finally found the motivation to get this off my to-do list.

Stuff I run on my Macbook Air (and within browsers)

  • Firefox. Browser still getting my love until the kinks are worked out with Google Chrome on mac. Currently rely on Firefox for WordPress to work properly, Feedly to work at all, and the Evernote and Shareaholic add-ons work on Chrome. Until then, still need Firefox. Switching mainly because it’s a memory hog compared to Chrome.
  • Google Chrome. See above.
  • Browser add-ons: Evernote and Shareaholic (LOVE both of these)
  • WordPress. My blog lives there.
  • Disqus. The best blog commenting tool I’ve seen. I run it on this blog.
  • Evernote. Love this tool for note taking. It’s also where most of my blogs start.
  • Feedly. Fantastic visual representation of Google Reader RSS feeds. Currently only works on Firefox.
  • Tweetdeck. Twitter client for general daily management of my account.
  • Tweetie. Twitter client when I want something light to jump into.
  • Hootsuite. Browser-based Twitter client, great for scheduling tweets and multiple account management (including Facebook and LinkedIn), plus nice stats.
  • CoTweet. Browser-based Twitter client that IF it had Facebook and LinkedIn capabilities I’d probably use it over Hootsuite always.
  • Google Docs. It’s just one more way I try not to use MS Office products.
  • Google Wave. Love this tool for collaborating with peers and clients. Also, I useWaveboard for Mac to use Wave, allows me to see when there are updates (one of the most complained about non-features of Wave so far).
  • Mind Meister.  Fantastic tool for mind-mapping and brainstorming.  Makes cool stuff like this.
  • Ecto. Current offline blog writing tool. Nice wordpress integration.
  • Keynote. Do I really need to explain why Keynote is so much better than Powerpoint?
  • Plaxo. I use this to sync and backup my contacts. Used it for probably 5 years now. Love it.
  • Delicious. Best tool for “bookmarks”. Also used this for many, many years.
  • TeuxDeux. Using this site currently for to-do management. They could lock me in if they’d create an iPhone app.
  • Oh, and iCal and Mail are my calendar and email software of choice.

Relevant apps on iPhone (outside of the norms: Facebook, Google app, etc.)

  • Tweetdeck. Twitter client #1, better list integration than Tweetie currently.
  • Tweetie 2.0. Twitter client #2. Still best UI.
  • Hootsuite. Twitter client #3. Mostly for sync with browser app.
  • Evernote. Seamless integration with the desktop app.
  • Foursquare. Check-in tool most of my friends use.
  • MyTown. Check-in game that I’m exploring.
  • simply_simpy

    1Password and TextExpander are worth a look.

  • Jeff Hilimire

    I know I should be using something like 1Password. What’s your high level pitch?

  • simply_simpy

    1Password helps you create unique passwords across apps. I consider it a timesaver for those instances where otherwise I would have to reset my password. I am still getting in the habit of using it though.

  • Jeff Hilimire

    Do you use it across all devices?

  • simply_simpy

    Not yet! But, I probably should.

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