There should not be a need for justdelete.me

I get many e-mails from applications I’d signed up for and forgot about. If I don’t use a service regularly, I like to delete my account. Sometimes it’s easier said than done. Forth comes justdelete.me.

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Justdelete.me is a directory of direct links to delete your account from web services.

Built by Robb Lewis and Ed Poole, it’s a handy directory of links to pages where you can delete your account from web services. Moreover, the tool provides colour codes to indicate the difficulty level of account deletion.

Justdelete.me shouldn’t exist. Deleting an account from web services shouldn’t be that big of an issue. Unfortunately, it is. And the popularity of the tool is undeniable.

This post is part of the #blogg100 challenge—100 blog posts à 100 words in 100 days.

Chrome extensions: WhatFont

WhatFont is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to view the name of a font that text is displayed in on a page. It is very simple and does what it says it does.

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Clicking on the font opens up a dialog box containing the service that brings the font to the page (Google Fonts or Typekit) as well as some other details of how the font is being used on a page, e.g. size and colour.

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Get the extension WhatFont here.

Iceber.gs: the best thing to happen to creative research

Last week, I got a chance to start using Iceber.gs, a rather new web app that helps you save all the cool things you stumble upon on the web. The first impression was positive, so I decided I would share my initial thoughts on the app.

Iceber.gs – Bookmarklet is a video from Albert Pereta on Vimeo.

As Jesse Gardner puts it, ”[Iceber.gs] is like Pinterest and Evernote got together and had a good-looking baby.” It is somewhat true. Probably the most important and obvious thing you notice when you start clicking and dragging things around in the interface is that the idea of saving things you find on the web isn’t new. The most notable example I can think of is Gimmebar, which, just like Iceber.gs lets you save text, images, videos and entire pages.

The main difference between between the two apps is probably the ease of use, although both are very fast and pleasant to play with. It seems that Iceber.gs developers have put more time into making the app both simple and powerful.

So, what makes this web app stand out from the crowd of similar services is the execution. If you could touch Iceber.gs, it would be smooth and cool. Unlike its name, it would have a graceful posture and be feather-light.

Iceber.gs is not a mobile app, it is best used on a desktop or laptop device. The front page looks good on an iPad and Kindle in landscape mode, but I haven’t tested it on a tablet, so it is hard for me to know whether it works at all.

I would characterise Iceber.gs’ area of expertise as “creative research and online inspiration for an individual”. Although it is possible to share your saved findings with others, Iceber.gs do not have a feature built around the social aspect of the web (unlike the already mentioned Gimmebar, for example).

I use neither Pinterest nor Evernote, I am a little skeptical as of the value such services contribute with in my workflow. However, I am now in the process of looking for inspiration for creative research and this tool is proving to be very useful. Maybe, it will prove its worth in a way that will make me want to use it more, hard to say.

Iceber.gs is still in beta, but you can request an invite on their website.

Twitter client for your desktop: Tweetbot for Mac

Among the many Twitter clients I’ve tried, I like Tweetbot for Mac andTweetDeck for Android the best. Let me start with the desktop client and save the rant about Twitter clients for mobile for next week.

Tweetbot was first released by Tapbots, LLC as a client for iPhone. Much and duly praised, it is one of the most popular mobile apps. Tapbots continued to make awesome and released Tweetbot even for iPad and Mac.

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I bought the desktop version of Tweetbot without a swipe on the surface of its mobile ancestor. For two reasons: hype and friend recommendation. I do not regret spending the money.

The client comes packed with great integrations with the services I love. Connect your Tweetbot with Droplr to upload and share photos and videos as well as shorten links. Add Pocket to save links in tweets for later reading. Which is also available at a stroke of a shortcut.

There are shortcuts for most actions you would perform on a tweet. Which really is the power of Tweetbot. Which would really be enough of a reason to buy it in the first place.

SwiftKey—a smart keyboard for Android

SwiftKey is probably the best alternative keyboard for Android. It comes with a bunch of features, most notable of which is text prediction—SwiftKey predicts what your next word is based on what you wrote before. It can learn from your tweets, Facebook updates, text messages, Gmail conversations and/or your blog.

One of the things I love about the app is that it isn’t limited to English. Since I use my phone daily to communicate in three languages, I find it neat to be able to easily switch between them and have it learn the way I type in my current language.

As of version 4, SwiftKey have introduced gesture typing, which is surprisingly accurate. You glide your finger across the keyboard and the app types the desired word. You can also glide your finger to the spacebar, which eliminates the need of ever lifting your finger from the screen of your phone.

Other features I like include themes and smart spaces. The latter inserts a space between two words should you forget to.

SwiftKey is available for both phones and tablets. If you are’t convinced that the app is worth 26 SEK (4 USD or 3 EUR), you can download a free 30-day trial.

Say hello to SwiftKey 4 is a video by SwiftKeyApp on YouTube.

Fluid—turning web apps into Mac apps

There are many websites and web applications that I use daily. Often, they are hidden among many tabs on my browser and are hard to find. Fluid is a an app that makes my favourite web app into a semi-native Mac app in seconds. When I need it, I open it using Spotlight or click on its icon sitting in the Dock.

The basic version of Fluid is free, but buying a licence for 5 USD unlocks several premium features. The app is originally inspired by Mozilla Prism and Adobe Air, and is developed by Todd Ditchendorf.

My Fluid apps mostly include productivity applications like Asana and Trello, as well as The Noun Project and Mikael Norling’s Entity Cheat Sheet. Have you used Fluid? What are your favourite app transformations?

IFTTT—making connections work

In the magnitude of web services that enable you to manage your presence and activity online, there is one that claims to do it especially easy for you. IFTTT, which stands for “If this then that”, is a powerful service that simply makes connections between things work.

I first came across IFTTT and fell instantly in love with it, when you still needed an invite to sign up for the private beta. It is still in beta, but you can join IFTTT freelyThe basic idea behind the service is that it lets you connect two things (be it a service or a device) based on a simple premise—every action has a trigger, regardless of whether the trigger is activated by one service and the action, or rather reaction, is expressed by another.

A couple of years ago, the connections IFTTT helped you set up between services were called “tasks”. Also, you could only see your own private tasks. The connections are now called recipes” and they can be both private and public (shared). The services or devices are called “channels”.

Here are some of my recipes:

I only mark YouTube videos as favourite, when I’ve watched them and liked them. And if I do, I want to share them with the world, by adding them to Buffer. Connect YouTube with Buffer by using this recipe here.

Every time I take a photo and post it on Instagram, it gets automatically posted as a tweet with an image. Connect your Instagram with Twitter by using this recipe here.

How are you using IFTTT? What are your favourite recipes? Share them with me in the comments below or on Twitter @clartem.

f.lux – keeping your sight safe from blue light

Around a month ago, I started using f.lux on both my laptop and desktop computers. It is a little app that makes the colour of your computer screen adapt to the time of day. It controls the amount of blue light that your computer screen emits. All you have to do is pick the amount of lighting you have at night and during the day, as well as where in the world you live, so f.lux can adjust your lighting according to sunrise and sunset. These are my f.lux preferences at the moment:

I’ve found that the app works very well, even though sometimes the colours seem a little distorted from what I’m used to. Try f.lux by downloading it here. It is available for Mac, Windows, Linux as well as for iPhone/iPad.

Pocket – a smart way to consume content, later

I usually stumble across an interesting article, a recommended video or an animated gif everyone talks about at a time that is too busy or in a place that is inconvenient. Pocket lets me save stuff to read it later.

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Here’s what I love most about this miracle of an app (yes, I’ve come to love it).

Pocket works on many devices

Pocket works on a wide variety of devices (I use it on my desktop computer, laptop and smartphone). If I save an item for later consuming on one device, I can pick it up almost instantly on another.

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Pocket has an article view and a web view

Pocket is an app that evolved from Read It Later. And when they claim to be the best way you read things later, they mean it. Say you saved a blog post to your Pocket. Are you interested in archive links in the sidebar or navigation bar of the blog? Most probably not. In the “article view”, Pocket shows your the relevant blog post text, omitting the rest. Handy? Certainly.

Should you want to see the context of a web page the blog post originally appeared on, no problem. Just switch to the web view and enjoy. Handy? You bet!

Share what you’re reading from inside the app

Pocket lets you share what you’re reading or what you’ve read from inside the app. You can e-mail an article, share it on Twitter, Facebook or Evernote. When I read several articles in a row and want to share them with the world, share-to-Buffer feature helps me spread out my reading tips during the day.

Introducing Pocket is a video from Pocket on Vimeo.

If you haven’t used Pocket before, go to getpocket.com, give it a spin and tell me what you think, either by commenting below or mentioning @clartem on Twitter.

Trello – a notice board the way I want it

I attend many meetings where we talk about things that aren’t easy to articulate in words without an extra effort. Recently, I’ve found myself willing to walk up to the whiteboard and explain my point in drawing or sketching.

We use whiteboards for writing down notices and walls for sticking post-it notes, too. Usually, in order to remember something. Almost one a half years ago, I was looking for a digital notice board to be used by a team of twenty customer service representatives to pin things to remember. Corkboard.me was too obvious a choice at the time, with many limitations.

I stumbled across Trello a couple of weeks after it was first released (I think). Simply put, it is a collaborative project management and organisation tool. Trello is basically a workspace for a team or an individual user of three levels – boards consisting of lists consisting of cards.

One of the things I love about this tool is that I have the freedom to define the kind of content that each level contains. One way to use a Trello board is as a Kanban board. At our citizen and customer service though, we have chosen to use a Trello board as a notice board. Each list represents an area of expertise and each card is a notice, usually of immediate or short-term relevance. When the content of a card is no longer relevant, we archive it.

Trello is available both as a web app and as an app for your mobile device of choice.

Have you been using Trello, too? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Share them with me in the comments below, or mention @clartem on Twitter.