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Alfred J. Fortin

1) Blog
2) Twitter
3) Google Reader

These are the three I have open everyday. Could sub out google reader, but rss rocks.


Hi Alfred - yes, I thought about Google Reader afterwards. That'd be a tough one to lose

AJ Cann

1. Blog (WordPress first, Blogger some distance behind)
2. Bloglines
3. del.icio.us

Sarah Stewart

Hi there, I had a laugh at your comment about Slideshare, and like you, I too am hooked on doing really bad slidecasts and believe me... they are truly awful. However, I justify myself by thinking that at least, I'm giving it a go!

I am really into my blog which I am using as a way to get in touch with people and also as a personal record for myself.

I really love YouTube as a source of personal entertainment, information and teaching resources.

FlickR would be my third choice because it allows me to share my personal photos with friends and family. But it is also an invaluable resource of images for my teaching. cheers Sarah

David McQuillan


It's a tough choice out of my blog, del.icio.us, bloglines (RSS reader), WikiEducator, Facebook & Travian.

I could lose Travian. There are plenty of games out there, although it is a goodie.

del.icio.us is probably next to be struck off my list.

It's hard to choose between the remaining 4. My RSS reader is probably top of the pile, so it's a choice between
1) putting my thoughts & reflections out there, and receiving feedback from my peers
2) A collaborative environment for building course material
3) Keeping up communication with my peers

And after thinking about it for a while, I can't make the choice. I need all of them (although I could transfer to another platform if required)


Okay, I confess, I messed up leaving out an RSS reader. I'd probably have to drop either Twitter or FB for Google Reader.
Sarah - yes, losing Flickr would impoverish my presentations a lot (remember we used to only have clip art?)
AJ - I feel as though delicious _should_ be in there for me, but I've just never taken to social bookmarking in a big way. I feel as though this is an indicment on me.
David - I like to see those struggles going on, that's what it's about!


Don't know whether Skype qualifies as 2.0 but for those like me who have roots at opposite parts of the globe, VOIP applications have literally changed our existence. Really. Can't even bear to imagine losing it.
Martin says "recording bad slidecasts is my new favourite hobby". Beats callecting gravel I guess ;-)))

Steven Verjans

Strange that the 3 tools you would miss most are communication or social tools.
For me it would be:
1) Netvibes (which is my daily starting point and information hub, where I also read Twitter and Facebook updates - see below)
2) Del.icio.us, which I (and a bunch of close friends and colleagues) use extensively to share bookmarks, in a way that you seem to be using Twitter.
3) Facebook / Twitter, thereby ignoring the fine distinction you so delicately described in your previous posts.
My blog has been inactive for too long to have reached the point of it being a social instrument (hardly anyone reads/comments because of a lack of updates, I suppose). So I guess I could live without the blog again...

Sue Waters

You can take Facebook (and my mobile phone) and toss them out not worries at all. Unfortunately Twitter may be going the same way because I made the mistake of adding people (hard for me to say no) now I have so many followers that it is becoming unmanageable and losing its effectiveness.

So if I had to choose the 3 I did not want to lose it would be 1) blog 2) Google Reader and 3) co-mment - they get me through the day.


Jeff - yes Skype counts (see next post) - like Flashmeeting it's a very useful tool for me. Wouldn't like to be without it, but if I have to choose...
Steven - Netvibes is an interesting one. A year ago it would have been in there, but I was really just using it as an RSS aggregator, so when I switched to Google Reader it fell away. Maybe I should revisit.
Sue - oooh, co.mment I haven't seen, so have just signed up. I'm not that popular on Twitter, so haven't encountered the Tweet overload problem yet, but I do feel an obligation to follow someone if they follow me.


Blog (for all reasons mentioned above)
Google desktop (because in incorporates so many different ways to keep up with information and people on the web)
Windows mobile or MSN messenger - because it gives me instant synchronous access to others regardless of their location and provides a fast "on/off" communication mode that gives me the information that I need when I need it. Of and of course lots of displacement chatter :)

Martin Le Voi

OK my three are:

Bloglines (recursively)

Second Life (as MW says, its my post so I can include it if I want...) lots of content generated by users after all... (can I nominate pose balls as the invention of the century?!!!)

Wikipedia (I use it almost daily, and have almost plucked up courage to edit it and add entries...)

We will be teaching OU students how to use Wikipedia in a forthcoming course: it'll be fun to see what they make of our approach...

In the end I could live without Facebook, although its seems to be the only way of communicating with son over in Japan.

Martin LV

Sarah Stewart

Interesting what you say about Facebook, Martin. I'd like to stop using Facebook, but have found its the only way I can communicate with my daughter. Sarah


I think there are more apps you could find on netwebapp, a web 2.0 applications and sites directory.

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