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12 ways to use Twitter to increase your productivity – Simplehelp

Timer is helpful for those little reminders you need when you might get lost in the Twitterstream – like “finish that article!” or “get back to work NOW!” Have also been using the RTM and Twittercal bots, which are also nice. GroupTweet looks interesting, too.

12 ways to use Twitter to increase your productivity – Simplehelp

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Feedalizr FriendFeed App Is Back In The Game | SheGeeks

Corvida has pointed out the return of Feedalizr. Looks interesting, so I’ll be over there testing it out.

Feedalizr FriendFeed App Is Back In The Game | SheGeeks

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Open-Source File Format Is to Be a Part of Microsoft Office – New York Times

Open-Source File Format Is to Be a Part of Microsoft Office – New York Times

The company, under pressure from European regulators, national standards organizations and its own government clients, said it planned to give customers the ability to open, edit and save documents in Open Document Format — the main competitor to the Microsoft Word format — through a free update.


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Your Guide to the Crowdsourced Workforce – ReadWriteWeb

The official definition of crowdsourcing from Jeff Howe, is “the act of a company or institution taking a function once performed by employees and outsourcing it to an undefined (and generally large) network of people in the form of an open call.”

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Google Spreadsheets Now Allows Public Editing

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Google actually made an interesting move yesterday in terms of how people can collaborate on the spreadsheets they create. If you take a look at the Share tab in one of your Google Spreadsheets you’ll notice a new option towards the bottom that’s new. With it you can share a spreadsheet that can be edited by anyone and everyone which, as Google OS points out, essentially makes this a wiki.

A feature like this is nice because users don’t need an account to collaborate on a spreadsheet. Unfortunately that also means that the URL for the document can easily be shared, and you could quickly start finding unwanted information popping up. I guess it’s fortunate that Google provides a rather extensive revision history so that in a single click you can go back to before the unwanted changes were made.

What I would really like to see from Google is a way to password protect a document without needing a username. That way you could distribute a password to, for example coworkers, without having to worry about the public stumbling across the document. And then you could also change the password at your own leisure. Now that would be perfect for some of the things that I’m working on.

Recent events make it seem as though Google has been showing some love to the Spreadsheets, because in the last few months they added offline support, introduced gadgets, and developed a sweet form system. I can’t wait to see what else they have in store for us!

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Zoho and Google Play Nice

Zoho to integrate with Google sign-on | Outside the Lines – CNET

Zoho users with a Google username and password will be able to log directly into Zoho applications, according to Sridhar Vembu, founder and CEO of AdventNet, parent company of Zoho.

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OpenOffice 3 Is On The Road To Launch | web2gismo

OpenOffice 3.0 is going to offer.
* Microsoft Office 2007 Import Filters
* Chart Enhancements
* Improved Crop Feature in Draw and Impress
* Spreadsheet Collaboration Through Workbook Sharing
* 1024 Columns Per Calc Sheet
* Display of Multiple Writer Pages While Editing
* Improved Notes Feature in Writer
* Microsoft Office 2007 Import Filters

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