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The best social media tools of 2013 (so far)

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It’s been a while since I’ve cobbled together a look at some of the newer social media tools making an impact.

The aim is to highlight hidden gems that can ease your online life, as opposed to talking about mainstream tools that get big chunks of air time.

Some similar posts from the past can be found here.

Enough reminiscing—let’s take a look at the new tools, sites, and Web and mobile apps worth having on your radar:

1. Dominder.com. Do you own a lot of domain names? Then you’ll love Dominder.com (just like Biscuit the Cat).

As the name suggests, it is a reminder service for your domain names, which means you’ll never miss those important re-registration dates. The interface is really clean, too—definitely one for your toolkit.

2. WooBox.com. This has become a big favorite at my workplace. WooBox.com is a Facebook brand page app service that provides a host of free and paid apps, ranging from Instagram tabs to competition solutions.

If you manage Facebook pages and want to add apps of all kinds, this is a great resource. A similar site worth considering is shortstack.com.

3. Tagboard.com. If hashtags are a big part of your social media presence, then Tagboard is for you.

Tagboard tracks hashtags across all major platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Vine, G+) so you can see where the tags are being used. You can create your own tagboard, giving you an aggregated look at all activity, which you can then share along the line (see an example below).

4. Feedspot.com. Feedspot is pitched as a new RSS reader; it enables you to pick and follow blogs based on your interests, and then it makes suggestions based on your activity. Feedspot also allows you to import your Google Reader subscriptions. Happy days.

5. Piktochart.com. This one is billed as an infographic and presentation tool for non-designers.

If you are responsible for creating compelling visual content this will come in handy. As with most design-based tools, you have free access to a portion its capabilities, but you’ll have to pay if you want all the bells and whistles.

6. LiveTweetApp.com. A live-tweet wall tool for events and conferences.

7. Picozu.com. An online drawing and photo-retouching application.

8. Zeen.com. Another image-generation tool that enables you to create shareable, poster-style pieces of content.

9. Youtube.videodeck.net. This is essentially tweetdeck for YouTube; it enables you to follow your favorite subscriptions and content with a dashboard-style experience.

10. RockMelt Mobile (download via app store). RockMelt launched to great fanfare a couple of years ago as a social Web browser but has evolved significantly to become one of the best mobile-based social discovery apps.

This story first appeared on the CommsCorner.com

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