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  • Thanks for coming today. I want to start off with a few comments about the session. Almost all the sessions here at FFT in some way could be thought of as web sites for workplace productivity…learning about Skype or LinkedIn, or Lulu. Those are all web sites that help you do things that in some way help boost your productivity. The way I conceived of this session was very similar to the commercial on TV now for Apple that poses a question and answers, “there’s an app for that.” I thought about the kinds of things we need to do in our jobs and then looked for sites that help us achieve those tasks. So most of the slides begin with “Need to…” I tried to keep it simple and purposely didn’t include sites that required login, account creation, or the installation of software or browser extensions. Some of the sites I show you will allow you to do MORE at their sites by registering and logging in. That’s up to you to decide if you want more from the site later on. And a word of caution, just once at the beginning of the session about any of the sites you are about to see. When using any of these sites, be careful about what information you are putting out on them and sharing. Be sure it isn’t anything confidential and/or RIT critical. Some of you may be familiar with some of these sites already. I tried to choose sites in categories that the majority of potential attendees would get the most use of. Since this is the first time this session is being offered, let me know in your evaluation comments if you think it would be worth repeating as a walk-in workshop during the academic year.

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  • Web Sites for Workplace Productivity Linette Koren Librarian/Liaison KGCOE/CIMS RIT Libraries
  • Need to shorten long URLs?
      • TinyURL -- create shorter URLs that won’t break!
      • Bit.ly -- shorten, share, and track links
      • http://mashable.com/2008/01/08/url-shortening-services/ A list of over 100 different URL shorteners!
  • Need to bring certain points to a reader’s attention?
    • Awesome Highlighter -- highlights text on web pages and gives you a short URL to the highlighted page for you to share via email, social networking avenues. Registration allows you to save your highlights. Use it frequently? A Firefox add-on allows for quick access!
    • http://awurl.com/iIiH0wFWC
  • Need to send a fax?
    • FaxZero – send a fax for free (with some limits!) anywhere in the US or Canada
    • Useful for communicating with those who have a fax machine but no Internet access
    • Useful if you don’t have a fax machine (maybe you are working from home that day) or if the machine is far from your desk
    • Wordle – generates word clouds from text
    Need to add some graphics to your document?
  • Need to present an award?
    • MyAwardMaker – featured templates allow for creation of lots of types of awards.
    • Choose a template, it downloads an Adobe file which you edit and print.
  • Need a calendar for your student workers’ schedules or departmental events?
    • CalendarsThatWork.com – a paid site that does have some nice freely available calendars
    • Requires payment beyond a certain number of days, weeks, months out that you wish to print.
    • Use as a template if you aren’t good at creating similar calendars on your own
  • Need to know when your favorite web site is back up?
    • NotifyMee – tells you when a web site that had been down is back up again
    • Also very useful to enter a URL to see if the site is down for only you
  • Need to send an email later ?
    • LetterMeLater – has a “quick send” feature which allows you to send an email later without joining.
  • Need to be reminded by phone?
    • Wakerupper – can wake you up or remind you to do something at a specific time
  • Need to devote a certain amount of time to a task?
    • E.ggtimer – is a countdown clock that will enable you to spend a certain amount of time on a task
    • There is an audio component that alerts you when time is up
  • Need to send large files outside of RIT
    • TransferBigFiles.com – allows you to send large files outside of your own email system
  • Need to meet a vendor or a potential donor?
    • Meetways – helps you find the half way point to meet and suggests locations along the way!
    • Just type in two addresses and where you’d like to meet – restaurant, coffee, pizza, beer
  • Need to track a purchase you ordered?
    • Packagemapping.com – allows you to track packages from all the major carriers
    • See the route that the package is taking
    • Sign in for additional features
  • Need to revert back to an older version of software?
    • Oldversion.com – where their motto is “newer isn’t always better”
    • Easily revert back to an older version of software you were using before an automated update/upgrade happened
    • Types of software include browsers, IM clients, utilities (Acrobat), graphics programs (Picasa)
  • Need to share a presentation?
    • SlideShare – allows you to upload a presentation without creating an account
    • The guest account will have limited features until you create an account
  • Need to get reminders to do things or leave yourself sticky notes?
    • To do list types of applications mostly require a login or a Firefox add-on.
    • Some to consider are:
      • Stickies
      • MyStickies
      • Ta-da lists
  • Need to look at some totally unproductive sites?
    • Virtual bubble wrap – take your frustrations out on some bubble wrap!
    • Umbrella Today? – find out if you need to be prepared for rain on the way to or from work
  • How to do this on your own?
    • Similarsites – helps you find similar sites to the ones you already know and use
    • Lifehacker.com – tips & downloads for getting things done
    • Google search – productivity and combination of great, useful, top, etc.