To be successful in social media, you'll need a ton of shortcuts, and these apps and services are things that Guy Kawasaki and I have both tested and love for our social media and recommended in The Art of Social Media.
We'll be updating this list with new fun things that we find and want to share with you. These are in alphabetical order cause that's how we roll.
Alltop. Aggregation of RSS feeds organized by topic.
Buffer. Social-media content-scheduling platform.
Camera+. Mobile photo-editing app.
Chrome. Google’s Web browser.
ClickToTweet. Service to add clickable links to send tweets.
Color Splash. Mobile photo-editing app.
Constant Contact. Email marketing with a customizable toolkit.
Creative Commons. Nonprofit organization that enables sharing of creative works; it maintains a front end to search other sharing websites.
Facebook. Social-media platform.
Feedly. RSS reader app and service.
Flickr Creative Commons. Flickr collection of Creative Commons photos.
FloDesk The best email for small businesses
Fotolia. Stock-photography website.
Futurity. News-aggregation service for research from top universities.
Goodreads. Social network for readers and writers.
Google Scholar. Specialty search engine to find scholarly research.
Hootsuite. Social-media monitoring and scheduling platform.
Iconosquare. Instagram desktop viewing site for popular content.
IFTTT (If This Then That). Utility to connect different websites to do things automatically.
Instagram. Social-media photo-sharing app owned by Facebook.
iStockPhoto. Stock-photography website.
LikeAlyzer. Service for Facebook measurement and metrics.
LinkedIn. Professional social-networking platform.
MailChimp. Service for e-mail lists.
NPR (National Public Radio). Not-for-profit news service.
Photo Repost. Mobile app to share other people’s Instagram photos.
Plann That. Instagram scheduling
Pinterest. Social-media platform to share pictures.
Populagram. Service to view popular photos from Instagram on desktop or mobile.
Reddit. User-generated and user-rated Internet news service.
Replies and More. Chrome extension for Google+ that enhances replying to comments.
Repost for Instagram. App for Instagram to reshare photos.
SlideShare. Website for sharing presentations.
SmartBrief. News curation and aggregation service.
Snapseed. Mobile photo-editing with Google+ integration.
SocialBro. Twitter monitoring, measurement, and maintenance service.
Stocksy. Stock-photography website.
Storify. Service to compile stories across social-media platforms.
Stresslimit. Editorial calendar plug-in for WordPress blogs.
Tumblr. Blogging platform.
TweetDeck. App for Twitte
Wikimedia Commons. Collection of public-domain and freely licensed images, sound clips, and video clips.
Wikiquote. Free online compendium of quotations and their sources.
WiseStamp. Service to create custom e-mail signatures.
X, formerly known as Twitter. Social-media platform.
YouTube. Video-sharing site.
This Pinterest resource board has all the articles and online assets such as YouTube videos or Slideshare presentations that we share in The Art of Social Media.
We'd love to hear what you love and why in the comments below.