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Making the most of your online time

Tweet Spending time online can be great, or it can be hard work. Tonight I’ve (oh yeah it’s night when I’m typing this out) had one of those hard nights.  See I’m currently the primary editor (read: writer, advertising manager, promotions manager, technical contact etc) on 3 sites and writer on another 2, plus the [...]

Spending time online can be great, or it can be hard work. Tonight I’ve (oh yeah it’s night when I’m typing this out) had one of those hard nights. 

See I’m currently the primary editor (read: writer, advertising manager, promotions manager, technical contact etc) on 3 sites and writer on another 2, plus the occasional guest post on other blogs. On top of this I like to maintain an active Twitter presence on my personal Twitter account & I have to update 4 other twitter accounts. And this isn’t even my day job.

So you could say that my time online here at home is precious and I want to put it to good use. Thankfully  there are some tools to help with this & to make this job a little easier – at least that’s what I’m telling myself as I start to use them.

WordPress

WordPress is a fantastic system and now that the team are so close to releasing the full version of WordPress 2.7 it’s getting even better.

WordPress allows you to schedule posts – okay yeah it’s done this for a while now – which means when the creative mood hits, you can sit down and type up post after post after post – and have then auto publish.

But there is more to WordPess that makes my job easier. Any and all plugins can now be updated at the click of a button – no more need to download & ftp. But even better yet, the entire WordPress code base can now be updated at the click of a button & I LOVE IT! I’ve also noticed that now some plugins can now be auto-installed through the admin as well.

SocialToo

SocialToo is an online twitter account system that can auto subscribe to those that follow you. In the world of Twitter it is polite to follow those that follow you.

SocialToo also has a feature that can post a direct message to those followers too – however use that with caution if you do. (I don’t and I don’t recommend you do). Many people now HATE it as so many of them seem scammy.

BrightKit

BrightKit.com (not to be confused with brightkite.com) is a new web service still in beta, but gosh it’s gotta be one of the highlights of the web for now.

It’s simple really, manage multiple accounts from one login. Assign users to different accounts if you have users who share a Twitter account. But the best feature for me right now – is scheduling posts. There are other systems that allow you to schedule posts, however BrightKit’s current features and the new ones planned, make it a clear winner.

Google Apps

I use Google Apps for everything and I share certain docs with different people to ensure we are all on the same page. One of the things I set up tonight is a spreadsheet full of URL’s with great content & resources – which I pulled from emails sent between me and a few friends.

But Google Apps can make this better. I set up a FORM in my Google App tonight, just a basic one with 3 form feilds. Now I (or any of my mates) can go to this form at any time, drop in the resource URL and it’ll save it to the Spreadsheet. No need to login, find the document and then edit.

The spreadsheet is still shared so we all can see it, it’s just now got a simple interface to the front of it.

Summary

With these (along with others) tricks I find that when I spend a few solid hours online, I have a few days of work done, that results in blog posts like this publishing themselves for me (sounds easy ey!)

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3 Responses

12.10.08

Hey! Thanks for the mention – You’re right, BrightKit allows multiple editors on each of your Twitter profiles. We’re also rolling out new features (stats), so stay tuned! We appreciate your feedback, if you have any more, just let us know.

12.10.08

Great post Mr K! I especially look forward to trying out BrightKit. (I noticed you tweeted early this morning surely you were sleeping) Online productivity is key and small things can make a difference. Oh one other thing, hows about sending through the Google App’s form link?

12.10.08

Hey Rich, yeah I do now schedule tweets for around the clock – which is kinda fun. As for the Google App form link – no sorry it’s a private form so I’d rather not publish it