My Web 2.0 Favorites

By Alex Vuchnich, CPA, CFE - I am a huge fan of cloud computing and web 2.0 applications. I thought I would take a moment to share some of the apps I use regularly along with a short description of each one. Many of these lean more towards personal use but there are several notable business applications as well.

Social Networking - Facebook - For sharing what I am up to with my friends and family I have migrated over to the current social networking site du jour. Aside from keeping everyone up-to-date, Facebook can import content from mman of my other web 2.0 applications which allows for one central place to share with everyone.

Business Networking - LinkedIn - When I am looking for referrals, professional advice, recruiting or just to connect with a work colleague that I have fallen out of touch with.

RSS News Aggregation - Google Reader - I track a lot of news sites, some specifically on accounting, software and technology and many others on my favorite hobbies. Every morning I open my Reader feed list and start the day with a cup of coffee and a concise reading list of the news that matters to me.

Bookmarking - Delicious - I travel a lot and that means many times I want to access my bookmarks from another PC. Delicious syncs all my bookmarks so I can access them online and also provides a means to share those with friends and coworkers so they can check out any of my interesting finds on the web.

Micro-blogging - Twitter - Although I am not much of a micro-blogger myself, there are numerous internet personalities that I like to keep up with daily. I receive "tweets" directly to my mobile phone on upcoming events, news and special offers.

Personal Finance - Mint - I spend all day working with numbers so I hate spending time on my on finances when my workday ends. Mint automatically updates and households all of my accounts and provides a dashboard view of my complete financial picture.

Financial Analysis - ProfitCents - When I need to evaluate a company or to get data on private companies I run an analysis through this business analytics tool (Full Disclosure - I am employed by the company that develops ProfitCents)

Media Sharing - Orb - For accessing all of my digital video, photos, musice and recorded TV when I am away from my home. It even can be configured to stream cable TV (think Slingbox).

Books - Goodreads - A great place to get book reviews, recommendations and find out what friends and like minded individuals are reading.

A few other apps:

Instant Messaging - Meebo
Notebook - Evernote
Calendar - Google Calendar
Internet Radio - LastFM
Whiteboard - Dabbleboard
News - Digg
Backup - Mozy

To add me to your network and see what I am sharing go to my profile links for:

LinkedIn
Google Reader
Delicious
Twitter
Digg
LastFM

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by Alex Vuchnich, CPA, CFE - Alex Vuchnich is the developer of Controlzkit an internal controls anaylsis tool and shares his perspective on how audit and accounting theory, technology and professional ethics interrelate to create forward thinking profitable firms.

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