dejan   24 Mar 2010   E-tools

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Despite the fact that there are thousands of applications available for PCs, diplomats (like most other people) tend to use only a very lilmited number of them (5-6?).

Stefano Baldi, Italian diplomat and one of pioneers in the field of e-diplomacy, selected a list of "Essential Tools" that he finds both simple to use and effective. We start this topic with Stefano's selection - originally posted on his diplomatic toolkit blog.

What tools do you use? What is your experience with the tools already listed? We welcome your comments and suggestions for new tools to add or new ways to use e-tools in diplomatic work!

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  • Profile picture for user Vladimir Radunovic
    Vladimir Radunovic, 05/27/2020 - 15:19

    "The tools I use the most" -- August 26, 2010 --

    The tools I use the most include skype, gimp, and maybe dosbox for an occasional old pc game ;)

    Barry

  • Profile picture for user Vladimir Radunovic
    Vladimir Radunovic, 05/27/2020 - 15:19

    "How to stop using an e-tool or website (virtual suicide?)" -- June 13, 2010 by Ginger --

    One of the reasons diplomats and others might be reticent to use online tools and services is that we are not sure if we will be able to stop using them when we want to. Lots of articles and tutorials tell us how to use the tools and websites, but this article, How to permanently delete your account on popular websites from SmashingMagazine.com explains how to stop using 14 different websites, including Facebook and Twitter, rating the difficulty of removing your account from each one. This might be a good article to read before signing up, and may give you information on how to proceed cautiously, permitting safe use of the tools.

    Another site, SuicideMachine asks "Tired of your Social Network?" and says:
    'Liberate your newbie friends with a Web2.0 suicide! This machine lets you delete all your energy sucking social-networking profiles, kill your fake virtual friends, and completely do away with your Web2.0 alterego. The machine is just a metaphor for the website which moddr_ is hosting; the belly of the beast where the web2.0 suicide scripts are maintained. Our service currently runs with Facebook, Myspace, Twitter and LinkedIn! Commit NOW!'

    NOTE: I have not investigated these sites, or tried the services. I am sharing the information as a starting point for exploration and discussion.

    I look forward to your comments, and maybe a post from Stefano...

  • Profile picture for user Vladimir Radunovic
    Vladimir Radunovic, 05/27/2020 - 15:19

    "ITouch and IPhone utilities for diplomats" -- May 24, 2010 by diplosor --

    If you have an ITouch (or an IPhone), you know that it already comes with the most important utilities you might normally use. Nevertheless there are some additional utilities that you could install on your device to improve its use for professional reasons: 1) Skype - Essential for ITouch (you can use it as a phone). It is free [http://www.skype.com/intl/en/get-skype/on-your-mobile/download/iphone-f…] 2) Imindmap - The version for ITouch of the programme for Mindmapping approved by Tony Buzan, the creator of Mind Mapping [http://www.thinkbuzan.com/uk/products/imindmap/iphone]

  • Profile picture for user Vladimir Radunovic
    Vladimir Radunovic, 05/27/2020 - 15:19

    "Time constraint" -- April 4, 2010 by diplosor --
    In fact I do not have a twitter account. I have not yet found an effective use for daily diplomatic activities. I do not want to create another time consuming occasion unless it can really be useful for my work. Time saving and improved effectiveness is the main criteria to select the e-tools that should be used.

  • Profile picture for user Vladimir Radunovic
    Vladimir Radunovic, 05/27/2020 - 15:19

    "Twitter as e-diplomacy?" -- April 1, 2010 by Ginger --

    I tweeted about this e-tools blog so others would hear about it, and take advantage of the information here. I wanted to @diplosor, but when I searched for your name and for diplosor, I realized that you might not have a Twitter account. Do you use Twitter? Do you recommend it? I am realizing now that I would really like to see a few blog posts from you about the e-tools that you do not recommend, and why. I think that could be very interesting, and very informative. Please consider it. Thanks for your contributions here.

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