The Apps and Sites We Loved in 2014

Hall Internet Marketing's favorite apps and websites of 2014With Christmas behind us and New Year’s coming up fast, it feels like an appropriate moment to give a shout-out to some of the things that have kept us informed and highly functional over the past year. Here are some of the apps and websites that made our day-to-day schedules run a little smoother, our commutes feel a little shorter, and our digital lives stay a little more organized. Hopefully by sharing some of our favorite tools and how we use them we might give you some ideas for your own productivity in the new year.

Apps:

Pocket – IOS/Android/Web

“I use the app Pocket to save longer articles that I want to read later. I can save articles directly from my browser or social media and read them via my phone, tablet or desktop. I’m not bothered about standing in line anymore, because I know that I always have something to read (even when I don’t have cell reception).”

– Rachel Bowes, Director of Digital Marketing

Any List – IOS/Web

“Any List allows me to make and share lists with others. It is invaluable for collaborative to-do lists and grocery lists.”

– Caitlin Frank, Responsive Web Designer

Weather Underground – IOS/Android

“I’ve fallen in love with Weather Underground’s mobile app. Being a data nerd, it makes weather prediction fun.”

– Gary Thayer, WordPress Developer

Venmo – IOS/Android

“Venmo has made life considerably less stressful. In the past when there would be an awkward shuffle for calculators and paying with multiple cards, now it’s a simple text and you’re good for it.”

– Mary Soule, Junior SEO Analyst

Audible – IOS/Android/Windows Phone

“Listening to audiobooks makes driving seem like less of a chore.”

– Matt Harrison, Vice President of Technology

Google Tasks – Anywhere you access Gmail or Google Calendar

“With the amount of things I need to remember for the many clients I oversee, Google Tasks makes it easy for me to keep short notes in a checklist style format.”

– Beau Haseltine, Small Business Group Coordinator

Magicseaweed – IOS/Android/Windows Phone

“This app allows me to check the surf forecast anytime, anywhere.”

– Marc Breglio, Paid Search Manager

Websites:

CSSTriggers http://csstriggers.com/

“This interactive chart shows all the work that a browser has to compute based on which CSS property is being used.”

– Tim Howe, Lead WordPress Developer

WooRank Tool http://www.woorank.com/

“The WooRank tool is a free service that analyzes websites and gives suggestions on how to fix aspects that it determines to be incorrect or sub-optimal. This includes text to HTML ratio, use of keywords in content, social mentions, backlinks, and more. It’s great for taking a first look and doing a final check of a site.”

– Mike Johnston, Director of Web Performance

The Next Webhttp://thenextweb.com/

“I use this site to help keep me up on industry tech and web news. It has articles that touch on electronics, devices, programs and operating systems, and the occasional SEO article.”

– André McKay, Technical Search Manager

Codrops http://tympanus.net/codrops/

“This is my favorite website for discovering fresh and creative ideas.”

– Jessica Lavoie, Front-End WordPress Developer

BuiltWith http://builtwith.com

“I use this site any time I want to find out which technologies are being used on various websites.”

– Jonas Levasseur, Vice President of Operations

Google http://google.com

“I’m not really an app person but sometimes I use Google when I need to find things on the Internet.”

– Tom Hall, President