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Best Cloud Computing Websites and Apps

Top Cloud Computing Programs

If you didn’t catch my recent post about cloud computing, you should know I’m a huge enthusiast and think it’s going to play a big role in the future of the internet. People have been asking me what programs and applications I use to keep all of my data and other necessities in the cloud. Here’s a list of some of my favorites that I highly recommend:

Instant Messaging

Meebo.com

Meebo lets you aggregate many of the most popular instant messengers all into one place. The current list of instant messaging Meebo supports is: AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo, Windows Live, Facebook, MySpace, gTalk, ICQ, Jabber and MyYearBook. Meebo has been an excellent tool for talking to people on random/public computers.

*iPhone App Available

File Storage

Box.net

Box.net let’s you store a wide range of file types to keep on the internet that you can access from anywhere. My favorite thing about Box.net is that you can share certain files or folders with people by giving them a special link letting you collaborate with them securely. They also offer some really neat tools for collaboration that allow you to share files, assign tasks, start discussion and more.

*iPhone App Available

Email

G-Mail

If you’ve been living in a cave and don’t know about G-Mail I highly recommend checking it out. Not only does having a G-Mail account let you store all of your emails in the cloud but G-Mail also has the BEST spam filters and organizational tools I’ve ever come across. I don’t know about you but I much prefer a browser based out of the box solution like G-Mail in comparison to clunky programs like Microsoft Outlook.

*iPhone App Available


To Do List

RememberTheMilk.com

If you’re like me and need a list you can constantly check so you don’t have “oh crap, I forgot about that” moments Remember The Milk is a great app. You can organize, schedule, and prioritize different tasks to keep yourself from putting sticky notes all over your desk or screen and you can check it from anywhere!

*iPhone App Available


Scheduling

Google Calendar

I can’t say enough good things about Google. When it comes to cloud computing Google covers a lot of what you need to help run your business completely online. With Google Calendar you can schedule all of your appointments, meetings, conferences, interviews and everything else you need to do all from your Google Calendar account. You can also share your calendar with other people which is great if you want to let people know when you’re available.

*iPhone App Available


Document/Spreadsheet/Presentation Creation & Editing

Google Docs

Google Docs lets you create documents, spreadsheets and presentations all from your internet browser. You can easily create different types of documents for most needs using Google Docs. If you need to follow specific formatting rules or special guidelines the next recommendation might be a little better.

*iPhone App Available

Zoho.com

It’s hard to explain what all Zoho is capable of. If you’re looking for a more Microsoft Word type layout to editing documents/spreadsheets online then you definitely want to check out Zoho. Google Docs is great for quick and simple editing but if you want to do anything special or in a particular way I highly recommend Zoho. There are A LOT more features to Zoho than document editing though; they have everything from email to an online CRM to Editing tools.

Blogging

WordPress.org

If there’s one blogging platform/Content Management System that I’ve used extensively over the past few years that I recommend to anyone it’s WordPress. WordPress is THE best blogging platform in the world, period. Using WordPress to create posts and pages is so simple anyone can do it. Not only is WordPress extremely flexible and easy to use but it’s also great for seach engines and has a GIANT library of plugins to allow you to turn your site into virtually anything you want.

*iPhone App Available


Image Storage

Flickr.com

There’s no refuting that Flickr is the biggest authority when it comes to online photo storage. You can not only store all of your photos on Flickr but you can tag them with keywords to help give you some extra exposure.

*iPhone App Available


Video Storage/Uploading

YouTube.com

YouTube is basically the Flickr of video. I’m sure 99% of you already know all about YouTube and some of you probably already have videos up on it. YouTube is a great tool for storing your videos online and allows you to embed them on your website so you don’t have to burn through your own bandwidth. Similar to Flickr people can find your videos based on your keywords.

*iPhone App Available


Collaboration

Google Wave

Collaborating through email can get messy really fast. Google realized this and created a new(ish) tool called Google Wave. Google Wave is similar to email but all of the messages are kept in one place so anyone that joins the conversation can read it exactly how it happened without having to sort through forwards, indentation, and jumbled messages. I’ve been using Google Wave since it was in beta and it is my FAVORITE tool for collaborating on projects – it’s MUCH cleaner than email. Another feature of Google Wave is that it lets you embed different extensions into your wave like translations, images, iframes, calendars, maps, video conferencing and much much more.

Mind Mapping/Flow Charts

MindMeister

Mind mapping is my favorite way to turn ideas and thoughts into a more concrete process or road map. MindMeister lets you create mind maps online that you can share with other people and also let them edit or improve. By keeping your mind maps and flow charts in the cloud you can access them anywhere you get a new idea or thought and instantly get it down instead of waiting and possibly forgetting your next million dollar idea.

*iPhone App Available


Travel

TripIt.com

Traveling can be a headache sometimes, TripIt makes organizing/centralizing your travel plans much, much easier. With TripIt you can enter your itinerary (airline, hotel, etc.) and it automatically builds you a master travel itinerary for your entire trip all in one place. There’s even a new feature with TripIt that will inform you about any travel delays.

*iPhone App Available


Photo Editing

SumoPaint.com

There are certain apps in cloud computing that I know are going to change a lot the minute I see them, SumoPaint is one of those apps. SumoPaint lets you edit images all in your browser with a TON of features – it’s very similar to the popular photo editing software Photoshop. There aren’t quite as many bells and whistles but for a free online app SumoPaint does an amazing job for photo editing.

Those are my favorite cloud computing apps, what are yours?

Continuity Summit Update (Day 2)

Ryan Lee's Continuity Summit

So it’s day 2 at Continuity Summit and I must say I’ve been blown away so far. The event has exceeded all my expectations in every aspect. The people I’ve met here are great – from people just starting up to owners of multi-million dollar internet based companies. The networking opportunities are letting hundreds of people create mutually beneficial relationships giving everyone a shot at growing their business or creating new streams of income.

My company Beast Media gave a presentation on AdWords yesterday and my partner David Sinick did an amazing job. We received a lot of compliments and made some great new connections that I’m excited about. Continuity Summit has been a truly life changing experience for me this weekend. I’ve always 100% believed in what David and I are doing but the validation and appreciation I’ve been greeted with by the other attendees is extremely inspirational!

Continuity Summit, Day 1

Ryan Lee's Continuity Summit

So I’m sitting here at the first day of Continuity Summit waiting for registration to get over. The event’s shaping up pretty good so far and I’m excited to meet new people over the next 3 days! If you’re coming out be sure to say hi. I’ll update over the next few days with new information and maybe even some pictures. icon smile Continuity Summit, Day 1

On My Way to Connecticut

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I’m on my way to Connecticut for two weeks and I’m pumped to work my ass off and flesh as much new material as possible. My partner David Sinick and I have some huge plans for the next few weeks. We’ll be putting on a presentation at Continuity Summit in early March for a new product line we’re creating centered around creating and managing pay-per-click campaigns. We have loads of awesome content and lots of tips/tricks/secrets for staying super profitable that we’re excited to share. After Continuity Summit we’ll be launching the line of products to the rest of you so be sure to stay up to date here if you’re interested. I’ll update you guys throughout my trip about the products and other new and exciting big picture stuff.