Favorite Websites: November 2012 Edition

The internet is a great resource for free, useful tools to help with everything from email marketing to managing your finances. Ripplers are discovering and testing new sites and software on a near-constant basis in an effort to be in sync with the latest and greatest innovation. We decided to share a few of these sites each month with our clients and followers. Here’s our favorites for the month of November:

Mint.com
1. Mint allows you to track bank, credit card, investment, and other transactions and balances; putting them all in one place. You can make budgets and goals —like reigning in your impulse buys or saving a specific amount over time— and get free advice on how to handle your finances. It automatically organizes spending into categories like rent, groceries, etc. and shows you where your money goes. Best thing is, Mint only “reads” your information. That means nobody can mess with your money through the site, including you. And there’s no danger of somebody hacking your Mint account, getting information and making off with your life savings (or that hundred bucks mom put in your account). Oh, and the basic service is free. That’s pretty good, too.


 

Wayback Machine
 

2. Wayback Machine is part of the Internet Archive, a non-profit project involved in building a digital library of sites and other online artifacts. They provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and regular folks, too. If you can’t remember what Doodle was on the Google homepage when NASA scientists discovered water on the moon, you can find it using the Wayback calendar. Same goes for less popular sites. The Internet Archive is a great resource, and just about the only one that can show you how a particular site has evolved over time.


 

 

3. Freecycle@Work is a free online application for anyone to use when establishing Freecycle programs at their company. You can post items you no longer need and find items you want, all while promoting reuse in your community. The Freecycle Network boasts over 7 million users worldwide, and includes all kinds of people from diehard freegans to those who’d just prefer their old couch end up someplace other than the city dump. It’s not gonna save the world, but the experience of picking up stuff from a Freecycler is usually more interesting than walking around Ikea for an hour. And chances are, the item’s already been put together. Bonus.


 

bitly url shortener
4. Bitly is a way to save, share and discover links on the web. It shortens long website addresses into what the bitly folks have dubbed “bitmarks” —groan. Still, it is a pretty great (and free) resource that’s easy to use and can be accessed from anywhere. You can use Bitly by going to the website or installing a handy browser extension. It’s even integrated into a bunch of apps like Tweetdeck and Instagram. There’s even an enterprise analytics platform that can help companies understand and grow their social media presence. It’s not a full-scale CRM program, but it can be a good resource for startups.


 

Those are our selections for November. We hope you find some of them to be useful, or at least worth investigating. We’ll have another round of picks next month. If you have some favorite websites that you think we should mention, please comment below with the url. Thanks

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