Technology on a daily basis, makes our world easier to live in. Our faith-based efforts can also be made easier, more effective and more efficient. As we approach the close of 2014. I wanted to share some tools that have made my evangelistic and business efforts more fruitful.
BitLy is a URL shortening service. A shortened URL promotes sharing of your content. It also provides usage data on your users and your content. A custom branded short url is great for building a brand.
Dropbox is a well implemented, cloud-based, automatic, file-syncing service that’s ideal for working with files you can store in a single folder. Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of which computer is used to view it. Files placed in this folder are also accessible via the Dropbox website and mobile apps.
WordPress gives you the ability to build, update, and change a website yourself, with no programming experience required. It is as easy to learn to post and edit content on a WordPress site as it is to send email.
There are two choices for free WordPress websites: WordPress.com is a free online blog hosting service where you can create a blog in minutes. WordPress.org allows you to download the WordPress source code that you can install on your own server.
If you need to keep track of multiple social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. then Hootsuite is the tool you need. I use it several times everyday. It allows you to schedule posts across your platforms, track analytics, and easily follow certain hashtags. Best of all IT’S FREE!
Google Drive is the best online collaborative platform you’ll find, and it’s free. It Includes local file-syncing and offline access to documents. Built-in OCR technology searches PDFs, images, etc. Generous free storage space if you use Google file formats for most docs.
That’s it. Hope this adds to your healthy and prosperous New Year!