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Create RSS Feeds of your Favorited Tweets!

Twitter seems to be a continous stream of information and it is rather difficult to keep track of some important tweets that you liked or would like to get back to at a later time.

One way to keep track of an important tweet is to favorite it. This way you can get back to it anytime you want and do not need to use Twitter’s search feature which is not exactly great.

Creating a RSS Feed of Favorite Tweets

I personally like following things I am interested with Google Reader and I tried to search for quick way to create RSS feeds out of all the tweets I mark as favorite.

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Thankfully, Twitter itself has a great feature which is not as well known to create RSS feeds of any user’s favourite tweets.

For example, if you want a RSS feed of our blog’s Twitter account (@Devils_Workshop ) just use the method described below.

http://twitter.com/favorites/devils_workshop.rss

Just replace “devils_workshop” into any account’s username to created the desired RSS feed.

Archiving Favorite Tweets to Evernote

If you like saving notes on Evernote then this Ifft feature is a great way to archive all your favorite tweets to your Evernote account.

Just visit the this ifttt link and connect your Twitter and Evernote accounts. It will automatically archive all your favorite tweets to Evernote. Do note you will have to create a ifttt account.

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Backup your Instagram Photos to Your Computer

Instagram has been a hot topic over the last couple of weeks. First added a lot more fans by becoming available on Android. That part was followed up by Facebook acquiring Instagram.

Not all fans of Instagram are happy about Facebook acquiring the company as they fear that Facebook will kill Instagrams independence and turn it into just a feature.

There are a couple of quick ways to backup your Instagram photos on your computer.

#1. Instaport

Visit Instaport.me and use your Instagram login credentials to authorize the app. Once we are done with the authorization the site shows a page which allows us to download photos in a .zip file.

The advanced options allow users to download all your photos, photos from a specific time frame and even all the photos you liked from other users. It also allows downloading upto 100 Instagram photos from a particular tag.

Link: Instaport

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#2. Instagram to Dropbox

My favourite backup application is Dropbox. It works great with other websites and I use it to backup my Facebook photos automatically on my computer.

I like using this iftttt recipe that automatically backups my Instagram photos to my Dropbox account.

Link: Instagram to Dropbox

I personally like using the second option because it works automatically and behind the scenes but for more features using Instaport is great too.

Do drop in your comments.

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Find Similar, Alternative or Related Websites with Online Tool

Lately, I have started spending a lot of time on Flipkart to keep track of a certain books I am interested in buying. Usually I end up using MySmartPrice for the cheapest options.

That said I wanted to look for a good list of all similar online retail services in India. A great online tool to get similar or alternative websites for a particular one is Websites Like.

Websites Like Features

  • The website features a search feature. Just type in the keyword to find related websites.
  • If you want to find similar websites, just append the site address to http://www.websiteslike.org/site/ . For example http://www.websiteslike.org/site/devilsworkshop.org will give out results of sites that are similar to our blog.
  • The website claims that it has alternatives for over 1 million websites. I must say that sometimes the most obvious results are missing. For example, when I type in “Google Search” it does not return Bing but a host of SEO and Google related websites. Then again, users would not be looking for the most obvious results anyways.

It would have been nice to have a search bookmarklet or Chrome extension to make it easy to use Websites Like on the fly. Unfortunately at the moment I will just have to bookmark this one for now.

Do try out Websites Like and drop in your comments.

Link: Websites Like

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Get a Snapshot of Your Social Media Life from Exactly a Year Ago

Today, exactly a year ago the Indian Cricket team won the World Cup. I thought about that glorious day from a year ago and wondered what sort of social update or photos did I share a year ago? Searching for your Tweets, Facebook updates or photos shared on Instagram can be tedious if not downright frustrating.

Timehop is an internet service that sends you email updates everyday with what you shared on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Four Square.

Sign up with your Facebook account on Timehop.com and also link your other account on social networks like Twitter, Foursquare and Instagram.

Timehop will put togeather all that you shared on these linked accounts from exactly a year ago. This information is sent to you via an email. This email will be the same one you use for your Facebook account, which you have linked to Timehop.

Additionally Timehop also sends interesting global news and events in the email update, which happened exactly a year ago. I find this a great way to relive some interesting updates and photos we shared on social media websites.

Do drop in your comments.

Link: Timehop

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Enable Google’s Account Acitivty Reports!

Google has recently updated it’s privacy policy. That exercise was to create a single privacy policy instead of 60 different ones. I personally found it to be a good idea. Google was accepting that it did collect data and was using it across services. This was probably its worst kept secret so being more transparent about it made sense.

Today, Google has introduced a new service called account activity. This basically puts together a report on your Google account’s usage across its various services.

  • Visit this link and verify your Google account. Even if you are signed into Gmail, it will still ask for verification as pre-cautionary measure.
  • When you receive the link to the account activity report, go ahead and check out your report.
  • I got some interesting information on how many emails I sent or received in a month or how many people viewed videos I had uploaded on YouTube.

I do not use Google Search when I am signed into my account, so I guess that is why it does not show search related details for the month. Otherwise it is supposed to show details regarding your search queries too.

It also gives a quick idea of which platforms and browsers were used to access your Google account. This can be handy to catch suspicious activity on your Google account.

Do drop in your comments.

Link: Google Account Activity

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Create Infographic Styled Resumes with Information from Facebook/Linkedin

Yesterday, I wrote about an online tool that can help you improve your resume by grading it and also giving additional tips. Recently, you might have come across very creative resumes which are designed like an infographic.

ResumUp is a website that allows users to create an infographic styled resume from data taken from your LinkedIn or Facebook profile.

Visit the website Resumup.com and allow it to use your Linked In or Facebook profile information. Within seconds it creates an infographic styled graphical presentation of your timeline as far as work experience is concerned. You can also edit various elements on the presentation and customize it further.

Users can then download your Resume infographic in a PDF format or also share it online with friends on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Do try our ResumUp and drop in your comments.

Link: ResumUp

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TIP – Check How Good Your Resume is with Online Tool

Fresh out of college when I started job hunting, I found out was that I was completely clueless on how to go about writing my Resume. I wish I had something like RezScore back then which is a free online tool that grades your Resume and gives suggestions on how to improve it.

RezScore Features

  • Upload your resume and chose if you want a grade or also job leads. Click on Rezscore to get a grade for your Resume.

  • The analysis of the Resume is pretty decent and gives good advice on improving ones resume. For example how many people know that first person references should ideally be avoided in a resume.
  • Other impressive features shows which industries is your Resume the strongest for. This is helpful as it might help you tweak your resume to target a particular industry better.
  • RezScore is a free online tool and does not require registration.

You might also want to check out how to write a professional resume and how to create a web resume withing minutes.

Do try out RezScore and drop in your comments. Also drop in any other online tips you have used for improving your resume.

Link: RezScore

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Google Tool to Check Your Website’s Performance on a Mobile Phone

If you own a website, it is important to take into account how your website would be displayed on a mobile platform. Over the past few years, usage of mobile phones and tablet devices has grown manifold. For instance if even 20% of your readers view your website on a mobile device, then it is a good idea to check how if the links can be clicked with a thumb on a touch screen or if text on a page can be read without the need for magnifying.

Google AdSense obviously sees a lot opportunities for displaying ads on websites viewed on a mobile device. It has developed a free online tool called How to Go Mobile, which helps you check how your website performs on a mobile phone.

  • Enter the URL of your website you want to check and select what you intend to do with your website. This includes options like content publisher or if the website is used to generate leads or about a business that is online as well as offline.
  • The online tool will carry out relevant checks and show up details like Loading Speed, how images appear, text format and navigation.
  • In the above screenshot, you might see that Devils’ Workshop passed all the requirements except that the text might need a bit of work.
It is better to check with Google Analytics if your blog or website needs a mobile version of it before investing too much time in making design changes on your website.

Do try out How To Go Mobile tool and drop in your comments.

Link: howtogomo

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Check How Secure Your Password is with Microsoft Tool

Passwords are an important part of our online life. They are the keys to our online homes and it is important to make sure we do not misplace them or allow them to fall into the hands of untrustworthy people.

I have different passwords for different services and often use LastPass to manage my passwords across different websites.

All these tools to save passwords can be handy only if your password is actually a good one and cannot be easily guessed. Microsoft has a nice online tool which shows if the password you are choosing is strong or weak.

Microsoft’s Password Checker

  • Just visit this link, and type in the password you want to test out.
  • It will indicate if the password you are using is weak or strong.

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A good password is usually an alpha-numerical combination along with a mix of special characters. Ideally this will help create a password that cannot be easily broken or guessed.

Here is another online tool to check the strength of your passwords across different parameters.

Try out Microsoft’s Password Checker and drop in your comments. Share with us any more password tips you find useful.

Link: Microsoft’s Password Checker

Related: Passwords are like Underwear! [Tip]

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Schedule Your Emails on Gmail and Google Apps [Right Inbox]

I like to check different email accounts at different times. Most times we do not need to schedule emails but sometimes it makes sense to schedule an email for wishing someone on birthdays or anniversaries. It can also be used to set a reminder email, that reminds you about a particular task in a few days or weeks (though I would suggest using Gmail Tasks or Google Calendar). 🙂

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Right Inbox Features

  • Install Right Inbox on your Chrome or Firefox browser. Sign into your Gmail account or Google App account for email and it will ask your permission to allow it to work with that particular Gmail account.
  • Now compose an email and click on ‘Send Later’ button. This will allow you to send emails at pre-set timings or at a specific date and time.
  • Right Inbox is in beta and hence is free. But as it is in beta, it is better not to schedule extremely important emails with this tool, even though I have not come across any issues.
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Bonus Tip!

If you want to find the best time to schedule an email, try to understand the time-zone the person reading your email lives in. Also their work timings if it is a work related email. For example sending an email at 9.00 am in the morning might work wonders as your email might show up among the top 5 emails in the recipients inbox when they check it for the first time in the morning. 😉

Here is a quick demo of Right Inbox.

You might also try using Boomerang to schedule emails on GMail.

Try out Right Inbox and drop in your comments.

Link: Right Inbox