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What tools are essential for you?

I currently follow a blog called ArchivesNext and whilst it's American it can have some very interesting posts. One such post was 'What tools are essential for you?' Followers were asked what web tools/sites/apps they use everyday, and which ones are essential to their working/social lives. The blog gained some good (and numerous!) responses, mostly from archivists, but no doubt there were others putting in their two-cents worth as well.

If you're wondering what others are using, or deciding what you could use to organise (or complicate!) your daily life, whether it be at work or home, perhaps you could check out the following, as recommended by others from around the world. Most are free, at least in basic subscription form, though some are paid, and some rely on other applications, tools, etc. to work.

I've placed them in the following handy categories:

Task Management

Secure password storage

On-line data/file storage

  • dropbox
  • Google Docs
  • MS Sharepoint
  • Adobe Workspaces

File Backup

  • Carbonite
  • Mozy

Social networking/Communication/Project Collaboration

  • Twitter
  • Google Voice
  • Gmail
  • Skype
  • Redmine
  • Openfire
  • Facebook
  • Diaspora
  • www.github.com
  • Blogger


  • Evernote
  • Diigo
  • Zotero
  • xmarks.com
  • Delicious.com

URL Shorteners

  • bit.ly
  • su.pr

Website Creation

  • RefineryCMS
  • Flavors.me


  • Google Reader (keeps track of your favourite blogs & other texts)
  • Springpad (note-taking)
  • tomatoi.st (a timer)

So my question is, what web tools/sites/apps do you recommend and why? Do you use any that aren't on this list? This list is largely compiled from Americans, so I'd be interested to see what Australians are using in comparison.