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!
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:
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.