Isn’t the internet clever? Perhaps not, but clever people out there have used the internet to create clever little tools to make our lives so much easier. As a friendly, giving person I have shared three of my current favourites below.
It is all well and good being a night owl, but sometimes you do not want to share this fact with the world! As I attribute many of my best ideas to appearing during the night it is when I am keenest to send out emails, however filling people’s inboxes at 3am is not always appropriate, so what is better than scheduling your emails.
It surprises me that this is not a common feature of Gmail, in my opinion it should be! This can be changed with Right Inbox, quick installation and it gives you the option to schedule what time your message should be sent. There is an alternative tool, Boomerang, but I personally prefer this one as it integrates itself so well with Gmail.
You may also notice the Track button, I have not used this tool, but it lets you know when people open your mail, if they click links in your mail, then only slightly creepily, their location. This video explains all.
Think Pinterest but for websites. Bookmarking every interesting page, article or post can mess your browser up, so if you are like me and have everything sorted into folders, then you may like this tool. All you do is install the little tool into your browser (I use Chrome and do not know how well it works with other browsers), then every time a page catches your interest for later, ping, and it is saved forever on your pearl tree.
If you are the sort of person who likes to read everything, but then gets a bit overwhelmed with keeping up with everything, then Bloglovin is for you.
Basically it is a blog reader, let it know what blogs you want to follow and ta’da! all the latest posts from your followed blogs are there for you to read. It is not the only tool which does this, and perhaps it is not the greatest, but, excusing the omission of a certain G, it is the one which suits me best. It looks clean, it is very user-friendly and has a great mobile site. I wrote my original post about the site over a year ago and since then I have used the site on a daily basis and now never miss a post from my favourite blogs without the hassle of checking them regularly or subscribing by email.
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- In Depth: 20 best Chrome extensions (techradar.com)