Posts by Category: Cool Web Apps & Sites

Cool web services and sites we really like.

Bookmark This! May 15, 2008 posted by

iTalki – chat room language learning

iTalki is a language learning social network which comes with all the Web 2.0 sauce you’d expect to find this side of 2007. There are groups, a wiki, a place to share files and at the core of the system is a sophisticated search engine to help you find the best partner to help you learn the language of your dreams. Once you’ve located a suitable ‘study buddy’ (oy!) you can set up a Facebook like relationship with them and…


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Bookmark This! May 13, 2008 posted by

Frevvo Live Forms – a super easy way to create sophisticated online forms

Frevvo Live Forms. The Frevvo folk sent me through a note about their new online form creation product and having taken a look I’m impressed. The hosted and downloadable software service goes way beyond Wufoo in terms of power and flexibility and the overall feel of the application is very slick and polished. The interface is clean and the functionality it very cool. You can create all sorts of different levels of forms, with image, video or text fields, radio…


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Bookmark This! May 8, 2008 posted by

WordHustler – the automated online personal assistant for writers

WordHustler is a really interesting new online application created by a couple of writers for writers. The idea is that writing is hard enough, without all the hassle of having to deal with markets and submissions, so they’re trying to take all that stuff away. The normal process of submitting your prose usually revolves around lots of photocopying, stamp licking and market research, which WordHustler claims to do for you. So all you have to do is focus on writing that…


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Bookmark This! May 5, 2008 posted by

SuggestionBox – new online service takes customer feedback to a new level

SuggestionBox is a new online service which takes the simple idea of customer feedback and adds some zing to make it sparkle a bit. Anyone can set up a suggestion box, and people can then leave their suggestions and comment on other suggestions. The cool thing is that companies can then respond to the suggestions and thereby start up a dialogue with their customers, which sounds good to us. It’s actually not a million miles away from the communication backbone of…


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Bookmark This! May 2, 2008 posted by

SpotMixer – make your own video ads for free

SpotMixer is a new DIY video advertising service. Select a template, add images, video, music and voiceover, add your contact info and sign-off and save it for YouTube, Adwords or as an MP4 to use anywhere on the web you choose. Creating the ad is free, but you pay for distribution at prices starting at $79.00 for a month. It’s an interesting way to enfranchise small business advertising, although we do wonder whether you’d be better served just using something…


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Cool Web Apps & Sites May 1, 2008 posted by

The Ferret is now Twitter plated – we succumb to hype in the name of research and goodwill

After watching in astonishment the unprecedented amount of hype accorded to Twitter – gee guys it’s just a fancy form of broadcast SMS ain’t it? – we’ve succumbed and signed up for a Red Ferret service. Here’s the link to subscribe to our Tweets (yuck!) so knock yourself out (there’s also a permanent link on the top right sidebar). Sometimes it’s hard to be a muppet y’know. Sigh! Tags: twitter, web+2.0, hype


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Bookmark This! April 30, 2008 posted by

iPoki – new GPS based social network is a voyeur’s delight

iPoki is either a work of genius or a disaster waiting to happen. Basically a community of GPS enabled people who’re willing to have their tracks monitored publicly is really quite…ah…interesting. The 7000 users currently seem to be enjoying it though, but apart from all the obvious stuff about stalking and the like, just what is valuable about letting the world watch you progress down the nearest commute route, complete with Twitters and gaily coloured markers? Beats us. It’s a…


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Bookmark This! April 29, 2008 posted by

Presdo – cool new online meeting arranger

Presdo is a cute new service that provides a super simple and fast way of arranging a meeting or event with your buddies. Just enter in the desired event in natural English (e.g. dinner with Arnie, Brad, Bruce and Jack next Saturday) and the system will translate the date, and ask you to add email addresses of the proposed attendees to start the process rolling. The invites are then sent out with a suggested time and after that it’s a matter…


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Bookmark This! April 28, 2008 posted by

Dipity – create an interactive timeline for anything

Dipity gets our prize of the week for the funnest product name, and maybe even the most interesting application. Creating a timeline is not something that probably crops up in your mind every day, but with this tool, when it next does you’ll know what to do. Just roll up your sleeves and get to it. You can create personal timelines using your social network feeds like Facebook or Twitter, or start from scratch and manually add a slew of events…


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Bookmark This! April 23, 2008 posted by

Snoop – receive alerts when something happens on your web site

Snoop looks like a clever bit of tech which streams alerts to your desktop when anything occurs on your website. Unlike the basic alert systems like Hyperspin et al, which are there to tell you when your site goes down, this service can be set up to deliver notifications for just about anything, including a sale on your site, when someone comments, a forum post etc etc. I can see it being very useful, but I do wonder how it will fare with high traffic sites. Definitely worth…


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Bookmark This! April 7, 2008 posted by

Utterz – simultaneously post video, audio, text and images to multiple social sites

Utterz is a new service (beta) which lets you distribute your news and views in a variety of different media formats across all the major social networking and blog platforms. What’s more it’s totally integrated with the mobile phone network, so you can send stuff from your phone as well as post directly from the site. The reason I like it is the ease of set up. There’s not a lot of configuring to do, just set up an account,…


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Awesome April 2, 2008 posted by

Drop.io – awesome new online share engine adds speed privacy and innovation to file sharing

Drop.io. On the face of it, this new service looks like just another file sharing service, but don’t be fooled, peeps. Under the hood, the developers have thrown together a bunch of very cool tools which make this a very cool application indeed and way way beyond just file sharing.  For starters it’s instant to use, if you just want to share a file fast with someone without sending it via email or FTP. Just give the share (aka a drop)…


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Bookmark This! March 28, 2008 posted by

Buddyfetch – the search engine for friends

Buddyfetch. Interesting new search engine which trawls social networking, IM and community sites to locate people who share the same tastes as you do. The idea is you can find friends from amongst the zillions of community users by entering your favourite hobbies and suchlike and the system will match you up instantly. The site covers just about every community out there, from the obvious ones like Facebook and Bebo to more obscure offerings such as Blurty and Vox. It even covers Skype, Youtube and Stumbleupon, which is what I call…


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Bookmark This! March 26, 2008 posted by

ShiftEdit – live blogging done minimalist

ShiftEdit. This new live blogging service is a complete contrast to the lush and fully featured CoveritLive. Where CiL is high eye candy geared, this service relies on fast bare bones delivery. Sign up, click on Start New Live Event and you’re…well live. Once you’re up and running it’s just a matter of entering in your text, URLs or video links and you’re live blogging to the world. No muss, no fuss. You get an invite code to send to others…


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Awesome March 21, 2008 posted by

Slicethepie – or how to bind the fan and artist ever closer together and make money

Slicethepie. I’ve been banging on about Sellaband for a while now, but I’ve got to say that this effort knocks it out of the park. Again it’s a new style artist label community play, but with some lovely features and significant differences to the Sellaband model. For a start, this bunch don’t take away the artists publishing or copyright (Sellaband take away the publishing rights on every track they help produce). It’s a smallish point, but important. Secondly, the interaction and…


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