Since I’ve been blog­ging for, gosh, over ten years now in var­i­ous forms and at var­i­ous URLs, I’m hip to the var­i­ous ways to post and get infor­ma­tion: blogs, rss, tweets, sta­tus updates, etc, and I long ago fell in love with a Mac appli­ca­tion called Net­NewsWire, one of the first best RSS read­ers. I’ve got thou­sands of web­site feeds in my sub­scrip­tion list and can skim them all in a man­ner of min­utes if nec­es­sary. For me, how­ev­er, NNW didn’t make the tran­si­tion to iPhone app very well (I’ve had slow and bug­gy expe­ri­ences with it). NNW was bought out by News­Ga­tor sev­er­al years ago and now syncs your lists between devices with Google Read­er (this is a good thing). NNW for Mac is still a fab­u­lous appli­ca­tion and well worth an invest­ment. But for stay­ing con­nect­ed with all the lat­est infor­ma­tion while on the go, my new favorite RSS read­er for iPhone is Reed­er.

The Reed­er app is fast (even with thou­sands of feeds), has a pleas­ing min­i­mal inter­face, and real­ly killer func­tion­al­i­ty! It can take any inter­est­ing link and make a note, share it, post it to deli­cious, save it to instapa­per (more on that in a minute), tweet it, open it in safari, and copy/mail links/articles as well. And more. The expe­ri­ence is, as I said, fast and sleek and sim­ple yet with enough pow­er to do what­ev­er you wish. It, too, syncs up with your Google Read­er account keep­ing every­thing up to date between devices.

If you like a more glossy expe­ri­ence with your news and updates, you’ll want to con­sid­er using the new Pulse app, espe­cial­ly if you are main­ly now using an iPad (it works the same on the iPhone, but the small­er screen makes it feel cramped). Pulse is a visu­al­ly pleas­ing pre­sen­ta­tion of your feeds (but is lim­it­ed to 20 of your favorites) so you’ll want to use it for the stuff you like to spend a lit­tle more time read­ing.

For cre­at­ing and catch­ing up on your var­i­ous tweet streams, I can high­ly rec­om­mend Twit­terif­ic for iPhone/iPad. There are plen­ty of oth­er apps for tweet­ing (even one just for writ­ing tweets, Bird­house), but I’ve nev­er felt lack­ing with the design or fea­ture set of Twit­terif­ic. It just works, with mul­ti­ple accounts, and it looks darn nice. The offi­cial Twit­ter iPhone app is nice, too, and free.

On the desk­top side of things, I’m a big fan of Seesmic. Oth­ers might rec­om­mend Tweet­Deck, but for me Seesmic fits my style and has all the expect­ed fea­tures of mul­ti­ple accounts, search­es, hash­tags, retweet­ing, URL short­en­ing and the like. Works pret­ty well and the price is right (free).

HootSuite - Social Media Dashboard

But late­ly, what with the mul­ti­ple social media accounts that I man­age or am involved with, I’ve desired some­thing a lit­tle more pow­er­ful and found it in Hoot­Suite. Because I’ve got my personal/business account (@tweak), my oth­er busi­ness account (@viewville) and my fea­ture film project (@triumph67film) as well as the var­i­ous Face­book pages that go along with those, I need­ed a tool that could han­dle them all as well as do sched­uled post­ings for future dates/times. Hoot­Suite does all this and more (includ­ing man­ag­ing your oth­er team mem­bers and assign­ing tweets to them)! And while their com­pan­ion iPhone app does cost a few bucks (now free!), hav­ing all those fea­tures in my pock­et means I can more quick­ly and effi­cient­ly man­age my var­i­ous social media accounts when I’ve got a spare minute here and there.
Oh, and instapa­per. Well, this is one ser­vice you’ve just got to try. It’ll take your inter­est­ing links you come across and save them for lat­er so you can flag a long sto­ry and have it all ready to go when you actu­al­ly have the time to dig into a longer arti­cle. Sim­ple, easy to use.

PS — this entire post (and most of them, in fact) was cre­at­ed using MarsEd­it.