The internet is a wonderful place. In this modern digital era, we have an abundance of tools, apps, and sites to make our lives easier, better documented, and even a bit comical at times. As we continue to shift from a society that seeks out ways to improve efficiency, it seems that more tools are finding ways to insert themselves into our lives thanks to Facebook’s evolving marketing platform (side note: this is a hilarious use of the Facebook platform [http://www.adweek.com/news/technology/roommate-makes-his-friend-paranoid-creepy-facebook-ads-160320].
In this piece, I’ve decided to give a shout out to some favorites…so here they are:
Slack – a great way to replace the tedious process of maintaining group communication through email. I use Slack as a way to interact with a global group of like-minded individuals that I’ve never met. Two features I really love: ability to insert gifs into threads and the “Do Not Disturb” feature to keep those pesky red notifications at bay while sleeping.
Snapchat – not everyone in this world should have a YouTube channel. Snapchat allows us to share our world with our circle of friends without having to be a talented editor or cameraperson.
Canva – suck at Photoshop? I know I do. Canva is a great way to get your Photoshop needs handled through a free online portal. This very intuitive interface allows you to create amazing creative work in a snap as long as you can drag, drop, and resize.
Fiverr – If you’ve reached your limit on any piece of a project that you’re trying to build out, I highly recommend you check out Fiverr.com. This marketplace of people willing to trade their skills for as low as $5 a pop has become a very important arrow in my quiver. Heck, I was even able to hire someone to put a beard on the future Queen of England [https://instagram.com/p/09VchCzQny/]
Shopify – Launch a functioning eCommerce site in under an hour where you can sell products globally. As one of the fast growing platforms on the market, Shopify‘s possibilities are practically endless in the right hands. I’ve seen companies grow from $0 to $1,000,000 a month in a very short time. Plus, they give you a free 14-day trial.
One of the great things about each of these tools is that they have ways that they are “intended” to be used and then one-off ways you can actually use them. Maybe in my next piece, I’ll highlight some of my favorite ways that people have leveraged technology with hilarious results. Until next time, Spanjers OUT!