Soocial

Much of my digital life is online, publically or privately in one way or another… and if it’s not then I am looking for ways to get it online. I don’t mean online in the form of facebook etc., I mean online for synchronisation purposes or backup. I am going to tell you all about a great product called Humyo one day but for now I want to tell you about Soocial.

I use a desktop at home and a desktop at work and now and then I boot my historic laptop up. I also now have an N96 phone so being able to sync all these computers/devises is a must for me. I am just not happy carrying around an external hard drive or plugging things in here and there or running two calendars etc… I want to run a life where I don’t worry about backups of everything all the time. Synchronising between a couple of devises is a good way of backing up but I have found that syncing with an online tool and also keeping a local copy is a great way to go! I can also work anywhere anytime and have access to all my personal files etc.

I have invested quite a bit of my time making sure that all the solutions I find for things are easy to use and work and don’t require loads of messing about or installation of loads of different hacks etc…

My address book is the last thing I needed to sync and I have found the solution! Soccial… lets you install an outlook client on any desktop you use and it will sync the contacts with the online database… which also means I can sync with my phone without having to connect my phone to a PC…

Try it and let me know how you get on!

Spotify

If you can find someone with an invite then plead with them to let you have it. Spotify invites are hard to come by! I was kindly given an invite by a contact and I absolutley love the service. I was lucky enough to get two invites over the weekend to give away, which have already gone

Spotify is a new way to enjoy music. Simply download and install, before you know it you’ll be singing along to the genre, artist or song of your choice. With Spotify you are never far away from the song you want.

There are no restrictions in terms of what you can listen to or when. Forget about the hassle of waiting for files to download and fill up your hard drive before you get round to organising them. Spotify is instant, fun and simple.

Because music is social, Spotify allows you to share songs and playlists with friends, and even work together on collaborative playlists, Friday afternoon in the office might never be the same again! We’re music lovers like everyone else.

We want to connect millions of people with their favorite songs by creating a product that people love to use. We respect creativity and believe in fairly compensating artists for their work. We’ve cleared the rights to use the music you’ll listen to in Spotify.

Ping.fm

Ping.fm is a simple service that makes updating your social networks a snap!

Status updates are something you either love or hate. However it’s a fact we all use them. Do you change the text next to your name on MSN? Do you update your status update on Facebook… well this is what I am referring to. Some of you may use LinkedIn which has also recently added a status option.

Now for the good bit… are you fed up of signing into all your websites and applications to update your status? Well ping.fm is for you! Its simple, you sign up for an account on http://ping.fm (using the beta code below). You add your facebook account, LinkedIn account and all other services you wish to update at once. Then you send ping.fm a status message and it sends it to all your other services!

What’s even better is that you can then add a client to MSN or GTalk and you then have ping.fm as a contact in your IM client. You can send ping.fm a message using MSN and it will send it to your ping.fm account and then update all your statuses around the web!

There is even an API and a custom URL option for the developer out there!

Use this code “thispingsforyou” if you would like to get in on the beta action!

Digsby

I am all for time saving ideas and things that will enable me to be more productive. When you put productivity and the web together you get loads of great online tools which excite the hell out of me!

This new tool might not come into this category directly but the idea is the same… it is honestly… or am I just getting over excited again? No! This tool brings IM, Email and Social Networks together into one simple, easy to use application. Digsby is the answer! I have been looking for something like this for a while now. I have tried many applications that claim to deal with multi IM clients but this one is a winner… it also checks twitter and facebook and displays a nice little bubble popup on the desktop.

It does save time because I don’t have to login to check facebook and twitter updates are shown to me on the screen so I can keep track of what people are ‘tweeting’ about… to list a couple.

The one thing that is going to be interesting to watch is the integration with facebook IM. I suspect that the user of facebook IM is limited at the moment as you have to be in a browser to use it. However Digsby enables you to use the facebook IM in a application… giving you the ability to manage one contact list (your facebook contacts) and automatically have them in your IM client. One to watch!

Try it out and let me know what you think!

TripIt.com

I cannot remember how I stumbled upon this website but it was just in time to help me organise my trip to Northern Ireland to be best man at a good friends wedding.

It’s such a simple concept. When you book flights, train, hotel or book a table at a restaurant online you will get a confirmation email. All you do if forward this email to ‘plans@tripit.com’ and the website will organise your travel plans and put together an itinerary.

You then have one location to find all your documents and you can even share your plans with fellow travellers or family and friends.

The service is aimed at people in America and you will find there is a lack of participating companies in the UK at the moment however they have recently secured a $5.1million investment from a European company which is sure to help encourage more European companies to participate.

The website is a great tool, one to watch!