Posts by Category: Cool Web Apps & Sites

Cool web services and sites we really like.

Bookmark This! February 17, 2009 posted by

TinyChat – cool ultra fast chat room maker

TinyChat. Click to create. Distribute room address. Start chatting. Cool. /tiny review  TinyChat is a free service that allows you to create a free chat room that is accessible by anyone with a browser. Simply create a chatroom from the homepage then send the link it gives to you to anyone you want to chat with. After you leave the chat room, all the chat data is gone, so its perfect for secure chats. Why would you use this? Its…


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Bookmark This! February 11, 2009 posted by

Pledgie – helping you to help others

Pledgie is a fundraising service which gives you all the tools you need to solicit funds from strangers. And friends. Sign up is free and setting up a campaign is easy. Give it a title, description and timeframe, throw in your Paypal address and currency of choice and launch. That’s it. You get a nice little running total badge which you can place on the front page of your blog or website to encourage donations, and if you’re feeling in…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites February 5, 2009 posted by

snitch.name – social networking white pages

snitch.name is one of the reasons I’ve become a little uneasy about the current obsession with social networks. The tool offers a very basic service, just enter in a name and it will find all the social networks where that person is a member. Sounds cool, but in the wrong hands…? Anyway I guess it’s a pretty useful thing if you’re one of those who can’t remember which of the 20 communities you’ve signed up to, or to find lost friends maybe, so I won’t be curmudgeonly….


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Bookmark This! February 3, 2009 posted by

The Freesound Project – neat database of Creative Commons sounds

The Freesound Project is a cool initiative by the Music Technology Group to create a huge library of free to use sounds and effects which have been created by the community. The idea is to produce a powerful go-to resource for anyone who needs to use a particular type of sound in their project. The sounds can be tagged, and there’s a useful voting system as well, so the better sounds are pushed up the rankings. A great idea and…


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Bookmark This! January 30, 2009 posted by

The dangers of social networking – Mr Calacanis’ very thoughtful post

Jason Calacanis has penned what I think is one of the most thoughtful and insightful posts on the current obsession with social networking and web relationships that I’ve read to date. If you are at all interested in the future of this small ‘chosm -which is what it is of course, very small in real terms – we call the Web, then I strongly suggest you read it. I won’t go on about it, but it’s a sobering viewpoint that we…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites January 29, 2009 posted by

Snackr – digest your bloated RSS feed one item at a time

Snackr is a slightly different take on RSS feed readers. Most people who use RSS probably a slightly overflowing feed, mine still hasn’t recovered from the holidays. Snackr takes your feed and displays it along your desktop, one item at a time. You can either add feeds individually or import your whole lot via an OPML file exported from your current RSS reader. Once you have set up your feeds you can move it around to dock anywhere on your…


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Bookmark This! January 29, 2009 posted by

Dynastree – your cute online family tree

Dynastree is a free online family tree maker. OK, so maybe we’re suckers for a hoppy poppy name and some cute little graphics representing relatives. Stranger still, this is apparently a European born clone site of Geni.com (which we love and have reported on before) which makes the whole thing kind of incestuous. OK so we’re reaching for the metaphor, but you get what we mean. Where it blows Geni away is in the range of countries supported (11) and languages…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites January 28, 2009 posted by

The Red Ferret Product of the Year 2008 – Software – Artisteer

Last year was the year of the CMS. By that I mean, it was the year WordPress came out of its shell and proved to the world that it could become as much of a mainstay of the Web as say, Paypal or Google. It’s for this reason that we’ve awarded Artisteer the software product of the year. This program, which lets you instantly create great looking CMS site themes, is not freeware, but the utility of the program is such…


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Awesome January 26, 2009 posted by

OpenStreetMap – open source mapping for all

OpenStreetMap is a fabulously ambitious project to map the world and provide it for free to everyone under Creative Commons and open source licences. This is especially important when you remember that sources like Google and Nokia maps are proprietary and have restrictive licenses which prevent unlimited use.   The astonishing thing is just how far they’ve got, from a cursory glance it looks as though most of the major parts of the world are already covered, and from the…


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Awesome January 23, 2009 posted by

Posterous – ridiculously easy way to publish your own blog

Posterous must be the easiest blogging tool in the known universe and beyond. No sign up, just send an email to [email protected] and the system automatically sets up a free blog for you, drops your content (including photo or other attachments) into a post and fires off a reply to tell you what your new blog URL is. I mean guys, it just doesn’t get any easier than that, right? Not only that, but the service will also automatically repost…


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Bookmark This! January 16, 2009 posted by

Lolligift – collaborative gift giving done nicely

Lolligift is one of those ‘why didn’t I think of that’ services which takes the pain out of one simple task – in this case collective gift giving – in a clever and easy to use way. The idea is you set up a gift ‘event’ (say for a colleague who’s leaving the company or a birthday etc), enter in the details of the recipient, dates, proposed gift etc, and the service then does all the collaborative stuff like emailing…


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Bookmark This! January 12, 2009 posted by

Brownbook – the free search directory that anyone can edit

Brownbook is a clever new local business search directory which combines wiki-like free-for-all editing with a  bunch of useful features like community ratings and reviews. It’s artfully Web 2.0 as well, with lots of clever stuff like tags, Google mashed maps and even a Twitter This button. Gosh. The two main features which make it stand out though, are the Wiki page editing functionality, which means anyone can add, annotate or change a listing, and the fact that contributors can actually earn money…


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Bookmark This! December 26, 2008 posted by

OVGuide – the ultimate online video and television portal

OVGuide is a comprehensive link portal to just about every mainstream video and online television site on the Interwebs. If you can’t find your favourite show here, it’s probably not online. Yet. Of course in most cases your televisual experience will be..how can we say this…less than optimal in terms of audio and image quality, but it’s a start.  OVGuide.com is the Internet’s most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to online video, including TV shows, movies, user-generated content and video games….


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Bookmark This! December 23, 2008 posted by

Birdie – world’s first offline Twitter client with search?

My pal Fahim has just launched a new Twitter client with a twist. Birdie – oh ha ha dude – comes with a nifty interface, some optional and marginally annoying sound effects when Tweets arrive (you guessed it) and the ability to save all incoming stuff in a local database on your computer for offline perusal and manipulation. Now why would you need that, you ask? Well I can think of a lot of reasons why it might be cool to access…


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