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Friday Fast Five

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair,

Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

Again this week I’ll be offering up a bonus Fast Five.  There’s so much news to pass along, and I don’t want readers to miss a thing.

  1. 5 Creative uses of Flash and interactive storytelling: You know it’s not Friday Fast Five without Mark Luckie’s 10,000 Words blog.  This post offers great tips for those of us trying to wrap our arms around Flash.
  2. 10 of the Best Social Media Tools for Entrepreneurs: this one comes from the Mashable blog, and although it’s not journalism-specific, there are tools here that we all can use.  I’m a BIG fan of Monitter.
  3. Top 35 News Sources on Twitter you should follow : Keep updated with the latest news: we write the news, but we also need to keep up with the news, which makes this list from the Daily SEO Blog very handy.
  4. How To Use Tweetdeck: if you are a power user of Twitter (like me — @AvWeekBenet), using TweetDeck will make your experience 1000% better.  The Vogel Social Media blog posts a great video on how to use this Twitter tool.
  5. 14 Ways To Fight Twitter Burnout: The TwiTip blog helps keep the love fresh between you and Twitter.
  6. 10 Excellent and Free Blog Editors for the Desktop: The Six Revisions blog offers a list of offline blog editors to use when you don’t always have Internet access.
  7. Designing “Coming Soon” Pages:  I am in the process of creating a web site.  Right now, I have this really generic — and ugly — coming soon page, making this post from the Smashing Magazine blog right on time.
  8. 15 Great Websites To Download Thousands of Free Fonts: we all want to take our web sites to the next level.  One way to do that is by using fonts outside what comes with the hardware/software we all use, and the WebDesignDev blog does just that.
  9. 40 Free High-Quality WordPress Themes: speaking of the next level, for those of us on WordPress, Smashing Magazine offers up some really great design options outside the usual offerings.
  10. 11 Essential Photoshop E-Books Amazingly Free: the SpeckyBoy blog posts on books that can take your Photoshop skills to the next level.

I hope these are helpful.  If you see items for Fast Five, please drop me a line in the NABJ Digital Task Force Yahoo list serve.

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