Posts by Category: Cool Web Apps & Sites

Cool web services and sites we really like.

Awesome March 13, 2008 posted by

Google Ad Manager – 600 pound gorilla stretches, yawns, advertising forest quakes in terror

Google Ad Manager. Hot on the heels of the Doubleclick acquisition announcement, we get news that Google is testing their new display advertising engine for delivering direct client ads on your website. That’s incredible news and it’s astounding that they’ve moved so fast to re-package the Doubleclick tech. If Google can do for display ads what they did for text ads with Adsense/Adwords, then it could revolutionise the World Wide Web. Really! Why? It integrates completely with Adsense. If you don’t have any banner ads…


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Bookmark This! March 11, 2008 posted by

Twing – superb forum search tool looks great and works great too

Twing is a new forum and community search engine which comes in a nice Web 2.0 wrapping and with some interesting features which make it stand out from the rest. There’s a few of these things out there that we’ve reported on before, like Omgili and Boardtracker, but this one now becomes the engine to beat for a number of reasons. For starters the user interface is great. The front page is clean and features just enough info to keep you interested…


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Bookmark This! February 28, 2008 posted by

Fundability – helping startups find investors and investors find startups

Fundability. New marketplace aims to help investors and startups find each other for mutually beneficial relationships based around cash. And options. Super slick interface, very cool feature set and a solid business model (startups pay $49.99 a month for their listings) mean that this one should run and run (if a nasty little recession doesn’t get in the way that is). Exactly the type of online community service that adds credibility to the whole sector.  We created Fundability as a marketplace where entrepreneurs…


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Bookmark This! February 21, 2008 posted by

Aviary – beautifully ambitious online creative suite promises much…

Aviary is a beautifully designed and very ambitious online suite of creative applications covering everything from image editing to desktop publishing. It comes from the Worth1000 people (who do those fabulous Photoshop contests) so the pedigree is very cool. I say ambitious because the suite includes apps like video editors, wordprocessing and even a font editor, so it’s likely that this is going to take time to build out. The first application is Phoenix, the image editor, which although still a…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites February 21, 2008 posted by

eBuzzing – new pay to blog service. like. recommend. earn? Hmm…

eBuzzing. Hmm…well it’s a new version of an old concept. Advertisers pay bloggers to recommend products. PayPerPost redux? Just for the record I think this stuff is not a valuable addition to the blogging community. Yes bloggers take advertising, yes we respond to valuable PR, yes we can be commercial/pro operations and don’t necessarily have to be totally amateur status to retain credibility (although I do think that those blogs which have avoided any adverts or commercial sponsorship like Bifurcated Rivets, Presurfer, RobotWisdom2 and…


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Bookmark This! February 18, 2008 posted by

Wakerupper – cool online telephone reminder tool

Wakerupper. Today’s the day for daft names, but the application certainly looks interesting enough. Register and sign in and you can set up alarm calls to be sent to your phone via SMS whenever you want. It’s beta, US only from the looks of it and features other cool functionality like recurring calls and voice reminders as well as text. Do you think this has more use than a simple alarm function on your mobile phone? Answers on a ringtone…


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Bookmark This! February 15, 2008 posted by

PlotBot – cool free online collaborative screenwriting application

PlotBot. Fancy yourself as a bit of a screenwriter, do you? Have some friends who think they also could do better than the professionals? Well here’s your chance. This interesting little application uses a combination of wiki style editing, an Ajaxified interface and clever code to provide a cool screenwriting environment for individuals or teams to create amazing works of art. Or Rocky XX, whichever comes first. The interface is very simple to use, and the application sticks to all the formatting conventions, so you can be…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites February 14, 2008 posted by

Video Job Shop – video resumes and job offers wander online, hmm…

VideoJobShop. Video resumes and job offers online. Hmm…not sure what to say about this. Is video the best way to advertise for jobs or try and get one? Not sure. Most of the job offer footage is basic stock stuff from company promos, and the video resumes seem to be rather…um…awkward. For a fun few minutes though, check out the spokesperson resume videos from the Arts and Media section. This video in particular deserves to get some star treatment on YouTube. Hoot! [Thanks Alan]….


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Bookmark This! February 12, 2008 posted by

PrefPass – universal login system for website owners

PrefPass is a new service which lets website owners embed a universal login widget on their site. This gives your visitors the chance to log in using their preferred ID service (like Yahoo!, OpenID or Facebook). It’s a nice idea, but I have to say that the set up is overly long and complex. They’d do themselves a big favour by trying to simplify matters a lot. Nevertheless it’s one to watch!  PrefPass is the solution to Web 2.0 login proliferation….


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Cool Web Apps & Sites February 7, 2008 posted by

Ript – online scrapbook makes it easy but hard to gather information

Ript. Not quite getting this, but apparently it’s a new way to “organise your thoughts, tasks, inspirations, ambitions and so much more”. I tend to cringe a little when I hear the word organise linked with Web 2.0 nowadays, there’s just so much organising a single person can do with one web browser, see? Anyhoo, it’s a software download rather than a pure online play, which makes it slightly different. I guess…  Part scrapbook, part “to-do” list (or to-buy list),…


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Bookmark This! February 6, 2008 posted by

Moonk – convert your media to Flash for sharing and playing

Moonk. New service converts and embeds various media types in a spangley fresh Flash player skin which you can embed on a website or blog. You can create video shows, photo slideshows and music jukeboxes. Looks very pretty although it wouldn’t accept my .mov video file as a valid URL, but apart from that seems OK. Shame it won’t accept YouTube video either, but maybe that’s not a useful feature. You get 500 MB of storage for your stuff, which…


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Bookmark This! February 4, 2008 posted by

40 Free Downloadable Open Source Social Web Applications – short cut your new web empire

40 Free Downloadable Open Source Social Web Applications. So you want to step up and mix it with the Facebooks, Diggs, Friendsters et al, eh? Well here’s your chance. A whole bunch of free open source web applications focused around social, community, Web 2.0 type functionality. Although there’s no guarantees on the speed of development and fixes on this stuff, it’s a good way to check out what’s available and maybe even add to the pool of goodness by contributing…


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Bookmark This! January 30, 2008 posted by

Roxer web site creator – fast, simple and very cool web design tool

Roxer is cool. Very cool. Yes it’s just a web site creator, but my how far we’ve come since the drudgy days of Geocities peeps. The whole thing takes minimalism to a new dimension. Want to edit your page? Click the padlock bottom left, and drag and drop your elements around the page instantly. No mess, no fuss. Text, menu items, images, makes no difference. The control panel for all this editing loveliness is a tiny bar, again bottom left…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites January 30, 2008 posted by

Hands on with the Qtrax music service – or rather hands off…

Well, this probably has to rank as one of the most disastrous tech launches of recent times, possibly even rivalling the infamous boo.com fiasco of Boom 1.0. Qtrax, the much hyped ‘free and legal music download’ service, finally sent out beta download invitations yesterday, and we were as keen as mustard to get a look at this important new tech in action. So naturally we rushed off and patiently downloaded the beta software and installed the rejigged Songbird music client….


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Cool Web Apps & Sites January 29, 2008 posted by

Free television shows – wanna shift your viewing from the couch to the Aeron?

See I’m beginning to understand what you want. And what you want is to watch your fave TV programs on the laptop when you’re away from the den/couch/living room or any other traditional viewing position. So here you go, a small rash of online television services for you to experiment with. TV Duck. Well what can you say? A bunch of links to popular and less well known television shows collated from around the net. Playback performance is predictably patchy, but you may be…


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