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Whether you’re diving into social media this summer or still looking for the productivity benefit of all these online social apps, there’s a service I’ve been using the last few weeks that is worthy of you attention: SecondBrain. What SecondBrain does very, very well is combine […] Read more »

Yesterday I learned a brand new trick to teach my iPod that I’ll get to in a moment; what I found interesting was where and how I learned it: at Now I could explain the trick – adding items to my iPod’s top menu – […] Read more »

It used to be if you wanted business intelligence software for your company, you’d just write a check for $100,000 to Oracle, SAP or IBM, wait for the 18 cubic feet of paper documentation to arrive, then assign a few dozen programmers you had handy to […] Read more »

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The next time you get one of those whiny alumni spam pitches for money, pause for a minute before tossing it. It just might be hiding a slick social network-powered backchannel to get your next job. Affinity Circles provides white-label social network sites for over 140 […] Read more »

One of the things “real” offices have that virtual web worker offices don’t is the break room bulletin board. That’s that shared space you stare at while your coffee is brewing. It’s where the people you work with stick photos of their new babies, garage sale […] Read more »

I’m in Tokyo right now and having recently let my .mac account lapse, I’m trying out several different ways of giving my family and friends back home a glimpse of what I’m seeing. Kinverge is a social network designed for just this task. Unlike most social […] Read more »

just before a big holiday weekend and an overseas trip my web hosting company’s server for my main email account imploded. For the past day, no email. While that company will go nameless for now (out of respect for three years of great service), I’m definitely […] Read more »

There’s one big downside to dragging all your web-worker gear from venue to venue, Starbucks to client site: you lose things. A mini iPod here, a cell phone there – besides the trauma, drama and cost, you just know you’re never going to see that physical […] Read more »

If you don’t work like a deskbound “knowledge worker,” why would you look for next big thing at at a traditional job board? That’s the question StartupAgents is those who are ready to jump into the world of startup software companies will be asking. StartupAgents is […] Read more »

The more velocity there is in your working life, the more meetings you attend, or rather suffer through. MyCommittee can’t promise to turn off the spigot on your whinging co board members, but it does hold out the promise that you can plan, structure and organize […] Read more »

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Online calendaring is one of those “it’s so simple, why can’t developers get it right?” problems – no one solution ever seems to get at the problem without adding complexity to your life. So you pile onto Outlook, iCal, Google Calendar, your Evite or similar service, […] Read more »

If you’d like to see a bit of your future as a mobile worker, you could do much worse than a quick read of a new report just out with a title that doesn’t do it justice: Wireless Technology for Social Change: Trends in NGO Mobile […] Read more »

If you thought Amazon was the lone vendor out there selling virtual application server services, look again: two more companies are battling for the hearts, minds and server infrastructure of the people writing all those web based services web workers use. Nirvanix – who woke up […] Read more »

Google and its ecosystem of small Mac and Windows developers continue to eat away at the justifications for Microsoft line of products; this week it’s calendar synchronization. Microsoft used to own this game: if you wanted to to be able to share calendars then your organization […] Read more »

Wouldn’t it be great if you you could keep all of your social networks up to date with whatever you’re blogging, and what’s more, cross post between blogs? At least, that’s the theory behind Six Apart’s new Facebook application, Blog It. Great in theory – but […] Read more »

I don’t know about you, but I’ve completely lost count of how many passwords I have online. 100? 200? I have no idea. And yes, I know, each of them should be unique as more and more of who I am and what I do ends […] Read more »

MicroISVs, software developers who have fired their bosses and clients to start their own software companies, work on the bleeding edge of online technology. They are the earliest of adopters, among the fastest to jump on a new tool, idea, process or site that let’s them […] Read more »

If you’re looking for another reason to stop using desktop applications, here’s one: with TypeRoom Lite, you can edit your web site from any browser…for free. Presently in open beta, TypeRoom Lite will load a copy of any web page you want, let you edit its […] Read more »

Anyone who’s ever tried to collaborate live on the web with other people, be it making a presentation, sharing a desktop or just talking about what they see, quickly learns the difference between theory and reality. The theory is web collaboration is so easy. The reality […] Read more »

While a picture is often worth a thousand words, being able to marry your words to your pictures or video and letting anyone you want add their words effortlessly makes VoiceThread a unique and powerful tool. With VoiceThread, you start with a image – it might […] Read more »

Here’s a possible update on the old saying, “Those who can: do. Those who can’t: teach.” Those who need to teach, train or monetize their skills use moodle. There’s about a bazillion Content Management Systems out there, with more being released into the wild daily, so […] Read more »

As much as I love bloggers, very few bloggers can beat professional writers when those writers labor sometimes months on a 15,000 word story for the New York Times Magazine or The New Yorker, interviewing dozens of people and officials, going where the story is really […] Read more »

We’ve all been on one side or another of one of those damn boomerang task emails: you know, the one where someone wants you to do X and then emails bounce back and forth, back and forth as you (or they) work. TaskAnyone has a new […] Read more »

Since I started writing for Web Worker Daily last month, I’ve been trying to remember a web app I’d seen a year ago that make it possible to catch up on a lot of breaking online news in just a few minutes. That app was popurls […] Read more »

For many web workers, a big stress reduction tool has been David Allen’s “Getting Things Done.” It’s a bit of a cult/religious movement for some, with good reason for its promise of relieving the mind by removing the data and details that bog it down. Earlier this month, WWD writer Bob Walsh interviewed David Allen with an eye towards finding out how he stays healthy in this age of information overload. This is part 1 of a 3 part conversation. Read more »

Bowing to what Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer called the changing landscape of the IT industry and others call pressure from EU anti-trust actions, Microsoft announced today the release of some of its technical crown jewels: the heretofore secret APIs Microsoft products used to talk with each […] Read more »

Backpack, 37signals lightweight online information organizer has just morphed into a very handy intranet for web worker online businesses with the addition of multiuser page, calendar, messaging and reminder functions. “The concept of an intranet has been perverted over the years to be a bunch of […] Read more »

What if any page on the Internet – any web application, shared document, blog – had a back side you could use to track what you wanted to and be able to easily share that with your fellow web workers via email, for free? That’s what […] Read more »

Late Friday Google redefined who you are on the net with the release into the wild of the Google Social Graph API. Last week, your Amazon profile didn’t know who your connections were on Plaxo Pulse, your career history on LinkedIn or that you were using […] Read more »

In a surprise move, Microsoft proposed today to buy Yahoo! for approximately $44.6 billion in cash and stock. “We have great respect for Yahoo!, and together we can offer an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market,” Read more »

If web site bookmarking is something you do day in and day out, there’s a new bookmarking tool you need to add to your browser – Instapaper (via TechCrunch). The side project of Marco Arment, creator of the very cool micro-blogging service Tumbir, Instapaper is online […] Read more »

For those times when your best and brightest isn’t required in front of your PC or Mac, there’s talk radio Internet style at, offering up about 400 shows a day on everything from the paranormal to who scored the most points in last night’s presidential […] Read more »

If your New Year’s Resolution to get fit is still under construction 21 days later, here’s a quick set of Web 2.0 sites combining social networking, online record keeping and solid health and fitness information for your consideration. Note – If it has been years since […] Read more »

In a move designed to make MySQL enterprise friendly, give prospective IT hardware buyers more reasons to consider Sun and further fuel Microsoft’s Open Source heartburn, Sun announced today it is acquiring MySQL AB for $1 billion in cash and debt. “We’re putting a billion dollars […] Read more »

Dressing up your iGoogle just got easier with Google’s launch of a theme directory where you people can submit, rate and select new theme’s for their personalized search portal. For the first time anyone can create and submit a theme for iGoogle – so long as […] Read more »

What if you found the perfect URL for your new online company, only to find out that the company that you used to check it bought it themselves to sell to you for an inflated price? Network Solutions has run afoul of bloggers, domain registry industry […] Read more »

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