We just wound up our Innovation Israel tour of Israel’s tech community, and I’m in awe of the Silicon Valley alpha geeks I traveled with during the week. (Here’s our group blog: Travelinggeeks.com.)

Anyone in the media, publishing or tech business should be interested in the software applications and Web 2.0 tools (on the Web and on the desktop) that these folks use on an almost daily basis.

Robert Scoble

Scobleizer

Firefox (web browser)
FriendFeed (social media sharing)

Google Reader
(RSS news reader)
Techmeme (a tech news dynamic link aggregator)
Twitter (social network)

GoogleTalk
(live chat on Windows)

Gmail (email)

WordPress
(blog software)
Flickr (photo sharing)
Skype (communication) 
Facebook
Qik (live video streaming and hosting)
iTunes (music)
TweetScan (Twitter add-on)

Craig Newmark 

Craig from craigslist’s blog

Firefox

SSH (secure shell)
Pine (email client) 
TypePad

Twitter ("curse you, Robert Scoble!")

MovableType
(blog software of Huffington Post and MyBarackObama.com)
SmugMug (photo sharing)
YouTube 
Bloglines (RSS reader)
Skype
iTunes

Click here to see the entire list…

Susan Mernit

Susan Mernit’s blog

FriendFeed
Twitter
Techmeme 
Bloglines
Facebook
Flickr
del.icio.us
Gmail
MovableType 
Pandora (music player and collaborative filtering)

Cathy Brooks
Otherthanthat

MovableType
TypePad
Firefox
Seesmic (record and share short video clips)
Facebook
FriendFeed
Socialthing (digital life/social news feed)
Gmail
Twhirl (a Twitter client)
Adium
Flickr
Skype
Flock
AppleMail
YouTube
GoogleTalk

Deborah Schultz
Deborah Schultz’s blog

Firefox
Twitter
NetNewsWire (RSS news reader)
Seesmic
Adium
Skype
TypePad
Twhirl
Skitsh (save items to your desktop)
Techmeme
Flickr
Facebook
FriendFeed
Viddler & Vimeo (video sharing)
Foxytunes (music)

del.icio.us

Magnolia (social bookmarking)

Dopplr
(social network for travelers)

Sarah Lacy
SarahLacy.com

Firefox
Facebook
TypePad
FriendFeed
Zimbra (web email)

Renee Blodgett
downtheavenue.com

Firefox
NetVibes (RSS news reader)
Facebook
TypePad (blog platform)
Skype
Outlook (email)
ClearContext (an Outlook add-in that manages information)

Yahoo Messenger (instant messaging)

YouTube

JD Lasica
socialmedia.biz

Firefox

Twitter
Google Reader
Facebook
TypePad (blog platform), but switching to WordPress
Gmail
Google Talk
Flickr
del.icio.us
Skype
Ourmedia (video sharing and media publishing)
Veoh

SpinXpress (private file sharing)

ImageWell (image capture and resizing/cropping tool)

iTunes

Activewords
(PC-only productivity tool)

Snapz Pro
(Mac-only screen and video capture)

Flock

Dopplr
LastFM

iChat

Will now start:

FriendFeed

Foxytunes

Seesmic
Magnolia

Pretty informative list of tools that help you publish, share, communicate and become more productive. Want to add your own favorite software applications? List them in the comments above.