Saturday, January 1, 2011

My 21 Personal Productivity Discoveries in 2010

It's January 1, 2011 and as I read all the reflective posts, it has me thinking of the new technology that I experienced in 2010. Before we all forget what a big year it was and dive right into 2011 innovations, let's take a moment to reflect.

For me, it was all about the Social Web, Mobility, and of course, the iPad (the only device to make the list). What an impact these innovations have had! I'm not an analyst or a app vendor, and have no agenda to promote any particular technology. I simply seek out technology to simplify my connection with others and to make my day more productive .

2010 was a year of experimenting for this "Early Adopter". This day, one year ago, I had no idea I would discover and incorporate the following into my regular routine. I bet many of these tools were (or maybe are) new to you as well. I'm sure there are some I missed and many that I have yet to discover.  So please suggest more through comments or Tweets.

MyWi (iPhone hotspot)
Twitterrific twitter app
WTHashtag.com tweet archiving
Pbworks.com simple wiki
Google analytics stat tracking
Google reader RSS reader
Socialcast community microblogging
Instapaper cloud based bookmarking
Goodreader PDF/PPT reader for iPad
Quora crowsourced Q or A
Posterous blogging
Barcamp unconference approach
Ustream personal broadcasting
Eventbrite event registration
iPad tablet
Angry birds timedraining game
Pulse RSS reader
Pandora personal radio
Foursquare location based service
Gowalla another take on location based services

OK, they are not all productive (Angry Birds, Foursquare and Gowalla) but those that aren't, do break new ground and are enjoyable (for a season, at least). 

The really neat thing is you told me about all of these innovations. I learn about them by keeping up with the conversation on the Social Web. I'm sure I will think of others that I forgot. But just looking at this list of innovations I didn't even know about 12 months ago is a bit overwhelming.

I wonder if this pace of innovation will continue into 2011. I can only imagine what next year's list will look like on New Years Day, 2012. It's going to be a great ride.  Let's take it together.

3 comments:

  1. Jim:
    So you Jailbroke you phone for MyWi? No repercussions? Easy to do for a novice like me?
    Ed

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  2. Although I don't own an iPad, I would agree that this type of device will have more and more impact on personal productivity.
    I think touch input gives better connection between user and an app which potentially makes the app more engaging and useful.

    Thanks for sharing your list I'll recommend some of these to my friends who have iPads.

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