Bookmark It! (Not to be confused with the popular 80’s reading program, Book It)

2010 is right around the corner. As of Jan. 4, we’ll all be rearing to get started on a brand new year, so before taking off to celebrate the holidays, why not get your resources in order?

I’d like to (with your help) build a list of bookmark-worthy websites that have the potential to carve a spot into your browser toolbar. Not everything you see below is new (though some are), but everything listed could easily qualify as a staple in any professional’s repertoire of websites worth consulting.

Without further ado, I’ll kick things off:

Social Media/Marketing/Web 2.0 Inspirations:

Brian Solis.com — He’s hands down one of the most brilliant minds in all things Web 2.0.

ConvinceandConvert.com – I’m not even going to lie. Jay Baer is my social media hero. Bookmark him.

MPDailyFix.com – Sat in on a webinar they produced this year. Those were 30 of the best minutes I’ve ever invested online. I took copious notes chalk-full of implementable golden nuggets.

Scobleizer.com – Not much needs to be said here. He’s a technical evangelist worth following.

ReadWriteWeb.com , TechCrunch.com & Mashable.com – I’ve lumped all three together because they all share two commonalities: Their content is drafted by really smart people, and they tell me everything I need to know about emerging technologies, tech news and tech trends. They’re my first clicks of the morning.

HelpAReporter.com – I posted all about this website/free service in an earlier blog post. If you’d like to build awareness for your organization, and you possess a website (guessing you answered yes to both), you simply must get on board with HARO.

Designer/Developer websites and apps:

AListApart.com – If you make websites (and most of you do) this is a no-brainer bookmark. It’s extremely easy to quickly find helpful articles on specific topics running the entire gamut of design.

SmashingMagazine.com – If you appreciate helpful lists, useful “how to” articles, or just like looking at uber cool, pretty, flawless web designs, this is the site for you. ‘Nuff said.

PHPAnywhere – Do you develop in PHP? Are you not always at your stationary work station? Would you like to remain productive while on-the-go? Look no further, developer friends.

Colorhat – Do you need to track time for your clients? Need a little help staying on-task? Simply curious to see how long you spend on each item on your to-do list? If you answered yes to any of these, you can use Colorhat.

CodeBetter – I could lie and tell you a million reasons why I love this site, but I’m a PR/social media chick. I’m no coder. Our developers and designers swear by it though, so it must be good.

I could go on and on with more websites and apps that I find useful, all of which are nestled within my many bookmark folders, but I’m getting a jumpstart on my New Year’s resolution, which is to be more succinct in my professional life. Now then, PLEASE add your favorites in the comment section below, and be sure to include why it’s one of your favorites.

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2 Responses to “Bookmark It! (Not to be confused with the popular 80’s reading program, Book It)”

  1. As a developer, I cannot remember every nuance of every language component, all the time, so I use http://www.w3schools.com as a great reference.

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  2. Thanks for the addition, Paul! I don’t know how you developers manage to pack it all in up there. I’m sure tools like the one you mentioned are crucial.

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