Website of the Week - Staying Ahead of the Technology Curve with 3 Easy Websites for Tracking New Tech Tools and Gadgets (Plus as a Bonus - List of 30 Great Geek Speak Blogs)

Real Estate Agent with PREA Signature Realty -

Technology plays a very important role in our real estate brokerage.  From the syndication of our listings to lead generation, we use technology to maintain a competitive edge.

Each week, I search the internet to find new tech tools and gadgets.  I read several reviews.  I then select 2 or 3 sites to test during the week.  If the site works as promised, I then put it on the list.  On Monday afternoons, I meet with my business partner to review the sites and to discuss which sites may be useful to our agents.  We then discuss how the sites can be incorporated into our real estate practice.  We then select a website for the week and a real estate tech tip or gadget to discuss at our weekly sales meetings.

I was recently asked "How do you find these sites?"  It is simple.  I turn to these three tried and true websites:

Kim Komando:  Kim Komando is a syndicated talk show host on CBS Radio appearing locally on KMOX FM1120.  As she says, she is the "digital goddess" and is dedicated to "all things digital."  Her website offers a wealth of information including:

  • Newsletters:  4 Newsletters including a weekly newsletter, show tip of the day, cool site of the day, and show news of the day.
  • Audio:  Streaming audio and podcasts are available for paid subscribers.
  • Columns:  Syndicated technology columns appearing in USA Today, Microsoft's Website and other newspapers.
  • Downloads:  Download library includes free useful software downloads ranging from office tools to e-mail tools to web tools.  All of the downloads are for FREE software.
  • Websites:  A list of websites with brief reviews covering websites ranging from tech tools to photos to homes and garden to finance to food.
  • Tips:  Tips on a host of issues ranging from hardware to software to networking to browers to security and privacy issues.
  • Buying Guide:  Buying guides with reviews of features and suggested pricing for almost any tech gadget.

MakeUseOf:  MakeUseOf includes a small staff of tech savvy entrepreneurs who search the internet for tech tips, cool gadgets and new websites.  The site is broken down into two basic areas:

  • MakeUseOf Articles:  This section offers how to guides, website and software reviews, and a daily recap called "Cool Websites and Tools."
  • Directory of Apps:  This section allows you to search for websites and tools by categories ranging from contacts management to browsers to mobile technology to GPS and much more.

KillerStartUps:  KillerStartUps provides reviews of new websites, software, blogs and more.  Whereas Kim Komando and MakeUseOf focus on FREE websites, software, etc., KillerStartUps focuses on websites, software, and blogs that may just be the next BIG THING on the internet - whether free or fee based.  KillerStartUps reviews 30 new websites per day and publishes brief reviews of 15 websites per day.  The community then votes on the websites.  You can also search by broad categories.  However, the category tags are broad, not always accurate, and frankly not much assistance.

Hopefully, these three websites will satisfy your curiosity and thirst for technology.  However, if you can't sleep, need to speak "geek", or have a burning tech question, then try one of these tech and internet marketing blogs:

  • BetterThanTherapy
  • GeekLad
  • PleasantNights
  • SystemBash
  • AnnSmarty
  • Ask The Admin
  • Tech Crazy
  • Make Tech Easier
  • The Things I Do
  • The Windows Fix
  • The 20 Life
  • Lost In Technology
  • Super Subconscious
  • Jeet Blog
  • The Computer Lady
  • Grind Smart
  • Your Fashion Oasis
  • BetterContent
  • Mason Tech Beat
  • FriedBeef
  • Geeky Ninja
  • Tic Tech Toe
  • Smoking Apples
  • Third Error
  • Associated Content
  • TheTutorialBlog
  • GrantBlog
  • GeeksAreSexy
  • Interested in discovering how technology can help you sell your home or purchase a new home in St. Louis, Missouri?  Contact Ryan Shaughnessy, broker-principal at PREA Signature Realty, by telephone at 314-397-3182 or by e-mail to

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    Ryan thanks for sharing, I am an avid fan of Kim Komando's and love her show, she speaks plain english for those of us techno-challenged.  I will check out the other sites too.  Thanks!

    Feb 20, 2009 09:03 PM #1
    Randall Sandin
    Carolina One Real Estate - Charleston, SC
    843-209-9667 - Search for Charleston SC Real Estate

    thanks for the great info - I will definitely read more into this

    Feb 20, 2009 09:24 PM #2
    Janice Roosevelt
    Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
    OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

    Ryan how do you have time to figure all this out. Do you every sleep?

    Feb 20, 2009 10:19 PM #3
    Gabe Sanders
    Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
    Stuart Florida Real Estate

    Thanks Ryan for the great tips.  On my list of to look at.  I knew many of these, but some new ones look to be worth checking out.

    Feb 20, 2009 10:41 PM #4
    Ryan Shaughnessy
    PREA Signature Realty - - Saint Louis, MO
    Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

    Gail:  These websites make technology easy to understand.  Kim Kommando is definitely for everyone.  Makeuseof is oriented a little bit more towards the tech enthusiast.  The blogs listed are definitely more for the experienced techies.  Hope the info helps.

    Randall:  Thanks for reading...

    Janice:  I posted this one... because I couldn't sleep.  Read a few of the tech blogs and that did the trick.

    Gabe:  I am curious which one you like the best.  My only problem with KillerStartUps is that it includes paid sites that some agents simply can't afford as a luxury or convenience item in this market.

    Feb 21, 2009 03:10 AM #5
    Kari Battaglia, PA
    Keller Williams Realty Gold - Englewood, FL
    Selling Florida Gulf Coast Lifestyle

    I am definitely bookmarking and checking out the great websites you mentioned.  Thanks for sharing.

    Feb 23, 2009 12:51 PM #6
    Ryan Shaughnessy
    PREA Signature Realty - - Saint Louis, MO
    Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

    Kari:  I hope you find the sites interesting - I'm a tech enthusiast and I love seeing the new tools.

    Feb 23, 2009 01:08 PM #7
    Tyra General
    240.706.7653 - Fort Washington, MD
    DC Metro Short Sale & Luxury Specialist

    Thanks for the info!

    Feb 24, 2009 07:44 AM #8
    Ryan Shaughnessy
    PREA Signature Realty - - Saint Louis, MO
    Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

    Tyra:  Thanks for reading.

    Feb 24, 2009 08:36 AM #9
    Raj Khurana
    RE/MAX R.E. (Mountain View) - Calgary, AB
    Realtor - Link to Calgary Homes

    Ryan, so much to little time. Great post. Thanks a lot.

    Feb 25, 2009 02:45 PM #10
    Ryan Shaughnessy
    PREA Signature Realty - - Saint Louis, MO
    Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner

    Raj:  There are so many great posts on AR that I feel like I miss too many... Often, I will bookmark and read later.  Thanks for reading.

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