Posts by Category: Cool Web Apps & Sites

Cool web services and sites we really like.

Bookmark This! January 23, 2008 posted by

Stickk – achieve your goals by agreeing to a commitment contract

Stickk is a free online service that is designed to help you achieve those nagging goals that always fall by the wayside once life intervenes. You know the sort, stop smoking, lose weight, marry Brad Pitt. The idea is you set up the goal and then commit to it through a signed contract with the site. To make it even more binding, you can add a financial element to the contract, which goes to a nominated person or charity via Paypal if…


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Bookmark This! January 23, 2008 posted by

Dewey Name Card Designer – create your own business cards online

Dewey Name Card Designer is a cool tool for creating business and name cards for private or commercial use. It’s a snap to use, just drag and drop elements using the Flash interface and throw in some text and you’re done. The service comes with some free logos and layout templates, or you can upload your own stuff if you prefer. When finished you download the finished JPG artwork to your hard disk for use on a website, in email or…


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Bookmark This! January 21, 2008 posted by

Hashrocket – your web application developed in 3 days

As a timely follow up to my Groupzz search engine post last week, here’s news of a new development house called Hashrocket which is promising to deliver a full blown Ruby on Rails web application in 3 days flat. It’s fixed bid pricing at around $30,000 to $60,000 but again it goes to show that traditional barriers to entry are all but gone in the web world nowadays, whether it’s at the $99.00 level or higher. It’s a great time to…


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Bookmark This! January 18, 2008 posted by

The $99, 4 hour search engine – or why zero barriers to entry mean your web app will probably fail faster than you can blink

Groupzz. The meta music search engine. OK, so here’s the thing. There’s too much stuff out there, and it’s getting worse. More web apps, social networking, community drivel, tagging, blah… So it gets me thinking. How hard is it to make a simple web application today? Really? Step 1 – Spend half an hour searching, locate a $99.00 script on Sitepoint (there’s probably free around, but I’m in a hurry see?) Step 2 –  Spend a couple of hours creating and tweaking a simple logo…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites January 15, 2008 posted by

Collablog – start your own blogging community for free

Collablog. Got some spare web server space lying around? Fancy yourself as a bit of a blog network mogul? Or a mega-blog community owner? Then download either version of this freeware package and give it a go. From the sparcity of the site it looks like early days, but the two packages seem fully equipped with everything you need to set up a new Metafilter or TypePad type service. Free for non-commercial use, but there are no terms for commercial use…


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Awesome January 14, 2008 posted by

CoveritLive – superb service lets you blog live from anywhere with a net connection and browser

CoveritLive. Ever wanted to do a live blog of an event but didn’t know how? Well now you can with this brilliant new service from Canada. Just sign up for a free account and you will instantly have the power to blog about any event anywhere, anytime as long as you have a net connection and a web browser to hand. You’ll need to cart a laptop around with you of course. I did try it out on a Nokia…


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Bookmark This! January 10, 2008 posted by

ClayValet – personal online shopping service delivered by…gasp… real people

ClayValet is a bit of an anomaly in this digital mechanised age. A real human shopping service. You register and post your request, they find a human to search for the product you want. They send you an email with the suggestion, complete with relevant reviews and alternative pricing. It’s got a nice feel to it, especially for gift buying, but we’re wondering where they’ll go with this as it scales? How do they make money for instance? Ah well,…


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Bookmark This! January 3, 2008 posted by

Free Music Zilla – free music downloads from social music sites like Imeem and Last.fm

Free Music Zilla is a neat new free music download tool which lets you grab tracks to your hard disk from social music sites like Pandora, Last.fm, Imeem and MySpace. Suddenly music sharing becomes all trendy wendy again. Download and install the software, then fire it up, surf to the music site of your choice and the program will automagically download the tracks you listen to (max of 10 tracks a day for this free version). The file saves in a Flash…


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Bookmark This! December 31, 2007 posted by

Rondee – free phone conferencing done with much coolness

Rondee is a very cool new telephone conferencing service which offers a super simple interface and instant conference calls between multiple users. There’s a nice slick scheduling feature which automatically emails the attendees with conference timings, as well as a simple user ID system. It’s unfortunately US only at the moment, but still a great example of the genre.    Rondee was started because existing teleconferencing systems either charge high fees or aren’t easy to use # Besides being free, Rondee…


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Bookmark This! December 20, 2007 posted by

Summize – delivering public opinion on products for shoppers

Summize is an interesting new site which trawls the web sucking up reviews, opinions and reports on products which are then delivered as a simple set of icons and gradings. The aim is to remove the chore of hunting for product reviews and give a fast snapshot of public opinion on a product or service. The summaries are based on a simple colour coded chart icon which shows at a glance how users rated a product on sites like Amazon,…


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Bookmark This! December 14, 2007 posted by

Track the Pack – track all your parcels from one place

Track the Pack. Now you can track the progress of your parcel shipments from one single online location. All wrapped up in lovely, swish Web 2.0 juice and minimalism. The site, not your parcel. D’oh!  TrackThePack is way for you to not only keep a handy list of the various tracking numbers you may have, but also is a lovely way for you to actually track all of your packages in one place! Yep, TrackThePack ties in directly with your…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites December 12, 2007 posted by

Qik – stream videos direct from your mobile phone to the web

Qik. Fascinating new service which lets you stream video directly from your mobile phone to the Web. You download a small software applet onto your handset and from then on you’re a one-person, roaming live camcorder, and better still all streams are recorded to your own personal archive on the site. Neat concept and an inevitable result of the improvement in mobile data bandwidth. Currently very much in private beta, and only supports a small set of Nokia phones. Oh and…


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Bizarre December 12, 2007 posted by

Sleep FM – the first social network powered alarm clock

Sleep FM. A new beta service which offers a twist on the old online alarm clock theme. Instead of relying on a basic alarm, you can set the service so that your friends and family can wake you up every morning with a custom voice or music audio track. You leave the computer on over night and the next morning you’re woken up by the sound of your daughter saying ‘Daddy I love you…’ or your best mates screaming obscenities from the speaker. It sounds a…


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Bookmark This! December 7, 2007 posted by

World TV – superb idea brings together video content and user creativity

World TV. Register and you can set up your own television channel, comprised of whatever video clips you want from around the web’s main video sites like YouTube, Metacafe, iFilm, AOL and the like. I have to say I love the idea and the implementation. The concept of pulling in videos onto your own space (you get a simple channel URL as part of the sign up) and wrapping it all in a super friendly skin is great. Sure it’s not revolutionary,…


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