Posts by Category: Cool Web Apps & Sites

Cool web services and sites we really like.

Bookmark This! November 1, 2007 posted by

TipaTipa – get paid for helping others find a good deal

TipaTipa is a cool new discount finder community service with a twist. Instead of just supplying product reviews as with places like Ciao, DooYoo or Epinions, in this model the community works for each other for cash. You know where there’s a good bargain TV to be found? Tell someone who’s looking and they will probably give you a small payment as a thank you. It combines the wisdom of the crowds with the mercenary-ness of the urban jungle to…


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Bookmark This! October 31, 2007 posted by

Yourstreet – your online community notice board

Yourstreet comes with a deliciously elegant interface and a small but perfectly formed set of features focussed around 3rd party news, chat and a nice Google map mashup, all designed to encourage your local community to connect up online. Of course sites like this need a goodly amount of user interest before they become genuinely useful, but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t serve as a great local community notice board once enough people start using it in earnest. And it’s obvious…


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Awesome October 30, 2007 posted by

Musicshake – more music fun than a tub full of honey with sugar sprinkles

MusicShake is being marketed as ‘the easiest way to make music in the world’  and they’ve got a point. What they should also say is that it’s as addictive as…well the most addictive thing on your list of addictive things. There’s lots of music making sites and programs out there, and on the face of it this one is no different. You create tunes by arranging blocks of instrument and vocal samples on a timeline. So far so normal. What…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites October 22, 2007 posted by

Boo.com is back – as a Web Too company? Oh how we laugh….

Boo.com is back!! Yes it’s back, honestly, and we nearly fell of our chair laughing to see the new incarnation all shiny bright as a full on, Web 2.0, glitzy social networking, travel service. Priceless stuff, this. You couldn’t pay for a better show. Wow! Next week, The Spot returns as a Wiki. Hahahaha!  In launching boo.com we’ve tried to create an experience taking what was once a tedious process involving multiple sites and deliver it under a single offering….


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Cool Web Apps & Sites October 17, 2007 posted by

Fuser – manage your email and social networks from a single web screen

Fuser dot com. A new service which lets you read and manage your email and social networking communications from one place. The idea is that instead of hopping around from Facebook, to MySpace to your web inbox and POP3 client, you just log into Fuser and read everything there. Cute idea and nicely presented. I can see this being really quite useful when you’re on the road and need to keep up with stuff without lots of log on hassles…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites October 15, 2007 posted by

ZiiTrend – predict the future with friends, aka polls on steroids

ZiiTrend. A kind of social network for wannabe futurologists? The idea is that you get together with others and stick your finger in the air to predict what will happen tomorrow, next month, next year or in the next decade and beyond. On first glance it’s easy to write it off as a huh?, but it’s actually quite well designed, and once the numbers start to rise it might well be useful as a statistically significant – albeit screwed by web/tech bias –…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites October 5, 2007 posted by

Disposable Web Page – build it, play with it, watch it disappear

Disposable Web Page dot com is a wiki disguised to look like something else. That doesn’t take away from its novelty factor though. Set up a Web site, allocate a period of time from 1 day up to 90 days duration, after which the site is vaporised. Well heck, we’ve got disposable emails, why not web sites? It’s supposed to be useful for projects, special occasion planning, personal challenges, team events etc etc. You also get a private key which you can…


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Bookmark This! October 1, 2007 posted by

Fluther – ask a question, get an answer

Fluther is a free ‘question answer’ service. What makes it different is the straight up, no nonsense interface and the fact that it features instant chat to discuss answers. Whether these answers are any use is another matter entirely of course, which means that it has some way to go before it beats the venerable and much loved Ask Metafilter.   Imagine having five Uncle Franks to answer your car questions, eight Aunt Marthas to ask about astronomy and six…


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Bookmark This! September 25, 2007 posted by

Longjump – DIY business applications for small and medium sized companies

I’ve been playing with the new Longjump business application service over the past couple of days and I like it. Think Ning meets Salesforce meets DabbleDB. What makes it stand out for me is the fact that you can easily work out how to get the system up and running in a matter of moments, since all the heavy lifting database work is hidden behind a very user friendly interface. With a potentially powerful application like this, it’s important not to…


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cool tech September 21, 2007 posted by

Veodia – the live TV studio in your browser

Veodia is a new video broadcast service which is a direct competitor to Neokast in that it lets you stream live videocasts from your PC webcam or a DV camera. Unlike Neokast, however, this product supports Firefox out of the box, which is a very good thing. It also streams to 3G mobile phones, AppleTV and Video iPods as well as PCs running Quicktime 7.0. The interface is simple but very usable, and it’s easy to get up and running with…


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Bookmark This! September 20, 2007 posted by

CSS Menu Maker – superb new free menu designer

CSS Menu Maker is a fabulous new web design tool which lets you create navigation menus for your web site in 3 fast steps. Choose the style you want to use – lots of cool Web 2.0 type designs available already – customise it with your own labels and tabs etc, then download the HTML and CSS code. Voila, done. Make a cup of tea. Profit! Oh and you can win an iPhone for designing a cool menu too. Lovely lovely….


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Bookmark This! September 19, 2007 posted by

Loudtalks – web based instant voice chat

Loudtalks. A free VoIP walkie-talkie service. Hmm…this is an intriguing idea. Is there a market for an instant voice chat IM service? Is standard text based IM too slow for some uses? The idea is that you hit a hotkey (e.g. F7) and voice chat away to your buddy or buddies. No dial up, no wait. Just like a walkie-talkie except you’re using your computer. There’s a mobile phone version coming soon apparently, which could be very cool indeed. For some reason…


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Bookmark This! September 14, 2007 posted by

Open Source Food – Web 2.0 recipes done to perfection

Open Source Food is a simply delicious recipe and foodie site. If anyone asks you what Web 2.0 is about, point them here immediately. It’s not about style, although that has a lot to do with it (and this site oozes style from every succulent pore). Nor is it about content alone, although it’s hugely important. And no, Web 2.0 is not just about the social folksonomy either (whatever *that* means). What makes this site, and the few others like…


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Bookmark This! September 13, 2007 posted by

Paspic – passport photos get an online photobooth

Paspic.com is a new US and UK passport photo service which guarantees to supply totally compliant photos for your passport application or your money back. In the UK they also feed you through to the official online application form to speed up your passport request, which is pretty neat. You can also use it for visa shots, drivers licenses and ID cards. From £3.50 per set of photos.  Paspic.com is the online solution for all passport size photographs, just like a regular…


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cool tech September 12, 2007 posted by

Phonevite – quick and easy voice broadcasts via your phone

Phonevite. ‘Broadcast your voice’. VoIP meets Web 2.0 meets megaphone. Use it to broadcast announcements, invitations, reminders and other stuff to lots of people via the telephone. The whole thing centres around a slick administration panel on the Web site, through which you organise your address and groups list, as well as view responses to your broadcast etc. Record your message – using either your phone or a special IE browser recording plugin – and then either schedule it for a…


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