Humbled by and Grateful for “Free” Information

by Vicki on October 7, 2011

Over the past few weeks, my eyes have been especially open to the plethora of excellent online resources that are available for “free”.

I really shouldn’t be surprised since through the years of working with PROVOKE, some of our greatest discoveries for clients have occurred through online methods – you would be amazed what a bit of time, some superior sleuthing skills and plain old persistence can unearth!

Below, I’ve showcased a few of the resources that I have especially enjoyed recently –

Pinterest – I didn’t get the full power of this site the first time I visited. As described by Pinterest:

Our goal is to connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting. We think that a favorite book, toy, or recipe can reveal a common link between two people. With millions of new pins added every week, Pinterest is connecting people all over the world based on shared tastes and interests.

The site is visually stunning and the potential of what you could accomplish (personal or work wise) is impressive.

YouTube – No matter what you need to learn, somebody has probably created a video to help you with the task or to grow your understanding. From how to seal a new concrete floor, to how to create a blog, to developing a better understanding of Twitter – You Tube can help. If in doubt on how to accomplish a task, don’t forget to give YouTube a try.

Various food bloggers – There are just so many to choose from. Whether you are a novice or a professional in the kitchen, food blogs have something to offer you. Perhaps it is the social psychologist in me, but I find it fascinating that so many people electronically document (through stories, videos and pictures) what they and their families consume on a daily basis.

Here are some of my most recent go to sites for food –
Simple Bites
Dinner with Julie
Eating Rules

Feedly – This newsreader has changed the way I consume information on the web. The feel and visual of the reader is much like a magazine – you can customize the reader to deliver the content you want to read in the way that you want to read it (i.e., various layouts). As described on the website –

Feedly is a news reader for creative minds, a simple and elegant way to read and share the content of your favorite sites.

It is easy to install (just a few seconds) and is available on iOS, Android, Chrome, Safari and Firefox.

In the spirit of sharing resources…I’d love to hear from our followers what online gems you have unearthed. Anyone care to share?

And for anyone who is interested in the notion of free and how it can be applied as a business strategy, take a look at Chris Anderson’s book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price and his assertion that information wants to be free. If you have been considering how to incorporate “free” into your offering, this is the book to get your cognitive wheels turning.

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