The other day Jeff was using the/my laptop and in frustration asked me, “What is all this crap in your toolbar?”
My answer of course, was, “stuff”. Stuff I need. You know, for blogging.
After thinking about his question for a few days, and evaluating exactly what is in my toolbar, I’ve come to the conclusion that everything in my toolbar is NOT important. Like, say for example the My Heritage application. Do I really need this application in my toolbar so that I can determine which celebrity I most resemble? I’m going to have to go with a NO on this one. I also never use my Wisestamp (used for customized email signatures) application.
Some of the other applications I have though, are important….like:
- Google. Who doesn’t have Google?
- The Alexa Tool bar. This allows me to see the Alexa rating of every website I visit. I do use this all the time.
- I also use the SEOmoz application frequently. It allows me access to all kinds of information about websites (like MY OWN) that I’d never search for if it wasn’t so easily accessible. Potentially, I can check the sites traffic using 4 different sources. I can Tweet the sites URL, or even shorten it. If I were super interested in SEO then I’d be impressed with the GeoTargeting, Top Pages, Term Target, Trifecta information pages. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. There is so much information available it’s insane. Now, I promise you that I use all of this information for my site only. I am WAY to lazy to look at yours.
- Swag Bucks. I use this as a search tool. For each search I complete I get points that can be redeemed for stuff like Amazon gift cards. So far I haven’t redeemed them for anything, but someday I will.
- Zemanta. Have you heard of it? It helps one “blog smarter” by “dressing up postings with related content links, images, audio, and video”. I’m not sold on the whole package because the images and suggestions have a tendency to distract me when I’m writing a post, however, I can’t sing enough praises about the tag suggestions it provides as well as In-text links.
- StumbleUpon. I don’t use this as much as I should, but it’s handy when I find a site that I want Stumbled.
After much thought, I decided to delete a few things from my toolbar that really were not necessary. Thank goodness for an internet search that told me how. Who knew how important that “TOOLS” icon is in the toolbar? A few clicks (Tools, Add-Ons, Extension, and then select applications to disable or uninstall) and my toolbar is a little cleaner.
And now I have to know. What applications do YOU have in your toolbar?