It’s been awhile since we last tapped into our bookmark file to post a smorgasbord of useful web tools and links. Here are a few that we’ve found noteworthy.
Weather & travel Fight Aware’s Misery Map – will your flight be disrupted by bad weather? Just click the arrow in the lower left to get a quick dynamic snapshot of how weather is affecting delays and cancellations. And here are 20 reliable Twitter sources to follow for winter storm news
Social media searchesTopsy – a search engine that lets you search the social web, including Twitter. Also see: hshtags for searching hashtags from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo, Flickr and Tumblr.
Free meeting toolsFree Conference Call is a service we’ve touted before. It allows you to easily make and record free conference calls. They have launched a variety of other useful services, too: audio conferencing with file sharing, voice messaging and some free international conferencing.
Free media filesWikimedia Commons is a database of millions of freely usable media files, including images, videos and sound clips – very useful if you have an internet page or blog that you want images for. See this page for terms of use
Learning EnglishLearn Real English – if you have a population of people for whom English is a second language, PhraseMix might help. It offers over 500 free English lessons using contextual phrases and colloquial language.
Good worksAmazonSmile – if you make purchases through Amazon, you can donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to charity – for no additional cost to you. Simply conduct your shopping through AmazonSmile link – select a charity, and then shop. Click for more details.
AnnoyancesJust Delete Me – Closing online accounts can be frustrating at best. This site lists hundreds of popular sites and provides direct links to where you can delete your account. It color codes by easy, hard and impossible.
Mailing large filesDropSend = need to email a file that has a large attachment? Send large files up to 4GB. Youc an send up to 5 files free each month. There’s no software to install or setup. Upload the file and mail it, the recipient gets a link, and you can see when it has been picked up.
ReferenceNational Cancer Institute – Dictionary of Cancer Terms
Get It Done Online! – A handy citizen’s guide to government services available online.
How-to – How to link to or embed a Youtube video to start at a particular time.
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