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Free Internet Tools & Resources to Enhance Your Online Presence…

3 February 2011 2 Comments

Woman at laptop with child

Here’s a couple of free online tools and web-resources that I use to do my thing online. Take a quick breeze through…I think you’ll find most of these to be REALLY helpful. (Note: all images can be clicked to zoom out and see additional commentary.)


Youtube to MP3:

This lets you strip the audio content from youtube videos and download to your computer instantly. It works best as a firefox add-on, but if you use a different browser, you can do the same thing straight from the main website here.


Keepvid.com:

This one lets you download entire videos themselves. From places like Youtube, Metacafe, Daily Motion and almost anywhere else, you can use this website to save the entire video to your computer or flashdrive to watch anytime later or edit into your own production…


AdBlock Plus:

Ad Block Plus IconThis is a firefox add-on that ELIMINATES ALL ADS. Whenever I use Facebook, Yahoo Email or almost anything else, the ads just aren’t there, and it’s at the point now where I forget they even exist…(unfortunately, this looks like it’s Firefox only at the moment.)


Social Oomph:

This is a free online service that AUTOMATES your twitter posts. There’s actually a lot more that it does too, but I use it to schedule all of my “tweets” in one sitting and then go on with the rest of my day…


Crystal XP:

Just a cool site with tons of cool free software, wallpapers and other things that’ll help make your XP look better than a Mac. In fact, thanks to their “Brico-Packs,” when most people use my laptop now they don’t believe that it’s actually running XP.


DeviantArt.com:

This is the site where I get most of my cool images from. Think of it like a Google image search for the type of quality artwork that belongs in comic books and anime (see samples below). Great wallpapers here too…


yoda wise quotes cool image

thundercats symbolism great picture


ImageSource.com:

And this is the site where I get most of my realistic images from. It has what’s referred to as “stock photography”: images of people working, playing, and doing other real-life activities so that web designers, internet marketers and others can more easily paint pictures in their viewers mind. Here’s a few samples:


black man reading a computer...

Black child in nature

images of black love

They just changed their site to allow for Stock MOTION too…now you can get silent videos of the same sort for voice-over narration, commercials or whatever else…


The Gimp:

GIMP stands for GNU Image Manipulation Program (GNU is a free operating system similar to Unix), and you can think of it like a free version of Adobe Photoshop. Of course, there’s a bit of a learning curve here, but if you’re willing to take the time (and check out some youtube video tutorials), you’ll definitely learn some impressive skills pretty fast.



This program is what lets me do the logos and images I put together from time to time. Here’s a couple examples of what I’ve been able to do with minimal training, persistence and a bit of common sense:


malcolm x think knowledge

black woman at laptop thinking




And here’s one of those tutorial videos I mentioned:

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Animoto.com:

FIRE. This website makes amazing, high-quality slideshows from your images AUTOMATICALLY. All you have to do is upload the images, video clips and subtitles you want and Animoto does the rest.



Here’s an example. Peep how I used images from DeviantArt, videos downloaded with Keepvid, etc. (it’s all about synthesizing the skills):

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Hope all this helps. Get at me with any questions…



Peace,
+B




2 Comments »

  • Anonymous said:

    Im gonna try that GIMP program sounds very useful thanks for the tips

  • Anonymous (author) said:

    No doubt Sutekh. You got it…

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