I know you guys use Digsby and I thought you might like this one. It’s called Xobni (‘inbox’ spelled backwards) and it’s a little widget (5 mins to set up) for Outlook. It runs down the right side of Outlook and you can minimize if you want. It pulls in all the public data from one of your email contacts online personas (facebook, linkedin, etc.), searches all the emails you’ve sent and received to/from that person, catalogs all the attaches you’ve exchanged, etc. It pretty much rocks.
I took the time to attach the add on to my Outlook and I am not a fan for two reasons.
- Digsby lets me organize my 3 IM accounts.
- Digsbylets me to plug into Twitter.
The one item I did like was the very clear and organized contact manager functionality. You are able to see your recent email history and files exchanged between you and the contact. But the lack of IM and Twitter functionality is not enough for me to abandon Digsby.
I also had a consulting client ask me about the use of Skribit.com.
Skribit cures writer’s block by enabling bloggers and writers to receive post suggestions from their readers and the Skribit community. Any time you can engage your peers I highly encourage it. But one word of caution. If you open the suggestion can of worms, you better follow through on those suggestions. When you engage your peers, customers or business partners-you better be diligent about adopting at least 30% of the suggestions, or your constituents will not offer them if they don’t see the fruits of their labor.
Great tool! Especially for folks who are new to blogging. It is also a wonderful function for companies that are engaging Social Media and looking to innovate to the voice of the customer. It will help drive the innovation conversations in the direction that matters most.
Please comment on your expierience using these tools. Happy spring!