Top 100 Social Media Tools

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Not sure if this is something to be proud of, or ashamed about, but I’m using (or have used) about 70% of the applications in the list. The encouraging thing is to note how many of these applications are free to use.The list has been compiled from a cohort of learning professionals who shared their Top 10 Tools for Learning

both for their own personal learning/productivity and for

creating

learning solutions for others.If you want to influence the list and rankings, then head off to the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies.

TOP 10

Key to availability: D=download; H=hosted; C=insert code onto page

Ranking

Tool

Votes

Description

Cost

Avail

2008

2007

1

2

del.icio.us

58

del.icio.usSocial bookmarking tool

Free

H

2

1

Firefox

50.5

FirefoxWeb browser

Free

D

3

3=

Skype

43.5

SkypeInstant messaging, VoIP tool

Free

D

4

7=

Google Reader

42

Google ReaderRSS/Feed reader

Free

H

5

3=

Google Search

38.5

Google SearchWeb search tool

Free

H

6

6

WordPress

35

WordPressBlogging tool

Free

H/D

7

5

PowerPoint

32.5

PowerPointPresentation software

£

D

8

14

Google Docs

29

Google DocsWeb-based documents

Free

H

9

11

Audacity

28

AudacitySound editor and recorder

Free

D

10

7=

Gmail

27

GMailWeb-based email

Free

H

TOP 11-20

Ranking

Tool

Votes

Description

Cost

Avail

2008

2007

11

26=

Wikipedia

26.5

WikipediaOnline encylopedia

Free

H

12

9

Blogger

26

BloggerBlogging tool

Free

H

13

12=

Moodle

26

MoodleCourse management system

Free

D/H

14=

17=

iGoogle

20

iGooglePersonalised start page

Free

H

31=

Slideshare

20

SlideshareHosting/sharing presentations

Free

H

16=

22=

YouTube

19

YouTubeVideo hosting/sharing site.

Free

H

16

flickr

19

flickrPhoto storage/sharing site

Free

H

43=

twitter

19

twitterMicroblogging and social network

Free

H

19

31=

Ning

18

NingSocial networking tool

Free

H

20

15

Wikispaces

17

WikispacesWiki tool

Free/£

H

22-91

Ranking

Tool

Votes

Description

Cost

Avail

2008

2007

21=

22=

Articulate

15

ArticulatePresenter/Engage/Quizmaker

£

D

101=

VoiceThread

15

VoiceThreadCollaborative slideshows

Free/£

H

23=

12=

Bloglines

13

BloglinesRSS/Feed reader

Free

H

26=

SnagIt

13

SnagitScreen capture tool

Free/£

D

10

Word

13

WordWord processing software

£

D

26

17=

Captivate

12

CaptivateDemo and scenario-based tool

£

D

27=

17=

Facebook

11

FacebookSocial networking site

Free

H

26=

iTunes

11

iTunesMusic and podcast player

Free

D

29

17=

Outlook

10

OutlookEmail software

£

D

30

43=

Flash

9

FlashAnimation authoring tool

£

D

36=

Google Calendar

9

Google CalendarWeb-based calendar

Free

H

Jing

9

JingRecord/share screen captures/casts

Free

D/H

101=

Pageflakes

9

PageflakesStart page

Free

H

57=

Zoho

9

Zoho SuiteOnline office suite

Free

H

35=

50=

Camtasia Studio

8

Camtasia StudioScreencasting tool

£

D

31=

LinkedIn

8

LinkedInSocial network

Free/£

H

17=

MindManager

8

MindManagerMind mapping tool

£

D

38=

31=

OpenOffice

7

OpenOfficeOffice software suite

Free

D

43=

PB Wiki

7

PB WikiWiki tool

Free/£

H

57=

TypePad

7

TypePadBlogging tool

£

H

41=

26=

Dreamweaver

6

DreamweaverWeb authoring tool

£

D

36=

Google Maps

6

Google MapsMaps of the US. UK, etc

Free

H

101=

SecondLife

6

Second LifeVirtual world application

Free

H

44

22=

Excel

5.5

ExcelSpreadsheet software

£

D

45=

72=

Adobe Connect

5

Adobe Connect Web meeting/conferencing

£

H

Blogs/Blogging

5

Blogs and blogging toolsOf all types

Free/£

H/D

72=

diigo

5

diigoSocial bookmarking

Free

H

72=

Edublogs

5

edublogsBlogging tool for educators

Free

H

72=

eXe

5

eXeSCORM content authoring

Free

D

50=

FreeMind

5

FreemindMind mapping tool

Free

D

Garageband

4

GaragebandPersonal recording studio

Free

D

57=

Google Alerts

5

Google AlertsKeep track of new information

Free

H

101=

Google Apps

5

Google AppsCommunication/collaboration

£

H

31=

Internet Explorer

5

Internet ExplorerWeb browser

Free

D

43=

iPod

5

iPodMP3 player

£

72=

Keynote

5

KeynotePresentation software

£

D

26=

Netvibes

5

NetvibesPersonal start page

Free

H

Nvu

5

NvuWeb authoring tool

Free

D

Wetpaint

5

WetpaintWiki tool

Free

H

58

72=

Adobe Reader

4.5

Adobe ReaderPDF Reader

Free

D

59=

50=

Adobe Photoshop

4

PhotoshopPhoto/Image editing tools

£

D

Basecamp

4

BasecampCollaborative, project management tool

Free/£

H

50=

Elluminate

4

ElluminateWeb meeting/conferencing

Free/£

H

40=

Google Earth

4

Google EarthGeographic information

Free

D

36=

Google Scholar

4

Google ScholarSearch for scholarly literature

Free

H

Linux/LAMP

4

LAMPLinux, Apache, MySQL, PHP

Free

D

72=

Notepad

4

NotepadHTML and text editor

Free

D

OneNote

4

OneNotePersonal Information Manager

£

D

Opera

4

Opera/Opera miniWeb browser

Free

D

Paint.NET

4

Paint.NETImage and photo editing

Free

D

Stumbleupon

4

StumbleuponSocial bookmarking tool

Free

H

Ustream

4

UstreamLive, interactive broadcasting

Free

H

Wink

4

WinkSoftware demonstration tool

Free

D

72=

Yugma

4

YugmaWeb meeting/conferencing

Free/£

D

73=

22=

Thunderbird

3.5

ThunderbirdEmail client

Free

D

74=

101=

Blackboard

3

BlackboardCourse management system

£

D

101=

Bubbl.us

3

Bubbl.usMind mapping tool

Free

D

ClassTools

3

ClassToolsCreate Flash-based learning

Free

D

72=

Drupal

3

Drupal/DrupalEdContent management system

Free

D

Filezilla

3

FilezillaFTP client

Free

D

72=

Furl

3

FurlSocial bookmarking tool

Free

H

Google Analytics

3

Google AnalyticsWebsite analysis tool

Free

C

101=

Google Sites/ Jotspot

3

Google Sites/JotspotWiki tool

Free

H

iMovie

3

iMovieVideo editing software

£

D

Lectora

3

LectoraCourse authoring tools

£

D

36=

MediaWiki

3

MediaWikiWiki tool

Free

D

Polldaddy

3

PolldaddyPolling and survey tool

Free

H/C

RSS

3

RSSReally Simple Syndication

Free

Skitch

3

SkitchScreen capture tool

Free

D

SMART interactive whiteboard

3

SMART BoardInteractive whiteboard tools

Free

D

Survey Monkey

3

Survey MonkeySurvey and questionnaire tool Free

H

57=

Yahoo Mail

3

Yahoo MailWeb-based email

Free

H

91

57=

TeacherTube

2.5

TeacherTubeInstructional video sharing site

Free

H

92-133

Ranking

Tool

Votes

Description

Cost

Avail

2008

2007

92=

72=

Adobe Presenter

2

Adobe PresenterNarrated presentations

£

D

72=

Cmap

2

CmapConcept mapping tool

Free/£

D

Comic Life

2

Comic LifeCreate comics from photos

£

D

101=

CourseLab

2

CourseLabCourse authoring tool

Free

D

101=

CutePDF Writer

2

Cute PDF WriterPDF Conversion tool

Free

D

digg

2

DiggSocial bookmarking and rating

Free

H

101=

eSnips

2

eSnipsUpload and share files

Free

H

101=

FeedBlitz

2

FeedBlitzFeed to email service

Free

H

101=

Gabcast

2

GabcastPhone in your podcast

Free

H

Gcast

2

GcastPodcasting service

Free

H

Geogebra

2

GeogebraMathematics software

Free

D

43=

GIMP

2

GIMPImage/photo editing tool

Free

D

72=

Gliffy

2

GliffyDiagramming tool

Free

H

40=

Google Desktop

2

Google DesktopComputer search/organiser

Free

D

50=

Google Notebook

2

Google NotebookPersonal online notebook

Free

H

iPhoto

2

iPhotoPhoto management tool

£

D

Joomla

2

Joomla!Content management system

Free

D

101=

Meebo

2

MeeboInstant messaging tool

Free

H

101=

MindMeister

2

MindMeisterMind mapping tool

Free/£

D

101=

Mozy

2

MozyOnline backup tool

£

H

OmniFocus

2

OmniFocusTask management tool

£

D

72=

OmniGraffle

2

OmniGraffleDiagramming tool

£

D

OmniOutliner

2

OmniOutlinerKeep track of projects

£

D

ooVoo

2

ooVooVideo chat and conferencing

Free

D/H

72=

Paint Shop Pro

2

Paint Shop ProImage editing tool

£

D

57=

Picasa

2

PicasaPicture editing tool

Free

D

Portable apps

2

Portable appsSuite of apps for a USB stick

Free

D

72=

Quicksilver

2

QuicksilverInterface to work with PC apps on Mac

£

D

Remember the Milk

2

Remember the MilkManage your tasks

Free

H

72=

Safari

2

SafariWeb browser

Free

D

Scratch

2

ScratchCreate interactive stories/animations

Free

D/H

50=

Scribd

2

ScribdDocument hosting and sharing site

Free

H

Sony Vegas Video

2

Sony Vegas VideoVideo production tool

£

D

72=

Tiddlywiki

2

TiddlyWikiPersonal wiki tool

Free

D

Trillian

2

TrillianIM Aggregator

Free

H

tumblr

2

tumblrMicro-blogging platform

Free

H

Ubuntu

2

UbuntuLinux-based operating system

Free

D

Wikis

2

WikisOf all types

Free

D/H

Windows LiveWriter

2

Windows LiveWriterDesktop blogging tool

Free

D

50=

Yahoo Groups

2

Yahoo GroupsCommunity tool

Free

H

Zamzar

2

ZamzarOnline file conversion tool

Free

D

72=

Zotero

2

ZoteroFirefox add-on to support research

Free

D

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