5. Linked In – the best way I have found of staying in touch with former clients, finding new staff and seeking professional recommendations
4. Twitter – if you don’t know why, see Charles Arthur‘s blog. Add to that a mobile Twitter app like Dabr or Twitterberry for keeping up on the move. Ditto an app such as Tweetdeck for managing your Twitter feed(s)
3. An RSS reader. Although I spend a lot of time hiding from mine…but in my defence, most of my feeds are now delivered through Twitter
1. Delicious – reading is the lifeblood of our industry but if you, like me, find almost every subject you come across interesting and have a healthy dose of ADD thrown in for good measure, this is your best friend. It is like having a clippings book and personal researcher with you at all times. Essential.
These are just the basic essentials. For the next stage, see Ged‘s meme that I responded to here about the new skills required but I would be put off hiring anyone not proficient in working with the sites, tools and apps listed above.