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 innovations.
We thought it would be helpful to share a few of these sites each month with our clients and followers. So without further ado, here’s our favorites for the month of October:
1. Speedtest.net is our favorite method for checking internet connection speeds. Just click on the ‘Begin Test’ button from the main page, and Speedtest will determine both the upload and download speeds of your WiFi or ethernet connection. Best of all, it’s completely free and incredibly easy to use. The site ads are minimal and you don’t have to give up your email address or any personal information. Useful and hassle-free, Speedtest is a win-win.
2. Leemail.me was designed to protect your inbox from those websites that might spam you to death or share your email address with third-party advertisers. What it does is generate a unique email address for each site you sign up to use. The actual emails sent to this new address will still arrive to whatever main email you specify. But you can turn off those site-specific dummy addresses if you start receiving spam to a particular one. It’s a great way to weed out those sites that would sell your information, as well as keep your inbox clean. The service is currently in beta testing and still free to register. Lee explains it all above.
3. Pocket, formerly called Read It Later, is another way to collect and share online content that you want to save for later. What we really love about it is the simple, streamlined look, filtering abilities, and how easy it is to sync across everything including desktops, laptops, tablets, phones etc. Being able to filter by content type means that you can sort through just your saved images, videos, or traditional text pages with ease. Pocket is already setup to work with popular apps like Twitter and Facebook, allowing users to save content to their Pocket account with a simple click of an icon. Oh, and it’s free. Check out the too-smiley promo video for the rest.
4. Down Right Now is a site that monitors popular websites and reports whether they’re up and running or down and out. Users can check to see which ones are experiencing service issues simply by visiting the main page, no email address required. They can check details to see if and when these sites had problems, and send reports to Down Right Now via Twitter if there’s a site status that isn’t up-to-date.
Those are our selections for October. 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.