New Media Picks Of The Week: Sharewood Picnic 47
New media, Web 2.0, online applications, web-based services, mobile applications and online collaboration tools are all part of this new basket full of gems I have prepared for you for another great technology-rich Sharewood Picnic.
The Sharewood Picnic is my weekly collection of the best, most interesting new media tools, resources and pointers I have run into during my daily research and online explorations. These are new media tools and technologies that can help independent publishers, online authors, webmasters and communication officers to publish, share, promote, market, network and discover further relevant resources and other like-minded individuals around the world.
Photo credit: Marilyn Barbone
And here is what I have collected for you this week:
- Capture, share, store digital images and more via yor mobile
- Email delivery and distribution service for bloggers
- Blog post republishing on any web page
- Online file storage service starts with 5GB free
- Online music store allows CD exhange at $1
- Group shared calendar social networking service
- Video clips aggregator complements Revver
- Feed status tracker keeps you updated across multiple computers
- Spam filter for RSS allows cleansing RSS feeds from unwanted content
- Web-based chat for people visting the same web page
- Blog search engine reads tags too
- Price comparison online shopping support service
- Search- and keyword based advertising program for music audiences
Clicktoscan allows individuals with camera phones or digital cameras to capture, share and store information that is important, wherever they are. Images taken with the camera are simply sent by MMS or email or uploaded in the Clicktoscan server, processed and stored. Clicktoscan is based on a technology capable of producing high quality images. If you specify an email address or a fax number in your MMS or email, Clicktoscan will automatically send the scanned document to your contact. One account of 50 Mb is granted per email address, and mobile phone number. Free trial sign up.
RedirectThis is a service that allows you to just click on an article you are interested in republishing on your blog and post it. Usually, chunks of microcontent pass from a source blog to a reblog. A source blog can be any publisher: a reblog is a web page where microcontent is republished. With the help of RedirectThis, a publisher can reblog any content simply by linking to a special reblog-this URL on the user's reblog site. Basically, RedirectThis sits between a source blog and a reblog, redirecting users to the reblog of their choice. RedirectThis provides a demo that shows how simple it is to use it and take advantage of its functions. This service is free.
Box.net is a virtual storage space for your computer files. If you want to move files among multiple computers, backup important data in the event of a computer crash, or share documents and photos with friends and colleagues, this is the best solution. With packages starting at just $4.99 per month for 5GB, you will have enough space to hold thousands of documents, photos, music files, and video clips. Basic plan is totally free and starts with 1GB storage and 10MB file size limit. Once you open a basic account, you can get a free upgrade to the 5GB storage by refering Box.net to 5 friends. Box.net only supports Windows 2000 and higher, or Mac OS X. For complete functionality, recommended browsers are Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari.
- La La
La La is the first online music store where music fans can trade CDs they own for CDs they want for $1 a CD. CDs are sent through the mail in pre-paid envelopes provided by La La. If an album is not immediately available for trade, members will be able to buy the CD new or as a digital download at retail prices. La La is taking the unprecedented action of giving artists 20% of its revenues from used CDs and help them reduce overhead in marketing costs across the industry, so that they can make more from selling their music. La La's search and recommendation engine introduces members to new artists by drawing upon what other members with similar tastes enjoy. The service is free.
- 30 Boxes
30 Boxes is a web-based software application and social networking service that allows individuals to keep calendar data online, to share their calendar data with an invited circle of friends and to aggregate public online information of friends. 30 Boxes'features include the possibility to add private events and share your calendar views through RSS feeds and also create personal vCards and hCards. You can import your events from Yahoo!, Microsoft Outlook, and Apple iCal. 30 Boxes also provides a beta of a mobile service running on any mobile device with an xhtml browser; if you are interestend, you can try it at http://m.30boxes.com and log in with your email address. 30 Boxes is totally free to use.
CubeBreak is an online video clips aggregator whose aim is to offer a break to bored office workers who need to be freed from their daily monotony. CubeBreak allows you escape your office cube by watching bizarre and funny online video clips. The site contains the best videos posted to Revver.com, therefore the volunteer creators of these clips make money every time you click the advertising frame at the end of the video. Anyone is invited to submit his own works or favourite videos across the web. When you watch videos on CubeBreak, you need to have Quicktime installed on your computer. The service is free and CubeBreak gives creators 50% of the revenue generated when visitors click the ads.
Feedlinx is an online feed reader that tracks the status of your feed items on all of your machines and across all of your feed readers and tells you whether you have already viewed a post before. You just need to add or import your feeds into Feedlinx then you can subscribe to the new addresses that are generated. You can subscribe to the Feedlinx addresses at home, work, or anywhere you want to keep track of your posts. You can even have Feedlinx email your posts to your inbox. The service has been tested with many popular feed readers and supports both RSS and ATOM feeds. The online interface of Feedlinx supports all major browsers. Sign up now, it's free to use.
- Feed Rinse
Feed Rinse is an easy to use tool that lets you automatically filter out syndicated content that you aren't interested in. It's like a spam filter for your RSS subscriptions. Simply enter the url for your feeds; You can enter subscription URL' s manually or export an OPML file from your favorite RSS reader (Feed Demon, NetNewsWire, MyYahoo!, Rojo, etc.). In order to set up your filters you can rinse your feeds by keyword, author, tag, etc, or filter profanity and more. Once you have done this operation, your RSS reader of choice simply retrieves your clean feeds. Feed Rinse is currently free to use and provides the mentioned function for up to 5 feeds; Premium packages with addictional features are soon to be developed.
Mobber is an Ajax based online application that allows people who are on a particular web page to chat privately or in a group. The main function is to offer social browsing, while site administrators have more control over their own site and its visitors. Despite other similiar services, Mobber displays a box that lets visitors create a personal profile - complete with photo - and then enables them to chat in real time. Thus meaning that Mobber gives you more than just a text name. Everyone is shown in a slidebar on the site, and you can choose you click on to have a one-on-one conversation. You can embed Mobber into your personal web page's html in few seconds to create an "instant community around your web site. Mobber is a free service.
Keotag is a tag search engine that displays results by searching within the most popular blog search engines and social bookmarking directories (e.g. Blinklist, Google, Furl, Technorati, Yahoo!, del.icio.us and more). Go to Keotag and enter a query; the service refreshes showing you set of icons with a Technorati graph displaying how active that query has been. If you mouseover the icons you'll get a popup showing you with what search engines they're affiliated. If you click on an icon, a preview window will open bringing you a summary of the content from that site. Keotag also provides a tag generator and a social bookmark links generator, which can be very useful tools for bloggers. The service is free to use.
Pricefish is among the internet leaders in online comparison shopping and information delivery. This service features the latest products and prices from a vast array of online merchants, providing end users with the unparallel ability to find particular products, and a wealth of technical information. In particular, Pricefish provides free, unbiased information on computer and software products, consumer electronics, photographic equipment, movies, music, books, and video games. Pricefish provides its visitors with the ultimate shopping experience, with features designed to help consumers shop and save money with great ease. If you need to see estimates of the tax and shipping charges outside United States, you must visit the store's website to get information. Free to use.
- Mercora Madwords
Mercora Madwords is a new and innovative search based advertising program that connects music and music-related advertisers with new customers. Mercora Madwords allows advertisers to choose music keywords such as genres of music, artist names, and similar artists to place highly targeted advertisements that are displayed when users are either searching for or listening to music on the Mercora IMRadio (a social radio network on the Internet). Madwords works well for both customer
acquisition and branding related advertising. Advertisers are provided with a simple and flexible web-based self-service interface to create, target and deploy advertising campaigns. Mercora Madwords is a flexible advertising program: the only requirement is a commitment to spend at least $5 on your ad campaign. There is no set up fee.
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