Top 20 Tools 2007-2011

As you will know I finalised the 5th Annual survey of  Top 100 Tools for Learning in the middle of November 2011, and at that time placed the presentation on Slideshare. I’ve just noticed that in the subsequent two months it has been viewed over 200,000 times!

You will also know, Twitter topped the list again for the 3rd year running, although in 2008 it was only ranked 11th and in 2007 it was 43rd on the list.

This made me wonder what the best performing tools were over the last 5 years. Would Twitter top the list again?

So I did some calculations and here’s the list of the top 20 tools over the last  5 years (showing their rankings in 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 and 2007).

As you can see Twitter didn’t top the list this time – it was Skype! Twitter comes in at 9th place.

  1. Skype – instant messaging/VoIP tool  |  4 | 6 |  11= | 4 | 3=
  2. WordPress – blogging tool  | 5 | 8 | 6 | 5 | 6=
  3. Google Docs – collaboration suite (incl Google Forms) | 3 |  3 | 5 | 7 | 14
  4. Delicious – social bookmarking tool  | 24 | 4 | 2 | 1 | 2
  5. Google Reader – RSS reader   | 16 | 7 | 4 | 3 | 7
  6. Google Search – search engine  | 15 | 11 | 8 | 6 | 3
  7. YouTube – video-sharing tool | 2 | 2 |  3 | 18 | 22=
  8. Moodle – course management system  |  10 | 14= | 9 | 12=
  9. Twitter – micro-sharing site   |  1 | 1 |  1 | 11 | 43=
  10. Blogger/Blogspot – blogging tool  | 12 | 14 | 14= | 10 | 9
  11. PowerPoint – presentation software  | 19 | 21 | 13 | 8 | 5
  12. Slideshare – presentation sharing site  | 9 | 5 | 7 | 20 | 31
  13. Wikipedia – collaborative encyclopaedia  | 11 | 16 | 17 | 13 | 26=
  14. Audacity  – sound editor/recorder  | 29 | 24 | 9= | 12 | 11
  15. Gmail – web-based email service   | 20 | 31 | 21 | 14 | 7=
  16. Facebook – social network   | 14 | 9 | 31= |  24 | 17=
  17. Wikispaces – wiki tool  | 23 | 17 | 29 | 19 | 15
  18. flickr – photo sharing site   |  36 | 20 | 18 | 15 | 16
  19. Firefox – web browser | – | 29 | 9 | 2 | 1
  20. Ning – private social networking plat form  | 57 | 31 | 11= | 16 | 31=

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