Free SaaS I Use Daily

SAASIt's a busy Thursday, but I've got a couple of minutes so I'm going to tell you about a few web-based services I use on a daily basis. All of these can be used for free.

I'm going to skip services like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or Linked In and stick with more SaaS-type services.

Google Analytics
I manage several websites, and track metrics for each of them. Google opened up GA to the public in the summer of 2006 and now I'm wondering how I ever survived without it. I used to pay actual money for sites that did a worse job than GA and GA is complete free.

If you manage web sites, or even a single site, you've got to implement GA.

Flickr is the only site I pay for that is strictly for personal use. I host all my photos on Flickr, and even a bunch of videos. Flickr is free but you're limited, so power users will want to get the pro version. It's worth it.
On Twitter, I use shortened URLs, due to the 140 character tweet limit. enables me to track click-thrus via Twitter. I can see which tweets get the most traction and which go viral. Conversely, you learn pretty quickly which tweets nobody gives a shit about.

Instant messaging is the new email. Haven't you heard? I use to do all my instant messaging in the browser. You simultaneously login to Yahoo!, Gchat, MSN, Facebook and more.

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I like multiprotocol IM systems. Pidgin is my favorite. Yahoo, MSN, Facebook, all in one.

October 15, 2009 @ 5:13 PM

Kathy Clesson

Have you ever tried watching a film clip in a Meebo room? I am thinking of setting rooms up for my students, but would like to chat with someone who has already done it.

October 15, 2009 @ 7:12 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Sorry, haven't tried watching a film clip in a Meebo room. I know I have a Meebo room, but I'm never in it!

One thing I really like about Meebo is the app I've stuck on for real-time communique with my legion of fans.

October 15, 2009 @ 8:21 PM


Do you use any sort of plugin to access GA from your MT install, or do you just go straight to the GA reports? You can throw an email at me if you so desire.

October 16, 2009 @ 12:21 AM

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