Twitter With Your Favorite Productivity Web Apps

In an effort to justify the time that I spend on Twitter, I am always looking for ways to be able to claim that I use it for more productive purposes.

I am finding that many of the more popular web services have recognized that Twitter is becoming a communication hub of sorts. This leads to some great connection functionality built right into their apps that lets users get at their data from within Twitter. If you’re spending quite a bit of time in a Twitter client anyway, having the ability to quickly access or add to your info without needing to load another app can be significant.

So here are some of my favorite, or otherwise notable, applications that let me tweak every last bit of productivity I can from my Twitter time.

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A Second Look at Evernote, Joint Contact, Backboard, Retaggr and Zemanta

I’ve been blogging here about Web apps and ideas for work for a while now so I thought I’d revisit some of the apps I’ve posted about in the past months. Where are they now? What are some of their latest developments?

Ever Improving Evernote

EvernoteI blogged about Evernote back in April while they were still in private beta. Mike Gunderloy has also covered them several times. Judi Sohn has also mentioned them a few times including recently.

The latest from Evernote seems to be some tweaking to add more finesse to the application’s versions on the Web, via Mobile Web and on the iPhone such as:

  • Rich text editing including bullets, colors, and styles on their Web version.
  • A new web clipper Firefox and Flock extension for Windows, Mac and Linux.
  • The ability to change the title of a note during web clipping
  • The ability to edit text notes on Evernote Mobile Web and soon on iPhone.

I like the way Evernote uses social media communications to stay in touch with customers including FriendFeed and via a Facebook fan page.

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Joint Contact Inserts Social Media Into Web-Based Project Management

Joint Contact homeI’ve been using Web-based project management tools both as fodder for blog posts but, more importantly, to explore how they might positively impact my Web work. I’ve been using Basecamp the longest and pay about $24/month for a slightly upgraded service. After a small learning hump, most of my virtual team members are on board and some of my clients are working with it.

I also started using Deskaway‘s free level of service for a new client project as I wrote about in May, and after a little over a month using it, my team and I are abandoning it because it just hasn’t been intuitive enough for us. So I recently learned about Joint Contact through a series of serendipitous events and decide to try it out. Next thing you know, I’m getting a demo from the company’s founder and having a great discussion about usability issues and incorporating social media tools into project management tools, namely Twitter.

What? Twitter incorporated into Joint Contact? What does that mean exactly?
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LiveU Raises $9M for Live Broadcasting Hardware

LiveU, a mobile live broadcasting system, has raised $9 million in Series B funding, according to Globes Online. We first covered the company in our “One to Watch” feature in February.

The Kfar Saba, Israel-based startup has built a piece of hardware meant to displace television news satellite-transmission trucks. It combines existing cellular, Wi-Fi and WiMAX signals to transmit live video. Half the size of a laptop, the device can (supposedly) reliably and cheaply deliver up to 2 MB per second.

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NBC Finds More People Watching Full Episodes

NBC released new research today that it says shows a large chunk of its online audiences are watching full-length episodes of programs — and better remembering the ads in them. The research was funded by NBC, so take it with a grain of self-promoting salt, but it does seem to fall in line with previous independent research.

NBC found 77 percent of its NBC Rewind player users were streaming shows as a complement to TV viewing, with most saying they were catching up on missed episodes. Solutions Research Group had earlier found that 20 percent of the U.S. online population watched TV on the web on a weekly basis, and 21 percent of all visits to major network sites were to watch a specific show. The NBC number is a little vague as to how many “most” is, but its numbers do suggest that people are searching for particular shows.

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kct opinion: Vista can run well on mobile devices

I’ve read through James’ opinion piece entitled "Vista will never run well on mobile devices" several times. I’ve also read the many comments that the post generated. While I agree with the observable facts, I’m actually finding that I have a completely different experience. How so and why is that? Good questions which I’ll address in this opinon-based article. I can only provide my thoughts from my own experiences here and there’s no doubt that your own experiences will vary. And that’s the key premise behind the issue at hand; but first: my experiences with Vista on my Samsung Q1P UMPC.

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MacBooks to get integrated WWAN?

Phone News is reporting that Apple may be adding integrated WWAN (3G) to the MacBook line soon.  Apple added support for EVDO directly into the OS making them the first OEM to do so and this only makes sense.  Interestingly the report says the wireless module will be an ExpressCard module situated behind the LCD screen for better reception.

The contract Apple has signed calls for integration into MacBooks via an integratedExpressCard module. However, Apple is planning to design the card to beseated behind the display panel, removing RF interference and enhancingsignal quality. Details however are scarce on the addition however. Itis not known which carrier has been select if the aircard module isUMTS or EV-DO, or if Apple plans to support multiple carriers.

Dave Matthews Stand Up & Crash Your PC

Dave Matthews’ is a musician I don’t care much about. I especially don’t care for his new album, Stand Up, that is said to be crashing Windows PCs. The CD forces you to install some software, and if you refuse and eject the CD, the next time you try and play it again, your PC will go boom! In words of Photo Matt “this is a very bad thing.” Yet another example of record companies are doing dumb things, in order to save their coke-snorting, martini swilling, price-gouging business model, that no longer works.

Skype This and Skype That

Every since I posted my last piece on Skype, there has been a deluge of Skype Related information. For instance, Simon Perry has a great review of the Siemens-Skype Gigaset S440 phone. He likes it. I think it looks nice, though no idea about the quality and sound. Given that most of Siemens phones are of high quality, this will be no different. Meanwhile James “Kiddan” Enck has discovered that more and more corporate types are using Skype to manage global projects. Peace Corps and Accenture are two names he just throws out.