Tools/Apps/Plugins

Facebook Applications that Let You Do Cool Stuff on Facebook

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Have you ever wanted to DISLIKE something?
The Status Magic Facebook app can add a dislike button to any status updates posted via the app. And if you wanted to really mix it up you can actually customize the second emotion to anything, such as “love,” “hate,” “disagree” or even “LOLs.”

Want to tag people in your Status Update?
To mention someone in a status update just type “@” in the status bar and start typing their name as it appears on Facebook. An auto-generated list will then come up with people in your social circle whose name starts with the letters you’ve typed. The feature also works with pages, brands, events and companies. Hit the name you want, complete the update, click share and the name will become a hyperlink (you won’t see the @ symbol) and will appear in blue text.

Create a word cloud from your Status Updates:
There’s a really fun way to visualize anyone’s status updates (even an entire country’s) as a word cloud. The Status Analyzer 3D app will look at what it is you’ve been chatting about lately and generate a list, and then a pretty, colorful, animated cloud. You can share the results with others on the social networking site by posting it to your friends’ walls or by adding it to your profile.

Ever wanted to talk like a pirate?
Turn your Status Update into Piratespeak with the help of this translator http://www.talklikeapirateday.com/translate/index.php

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Apps to Improve Your Business Promotion on Facebook

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Think LinkedIn (LinkedIn) is the only place for business? Facebook (Facebook) is growing rapidly and it’s becoming a destination for businesses and business professionals alike to establish a presence. Here are over 30 Facebook applications to help promote, network, communicate, collaborate and accomplish more with your business.


Blog Promotion


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Networked Blogs app – This app shows up on your profile or in your boxes tab and displays your blog and any of the blogs you like to read. It’s a great way to promote yourself and others.

Notes (Default App) – Default App found on the right side of your profile. Add your RSS feed and view your friends’ feeds. When your blog updates it shows the article in your feed.

Social RSS – This one can be in either a box on your profile or even better, its own tab on your profile.

Simplaris BlogCast – Quick and simple way to put the title of your blog post and a link to it in your feed.


Business / Self Promotion


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Define Me – Displays a cloud of words others use to describe your business. This could be your best friend or worst enemy depending on your business and customer service.

GLPrint Business Cards – A flashier business card; gives you options to create your digital business card.

IEndorse – Testimonials are a great way to build the value of your company. This app allows Facebook denizens to endorse your company or find it via the IEndorse business database.

My BusinessBlinkWeb – Create a widget that promotes your business and that others can place on their profiles. This basically turns your friends, clients, or customers into your advertisers.

Professional Profile – Create a tab on your profile for all of your professional contacts, information, and activities. Very useful if you want to separate the two sides of yourself.

Posted Items (Default App) – Share anything you find on the Internet by posting it to your profile. Videos, blogs, or even articles about you or your company or anything else you find interesting.

Testimonials – Like IEndorse it’s a way to gather customer testimonials, but it doesn’t have the business database for searching businesses.


Communication


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CalliFlower – Free conference calls!

Smart Phone – Phone to phone calls and even some conference call features that are all handled from your FB profile.

SmartMessage Center – Smart is right. This tool allows you to send messages to groups or individuals and gives you back one single result that you can share. It’s a great tool for gathering information and then organizing it into a single page instead of wading through pages and pages of replies. You can even get the results exported as a PDF, RSS, or XLS file.

Telephone – Talk, IM, or leave voice messages. I’d say it’s more like a cell phone than a telephone, but you get the idea.

Voice Mail – Voice messaging, voice chat, voice enabled wall posts, and more. Add some sound to you profile or just make it possible to leave voice messages.


Networking


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Introductions – If you’re not good at meeting new people this app will help introduce you.

My LinkedIn Profile – Creates a badge from your LinkedIn profile that gets displayed on your Facebook profile.

SocialFly – Create notes about your online contacts, setup reminders to talk to them, and manage your contacts. Great app for keeping up with business contacts.

Tag Biz Business Network – Puts a tag cloud of descriptive tags on your profile and participating friends’ profiles. These tags link back to the Tag Biz directory where you can easily find similar businesses or people and make your networking time more efficient.

Workin’ It! – Helps you post and send out your work experience to potential employers or clients and gathers recommendations from your friends and co-workers.

Xing (XING) – Hooks into your Xing account (like the LinkedIn app does with LinkedIn) and brings the networking features of Xing to Facebook.


Collaboration


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Huddle by WorkSpaces – Store or share documents, make plans, collaborate on projects, and more (also one of  the LinkedIn apps).

My Office – This virtual office will help get everyone on the same page by sharing documents, tasks and more.


Audio/Visual


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Facebook Video (Default App) – Share videos of presentations, product demos, and even company commercials.

PodCast Player – Share audio interviews on your profile, or your company’s podcasts.

SlideShare – If you’re already using SlideShare to share your presentations online then you can connect the account to your profile. If you aren’t already using it you should and start sharing your presentations on your profile.


Miscellaneous


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JD Supra Docs – Stream your documents and info from your JD Supra Docs account to your Facebook profile.

Memorable Web Addresses for Profile, Page or Group – If you’re unhappy with your Facebook username/URL, you can make an easy to remember and easy to find address for your business or group.

My Money – This online banking app isn’t very useful if you’re a large business, but for small or single owner businesses it’s just one more tool that can help make Facebook a more valuable business stop.

Page Maps – Display a mini map (with links to larger maps) of where your business or favorite place to have business meetings are.

Static FBML – Add some advanced functionality to your Facebook Page by being able to render HTML or FBML (Facebook Markup Language) on the page. Change the look and feel, and even add apps, forms, and widgets from other places.


Run Your Business Online


With the right combination of apps you could pretty much run your business from your Facebook profile. Conference calls, virtual office, collaboration utilities, finance apps, document creation and sharing apps, and a separate tab for your business contacts and activities. Facebook is definitely a social network that can be tailored for the business professional.

Which apps do you use? If you have new ones, please post in the comments section below.

Written by Josh Peters. He authors a blog at Shuaism.com.

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See Your LinkedIn Contacts in Outlook & Much More!

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Here is a great plug-in I found that helps organize your inbox…it works directly with Microsoft Outlook. “Bill Gates calls Xobni, “the next generation of social networking.”

Xobni has the most advanced search and relationship-management solutions available for Microsoft Outlook. With Xobni, users quickly find critical information buried deep in their inbox, along with key attachments, contact information, calendar invites, and more. The average Xobni user saves more than 30 minutes a week, according to a recent Xobni survey, giving a measurable boost to productivity levels over time. Xobni provides users with:

Download your free copy at http://www.xobni.com

P.S. – The name Xobni is the word “inbox” spelled backwards.

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NEW LinkedIn App for iPhone

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Download LinkedIn for iPhone v3.0

On the heels of the opening of our LinkedIn platform, this new version represents the next step in our efforts to bring LinkedIn to whereever you work.  Professionals are increasingly mobile, and we believe that mobile business applications are better when they are built over a platform of your reputation & relationships.  This app has been redesigned and rebuilt from scratch to help you keep your professional network in your hands, whenever and whereever you need them.

New User Experience

The minute you launch the new application, you’ll immediately see the difference.  We’ve worked to bring the most common and important features to the top of the application, to make it easy to get what you need as quickly as possible.  We wanted to make sure that even if you only have thirty seconds to spare, you can get something done.

LinkedIn for iPhone v3.0

The Power of Search

Never walk into a meeting unprepared.  Whether it’s an interview, a client meeting, or a sales pitch, now you can go into any meeting knowing who you are going to meet with, and what you have in common.  LinkedIn for iPhone v3.0 includes a completely new search interface, making it trivial to easily find people whether they are in your connections list, or one of the 55 million professionals who now belong to LinkedIn.  Whether you type in a name or keyword, LinkedIn will get you the information you need whether it’s five days or five minutes before your important meeting.

The new application has revamped the profiles screen to quickly provide you:

  • A summary of details about the person
  • A review of their education & experience
  • A list of the people that you both know in common
  • The ability to mark that person a favorite

The new Favorites functionality makes it incredibly easy to keep track of people, so you can find them later in seconds.   In addition, all of the new Updates views let you filter your updates to see only updates from your favorite people.

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Your Professional Updates

Professionals increasingly need instant access to news and updates from their professional network. This new application also features a redesign of our updates functionality, giving you up to date intelligence about your network. There are now four modules to help you quickly check your updates: All Updates, Status Updates, Profile Updates, and Discussions.  You can even filter your updates to see only those from your favorite connections.

More importantly, these updates are now actionable. Based on heavy demand from our users, we have added the ability to read and submit comments on updates, right from the iPhone.

LinkedIn for iPhone: Updates

More Powerful Inbox & Addressbook Integration

The response to the recently launching Inbox on LinkedIn for iPhone v1.5 has been phenomenal. On average, our iPhone users are now checking their LinkedIn messages twice a day. v3.0 brings with it significant improvements to the Inbox, including an improved design, dashboard badging, and most importantly, support for sending invitations from a profile without the email address.

The Connections feature has been enhanced as well.  Now your connections are just a touch away, and you can easily send any of them a message on LinkedIn.  If your connection has a matching entry in your iPhone contacts, their phone numbers and email addresses will automatically show on their LinkedIn profile.  You can now also choose to download your connections into your iPhone contacts, and the application will alert you when you have a new connection who has not yet been downloaded.

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Connect In Person

LinkedIn for iPhone has added a number of new features, but we expect many will want to try out In Person.  Leveraging the new Bluetooth capabilities in iPhone 3.0, In Person allows you to find and connect with other people running the LinkedIn application in real time.

LinkedIn for iPhone: In Person

What are you waiting for?

There are too many features in the new application to detail them all here – the best way to get familiar with LinkedIn for iPhone v3.0 is to download it now.

This application represents just the beginning of our mobile efforts in 2010.   We’re just putting the finishing touches on our first native application for the Blackberry, and planning a long stretch of mobile products and enhancements in the year ahead.

If you are one of our LinkedIn for iPhone users, please join the conversation in the LinkedIn for iPhone group.  We’re very excited to hear from you and hear suggestions for new features and improvements.

By Adam Nash

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