Part 1 of the best cool web tools for 2009 presented tools for sharing presentations online, consolidating social networking accounts, generating word-of-mouth referrals and using social media for research. This post includes tools for social search, social media monitoring, Twitter management, competitive research, real-time chat, job hunting, video sharing, time management and more.
Social Media Tools
An extremely cool tool. What Website Grader does for website SEO analysis, HowSociable? does for a brand’s presence in social media: it evaluates a variety of sites to produce a combined “social media presence” score. Even better, it allows you to drill into the social media mentions of a brand behind the metrics.
A real-time social media monitoring platform for PR, marketing, and brand pros. Get real-time alerts, trending and analysis for news, blogs, twitter and more.
Protecting your brand online is critical. This tool lets you instantly search more than 350 social media sites for your brand as a user name, so you can reserve it and keep it out of the hands of competitors, name squatters or potential detractors.
An inexpensive utility that helps efficiently create Twitter lists, find relevant people to follow, identify inactive Twitter followers and more.
Mashable reviews CloudProfile, a social profile / SEO / social media monitoring tool for small businesses. Sounds interesting, but is it worth $50 per month?
The Internet more positive about PPC than SEO by Searchcowboys
A review of whatdoestheinternetthink, a social sentiment tool. Enter any term and this tool will show you percentages of positive, negative and “don’t care” social media sentiment regarding the topic or brand.
A review of Chi.mp, a free service that enables you to register a personal/unique domain name, domain name, then blog, create photo albums, and aggregate all of your social accounts in one place.
Real-Time Chat Tools
A widget that lets you install real-time chat capabilities on any web page.
Olark Is A Dead Simple Chat Widget For Site Owners by TechCrunch
TechCrunch review of Olark, a live chat widget alternative to Meebo.
Enhanced Search Tools
5 Ways to Add a Search Sidebar to Google SERPs by Search Engine Journal
Search Engine LeapFish Merges Real-Time Data And Social Content by MediaPost Online Media Daily
Review of LeapFish, a meta-search engine that combines traditional and real-time results from social media and news sites.
A real-time search tool for discovering current opinion and news coverage of hot topics.
Another real-time search tool.
Google Squared – A Simple Tutorial by SEM Nook
A quick tutorial on how to use Google Squared to get customized, focused search results.
A downloadable tool that helps instantly find sites similar to the one you are currently browsing.
A powerful people search tool for finding online information about individuals.
A human-powered recommendation engine that provides guidance on a wide range of topics and questions, from which computer you should buy to which vegetables are the most nutritious.
Other Cool Web Tools
A tool that allows you to capture and upload video, images, text, files, even an area of your desktop to the web.
An online video distribution and analytics service to promote video content, somewhat along the lines of TubeMogul.
9 new marketing tools you need by iMedia Connection
Doug Schumacher reviews nine cool apps and plugins for marketers, including Skitch (for web page markup), OmniGraffle (diagramming), ColorZilla (online color management for design) and Hootsuite (Twitter management dashboard).
Tips on how to use Compete.com to find your competitors’ top keywords, site traffic patterns, unique visitors and other information.
A tool that lets you create funky animated movies from a text file.
A URL shortener that enables you to combine multiple URLs into one shortened link for collaboration or sharing.
Job hunting? Indeed instantly searches job sites, newspapers, associations and company career pages for jobs based on title/keywords and location.
100+ Resources for Getting Things Done by Readaloo
A fabulous list of time management apps for calendars, task lists, collaboration, organization, taking notes, bookmarking, mind-mapping and more.