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We may live in the information age, but today, communicating with your coworkers often isn’t as simple as just walking over to their desk. Often we’re working with people across the globe, and the internet is the main way we can stay in touch. To work efficiently in this new age, we need better ways to stay in touch.

The good thing is, there’s more ways to communicate now than ever before. You don’t have to wonder if you can stay in touch, but you do need to find the best way to stay in touch. Last week, we asked you what communications tools you use. We’ve rounded up the best and most popular communication tools, including old standbys and new tools you may have never heard of. Keep reading to find new ways to stay in touch with your team, wherever they are.

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Have you ever needed to send a file to a friend or coworker, but didn’t want to install a new program just to share a file? Email attachments often don’t cut it, and you can’t just attach a zip file to a Tweet. Sounds like you need a webapp for file sharing. The good news is, there’s tons of services that let you share files easily today, even without creating an account or paying for a new monthly subscription.

We’ve scoured the net to find the best ways to share files online today. From apps that let you share huge files for a few days to ones that let you store a ton of stuff forever, there’s something here for everyone and likely some you’ve never heard of. Here’s what you need to share files seamlessly.

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There is no denying that Facebook is making social connections and interactions incredibly easy. After reinventing the concept of social networking, Facebook has now become a platform and a global phenomenon paving way for millions of people across the globe to come together. Now that access to the internet is ubiquitous and bandwidth is cheap, video conferencing and chat usage is exponentially on the rise.

The problem with popular standalone video chat and conferencing apps is that you’ll have to have a separate account and you’ll have to invite your friends to come on board in order to engage in a meaningful conversation. However, when it comes to Facebook, where all our friends seems to be online all the time, video chat apps help bring single click access to your social network.

After the jump we have some of the nicest video chat and conferencing apps on the Facebook platform are taken for a spin. Join us.

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Providing great customer service can make all the difference in creating a brand that people trust. In a recent example of great customer service, online shoe retailer Zappos paid out $1.6m to customers for a mistake they made themselves. The move brought both great PR and an reaffirmed sense of loyalty and trust in the Zappos brand from their huge customer base. While we can all hope to avoid such a pricey bit of customer service, it’s important to recognize how vital it is to business. (more…)

If you’re familiar with the social network giant Facebook, you’ll know privacy has been an increasingly hot topic. While it is a top dog in its field, it’s been growing a reputation for taking advantage of users and their privacy. So why don’t people leave? The most common answer I hear is, “What other choice do I have?”

Well, here are five alternatives to Facebook that are worth giving a shot.

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Spam tends to be an occupational hazard of using the internet. Everyday we receive tens or may be hundreds of spam mails, making life online unpleasant. All it takes is one rogue website to sell our email address and we will be in every spammer’s database in no time. Using temporary or disposable emails to sign up or subscribe to newsletters could help a lot in culling spam.

Today we’ll take a look at 16 web apps that provide disposable email addresses to find the best ones in this business. Jump in with me!

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In the 21st century, an online service has the potential to garner hundreds of thousands of hits if it is social networking enabled. Networking is the key. Now after a decade of connecting with real world friends online, people suddenly have the desire to befriend strangers. Let us not get into the argument as to what good can come out of such an idea.

There are quite a few online chat services that help people to connect with random strangers irrespective of their geographic location and we’ve rounded up some of the best.

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Multiplicity. A huge problem when it comes to communication. We all have friends who use either multiple IM accounts or multiple IM services. This problem was tackled by desktop apps that can handle multiple protocols and accounts. But then again, we use multiple computers and mobile devices for work and personal use. Installing these desktop IM apps on a work computer may not be possible thanks to the IT team.

Unlike these desktop IM apps, online instant messengers do not require plugins or installers. Hence these web based IM apps have found a huge user base and some services are handling millions of users.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the most popular online IM apps.

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Google Voice has gotten all the press, but there are a number of services that allow you to forward calls to different phones and transcribe voice mails. Others can even serve as a virtual phone system for small businesses.

Let’s look at a few.

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Everyone is familiar with Wikipedia, a wiki that is collectively created and curated. Well, wikis of various size, color and shape have been around for the past five years or so. There are desktop based wikis (such as VoodooPad for OS X), self hosted wikis and web application wikis.

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