There is a HUGE amount of buzz around social networks and the potential for use.  Today, I present NING a tool that allows you to create your very own social network.  Within your new network users can post blogs, pictures, and messages on forums.  You can also make your social network private or allow outsiders to join.  How can this be used?  Huge organizations have paid BIG bucks to create enterprise social networks.  Communicate with employees in a better (and more fun) way.  Create a family social network and connect with people all over the globe.


Stupid name, cool vectors

November 20, 2008

For those into design but lacking the time/training/creativity that’s required for creating cool vector graphics to augment brochures, websites and any other stuff, check out Vecteezy, a great resource for graphics that are actually not clipart-y!  Choose buttons, patterns, images etc and give your work a really polished an professional appeal.  Also links to Flasheezy for free flash and Brusheezy for free photshop brushes.

FREE Music

November 18, 2008

I know, I know….there isn’t really anything new about…ahem…free music.  But combine free with legal and you’ve got something!  Better Propoganda is an interactive online music magazine that profiles artists from independent and major labels.  The best part about it is that they offer free and legal downloads.  Find an artist that you like and listen to similar music or listen to a contributing editor’s playlist to discover new gems. If you like it, download it.  It’s that simple.  Impress the biggest music snobs you know with your newfound playlists.

FREE Publicity

November 18, 2008

Normally, businesses will hire a publicist to get exposure on news outlets.  This type of exposure is priceless but definitely not free.  In fact, there is probably a direct correlation between how much you pay and the quality of exposure you get.  When you pay a publicist you are getting skills but most importantly, you are getting contacts.  Let’s face it.  For the most part you’ve developed your own pitch.  You know you’re value add, your key differentiator, your story.  The fact of the matter is that when you invest in a good publicist you are often times paying for contacts.  The best publicists are well-connect.  Peter Shankman is a very well-connected publicist.  But instead of charging the world an arm and a leg for matching journalists with subject matter experts, Peter, in all of his PR glory, has set up Help a Reporter Out.  Sign up for HARO and receive 3 square emails a day from journalists looking for subject matter experts to quote on varying topics.  Pitch your business and how it relates to their story and PRESTO!  You are now your own well-connected publicist!

To be.

November 18, 2008

I think, therefore, I AM….why have I started this blog?  Because if there is one thing I’m going at, it’s finding things.  I am the treasure of treasure hunters.  Only my treasures are gadgets.  More specifically, online gadgets.  Useful things that help people.  Useful FREE things.  I collect these things like jewels in my bookmarks.  From time to time I pass them along to people who I think could use them.

In case you were unaware, we are currently in a nirvana of FREE things on the internet (what some people are referring to as freeconomics).  Why this is the case should be left to a more cerebral population.  For those that enjoy cool, free things that improve your life, join me.  We’ve hit the big one.