Have I boasted about my amazingly talented Sunlight Foundation colleagues lately? No? Then let me point out the tools that "the other Scott" -- Scott Stadum, Sunlight's User Engagement Analyst -- has used and pointed out in the pursuit of his work.
He's written about them in a series called Transparency Tools, though my readers from other fields will find uses for them -- particularly when trying to make the most (or make sense) of the new media resources now available. That is, both as a publisher and a consumer. (In my love-hate relationship with Google, Scott helped me find new love for their Currents app.)