Scheduling a mess? Untangle it with Tungle.me!

In today’s global society, scheduling meetings can be a real pain.  Technology has managed to make the world smaller thanks to video conferencing, virtual meeting spaces, and VoIP calling.  One thing it has not done is make it that much easier to get people together at one time, across time zones.  Luckily, Tungle.me is trying to change that. What is Tungle.me?  Well, to quote their own tagline, Tungle.me is “scheduling made easy”.  Need to set up a conference call with colleagues in Caracas, besties in Beijing, and allies in Adelaide?  Don’t get tangled up trying to figure out time differences, let Tungle.me do it for you.  This site litreally makes scheduling meetings with folks far and wide a snap.  It accounts for time differences and brings diverse schedules together for you.  How?  By syncing with most major calendar applications. An account on Tungle.me is free and easy to set up.  Once you sign up, you simply sync it with your

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Google’s new URL shortener not short on features!

As if there were not already enough choices for shortening those long URLs, another one has launched.  And if it was not for the company launching it, we would probably not be paying it much attention.  But this is no run-of-the-mail-under-the-radar kind of unveiling.  This is Google’s new URL shortener, Goo.gl and it is not the least bit short on sweet features. As we said, there are plenty of URL shorteners already on the market.  From the uber popular Bit.ly to the simple, yet customizable Doiop, they are a true godsend to anyone looking to save space and improve the aesthetic of long, complicated, and ugly URLs.  For tweeters especially, these tools are becoming ubiquitous.  To play in the URL shortening game today, a start-up has to bring something big to the table.  What the new Goo.gl brings is the backing of search behemoth Google, its bag of innovations and tricks, and a pretty tall promise to be the “stablest, most secure, and fastest

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Historious is bookmarking magic!

Bookmarking.  We all do it and it can be quite a burden.  For most of us, it is a constant process of selecting, organizing, tagging, reorganizing, retagging . . . well, you get the picture.  Bookmarking for most of us has been a great deal of work.  Thanks to Historious, it no longer has to be such a bear. Historious is nothing short of bookmarking magic.  A few easy steps are all that stand between you and a searchable archive of your favorite sites.  It works something like this: You find a site you like. You bookmark it to Historious using a bookmarklet or browser extension. You use Historious’ built-in search to recall the sites you have bookmarked. Voila!  It could hardly be any easier.  Historious saves a copy of the site exactly as it exists when you bookmarked it.  This is perfect for those of us who like to bookmark particular stories.  You do not need to organize or tag your

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Google Follow Finder help you find the right tweeps!

There are many ways to find folks worth following on Twitter.  You can use any of the Twitter search engines to find people using specific hashtags or words, such as “#libraries” or librarianship.  You can follow specific Twitter lists, such as our own “Librariana” (http://twitter.com/iBraryGuy/librariana).  There are even sites such as WeFollow.com that are dedicated to classifying and ranking Twitter users.  Perhaps one of the easiest means of finding tweeters worth following, however, is to simply look at who is following the tweeps you already know and trust.  Google’s new Follow Finder aims to make that method of finding folks to follow even easier. Using Follow Finder is as easy as entering the name of anyone Twitter.  For instance, you could search for “iBraryGuy” (no “@” required).  Click the search button and you will get results in two columns.  The first column, labeled “Tweeps You Might Like”, is a list of recommended Twitterers based on the tweeps whom the person

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Simply Hired revolutionizes the job hunt . . . simply!

In times likes these, job security is on everyone’s minds.  Unfortunately, for many, so is the job search.  The unemployment figures are staggering and competition for job vacancies is stiff.  Simply Hired is a beacon of hope in these difficult days.  Its simple, yet feature-rich suite of tools just might make finding that dream job a whole lot easier and more manageable! The creators of Simply Hired had a single goal in mind – creating a single site where job seekers could easily search all jobs available on the web.  What resulted is no small feat to say the least!  Simply Hired aggregates job listings from thousands of websites including the leading job boards, company career sites, newspaper classifieds, non-profit sites, government sites, and more.  It’s an amazing one-stop-shop for job hunters! Do not be fooled, however.  Simply Hired is more than just a job search.  The site packs in some great and unique features that make it stand out above similar

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Are your tweets influential? Check your Klout!

Do you ever wonder who is reading those tweets you are sending?  How about whether those tweets have any real impact on the folks who are following you?  After all, a person’s influence cannot be measured by the number of followers alone.  Nope, you need to get a more robust sense of who is actually listening to you or acting upon your messages.  That is where Klout comes in! Klout assigns scores to Twitter users by actually measuring the spheres of influence.  The higher the score, the more influential the person.  Klout also categorizes users into one of four categories, based on their scores.  Casual Users, for instance, may be new or have a small social circle online.  Climbers are on their way up, of course. Connectors are conduits of information to other users.  Finally, Personas  are folks that have really managed to build a brand around themselves in the Twitterverse.  Pretty cool, right?  If it sounds like a tricky and

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Tired of Talking to Machines? Time to GetHuman!

Do you hate those automated menus you get when you call a business for support or information? I know I often do. Sometimes, let’s face it, you just want to talk to a real, living, breathing, human being. Is that really so much to ask?  The folks at GetHuman have created a site designed to help you bypass those automated phone systems to get to the people on the other side. Their site is simple, as it well should be. Almost 1000 businesses and organizations are listed and the number is growing. GetHuman is easy to navigate, just start typing the name of the company or organization in the searchbox and GetHuman will start showing your possible listings. For each entity listed, the site provides the contact number and instructions on bypassing its automated phone system. You can also get and post ratings on customer service experiences with that business. A great and simple model for getting things done!

Drop.io makes file sharing drop-dead-easy!

As e-mail systems crack down on the size of files that users are allowed to receive, it is becoming increasingly difficult to share large documents, media clips, and other big files with distant friends and colleagues.  Don’t fight the system.  Get wise and drop your files with Drop.io – a real time sharing site that makes it as easy as two clicks.  With Drop.io, you can share files in real time by web, email, mobile, social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and even iTunes.  You simply upload a file, set any security and privacy requirements you may have, and then let your contacts know that the file is there for their access.  It is REALLY quite easy.  Best of all, it is FREE!  A premium version is available for those who need even more functionality. The iBraryGuy team used Drop.io, with great success, to share a PowerPoint and its accompanying handout with hundreds of attendees at the 2009 Special Libraries Association annual meeting and conference.  Want

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To make sweet screencasts, use a little Screenjelly!

Screencasting is all the rage these days.  From longer demonstrations to short how-tos to quick hellos, folks are using screencasts to make up for the lack of being able to to be everywhere all the time.  Navigating the technology needed to create these screencasts can be a little daunting, however.  Thankfully, there is a sleek online resource that makes short screencasts a breeze.  If you’re hungering for an easy screencasting solution, take a little taste of Screenjelly! Screenjelly is sweet!  Its site lets users create three-minute screencasts on their computers, complete with audio, and then share them via Twitter, Facebook or e-mail.  It is completely browser-based, so there is no software to install.  ScreenJelly also offers a bookmarklet that allows users to start a screen capture with a quick click and a button that can be added to any website that will allow users to record something and embed it in the site.  Veodia, the company behind ScreenJelly, also offers a premium tool

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Easy, Interactive Grocery Lists a Zip with ZipList!

Although shopping for groceries is not necessarily a library or research function, the iBraryGuy team recently came across a resource that was too good not to share with our professional colleagues.  Besides, we know that you all take your shopping seriously and that, as a whole, librarians are an uber-organized bunch.  Thus, today's review and recommendation – ZipList.   ZipList is a hot, new set of tools designed to make the task of creating a grocery list not just easy, but also interactive.  Create lists online, using a free account, and then share them with friends and family via the web, e-mail, and even text messaging.  They can then add things to your list or even do some shopping for you.  Your list is accessible on the go from your laptop or smartphone browser.  An iPhone app is on the way!   There is much more to ZipList than just making and sharing lists, however.  It is literally designed to

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