Social Media Tip: The Best Free Software All In One Place

Paul Gillin

by Paul Gillin

With so much free and “freemium” software available out there, it seems a waste to pay for features you don’t need. That’s why whenever I’m looking for a new application, the first place I stop is TechSupportAlert, also called Gizmo’s Freeware.

Started more than a decade ago by a retired Australian IT manager, the site has grown to become the most robust source of information on free software that I’ve ever seen. You can find everything from PC tuneup utilities to alternatives to Microsoft Office here, all for free.

Even better is that founder Ian Richards has enlisted a team of volunteers to organize and test the programs they list. Their hands-on reviews are excellent, and there recommendations will steer you to the best stuff. The site has also recently started cataloging great freeware for iPhone and Android devices.

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Paul Gillin is a writer, speaker and business adviser who specializes in the strategic use of social media. Since 2005, he has written four books and published more than 130 articles about the changes in markets and society being driven by media democratization. His books include , The New Influencers, Secrets of Social Media Marketing and Social Marketing to the Business Customer. Paul writes the monthly New Channels column for BtoB Magazine. He is a research fellow at the Society for New Communications Research and serves on the Procter & Gamble Digital Advisory Board.

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