When HootSuite went down yesterday, I have to admit I was TO’ed. “What? My precious, witty, added value/value added tweets – lost in cyberspace for all time! THOSE BASTARDS!”
Really, I should have been grateful for the free service they provide. For the hundreds of new Twitter folks I’ve connected with, with HootSuite’s help. For the 99.99% of the time that they’re up and running and helping me expand my horizons. (You old-time telecom folks will notice that’s four, not five 9s of reliability.)
And it makes me think: How many free services would I be sunk without? Admittedly, not as many as some folks, but still… here’s a short list.
Dozens of WordPress plugins from generous folks around the world
Free WordPress themes from generous folks around the world
Social Mention (OK, I wouln’t be sunk, exactly)
Klout (OK, it’s actually a curse)
A hundred free resources from HubSpot
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That’s just off the top of my head. Amazing value there, isn’t it?
There are so many great services available at no cost beyond a computer and a connection. We all take them for granted, yet they help us get in business, compete, learn and just have a good time.
Which free services are you grateful for – and why? And even more important, do we show enough gratitude for the hard work of so many people in the digital community?