March 24, 2009 Tony Morgan

25 Free Web Apps That Make Life Easier

Here’s the revised list of various free Web applications that I’m using. I tried to rank these in order of perceived value they add to my life.

  1. Gmail – I’ve been using it for years for personal/blog email. Last year I ditched Outlook and am also using it for all work email. Try Gmail Labs for fun beta options.
  2. Google Calendar – We’ve been using it for family calendar for several years. Last year I also shifted my work calendar. Now my wife, my assistant and I are all on the same page.
  3. WordPress – It’s how I share daily insights about ministry, leadership and life from my blog.
  4. Twitter – It’s how I share mini-insights throughout my day.
  5. Google Reader – I made the switch from Bloglines to Google Reader within the last year. I use it to track about 100 blogs each day.
  6. PeopleBrowsr – I loved TweetDeck, but I made the switch recently to PeopleBrowsr (no “e”) because it provides a browser-based option for following friends on Twitter.
  7. YouVersion – I love being able to read, search and study the Bible online. It also adds an entirely new dimension when you can do that in community with others.
  8. Mint.com – I quit Quicken cold turkey in January, and I’ve started using this app for tracking all my personal finances.
  9. Google Documents – Whenever possible, I’m trying to shift all my word processing and spreadsheets to the online option because it makes sharing and collaboration a lot easier. This is especially helpful when working with teammates in other cities.
  10. Lala.com – This music site lets you listen to a stream of a full song before you commit to purchasing it. You can also sync your iTunes library to the site.
  11. Google Analytics – I use it to track stats for my blog.
  12. FeedBurner – This is the service I use to track subscribers to my blog.
  13. ChurchMetrics – This free service offered by LifeChurch.tv is what we use to track stats across all our NewSpring campuses.
  14. Delicious – I use Delicious to track cool churches and tag websites for future blog posts.
  15. ScribbleLive – This website allows me to live blog events. One click allows full integration with my WordPress blog.
  16. Facebook – Okay, I don’t really use it. “Fake Tony” uses it. I’m on it, though, because it’s how the world is connected through social networking.
  17. YouTube – There are other (maybe better) websites for sharing video, but everyone is using YouTube.
  18. Hulu.com – It’s my preferred site for watching television shows online.
  19. Skype – Anything that allows me to make video calls to my sister in Cambodia for free is a pretty cool service.
  20. Mogulus – This is my current favorite app for broadcasting live video from my webcam.
  21. Google Groups – When I need a private method of communicating and sharing information and files with others, I use this site to bring people together.
  22. Pandora – This is a site that you can use to create your own Internet radio station that plays your favorite genre of music.
  23. Woopra – This site is amazing. I use it to periodically monitor live traffic on my blog…though I’ve been afraid to try the instant chat with current visitors on my blog.
  24. YouSendIt – It’s a great tool for sending big files to other people.
  25. Bringo – This site places the telephone call and navigates the phone trees so that you can talk directly to a human.

    That’s my current list. What am I missing?

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    Tony is the Chief Strategic Officer and founder of The Unstuck Group, theunstuckgroup.com. For 14 years, Tony served on the senior leadership teams at West Ridge Church (Dallas, GA), NewSpring Church (Anderson, SC) and Granger Community Church (Granger, IN). He's written several books and articles that have been featured with the Willow Creek Association, Catalyst and Pastors.com.
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