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Sunday, June 11, 2006

New Media Picks Of The Week: Sharewood Picnic 56

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  1. Skype add-on that allows you to record your calls and auto answers to them when you are away
  2. Web-based photo search and facial recognition system
  3. Create chapters within your video and audio file to help your audience
  4. Access to your IM networks and your RSS feeds directly from your mobile device
  5. Create, publish and sell your own radio show and podcast
  6. Share your audio remixes and create ringtones for your mobile phone
  7. Audio comment system enables you to collect mp3 comments from the visitors of your web site
  8. Browser plugin that allows you to preview web sites just by mousing over any links
  9. Put a sticky note on any web page to keep track of the web sites you are interested in
  10. Register a phone number that you can give out to people instead of your real one
  11. Personalize your phone's home page to display the RSS feeds that are important to you
  12. Set of tools to create, combine and convert RSS feeds
  13. Automatically sell your online content and enable publishers to buy it

Sharewood Picnic is Robin Good's weekly basket of hand-picked goodies discovered and found in the last seven days; it includes new web sites, software tools and online resources that can further enable your ability to become effective independent publishers online.

This is also a present to all those development teams which bring to the Internet great new tools and ideas every week without the support of a large marketing and promotion budget. It is in many cases to them, to these small great companies that I dedicate this space.

  1. PrettyMay


    PrettyMay is an add-on for Skype that allows you to record and replay any call in a very easy way. You can save your chats in MP3 audio format and also listen to the same background music with friends while conversating with them. PrettyMay also enables you to share your recordings with your friends. In addition, you can set PrettyMay to answer calls and chats for you when you are away or you don't want to be disturbed. PrettyMay requires download and it is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Free to use.

  2. Riya
    Riya is a web-based photo search and facial recognition system. Tell Riya who a person is in one of your photos and it will automatically recognize that person in all of your other photos and tag them appropriately. Riya also recognizes text in photos, and lets you select any area of a photo and tag that as well. Riya is completely free to use.

  3. Veotag
    Veotag is a service that lets you display clickable text, called "veotags", within an audio or video file. Your audience can see the veotags whenever they play your file on the web. With Veotag you can make your video and audio files more informative and convenient for your audience by dividing video and audio files into chapters and segments. Clicking on a veotag lets your audience jump right to that part of the file that they are interested in. Your veotag text appears automatically in all the major search engines. Veotag is completely free to use.

  4. Bluepulse
    Bluepulse is a software that allows you to run tiny widgets such as instant messaging and RSS on your mobile phone. The Bluepulse client comes with two starter widgets pre-installed: an RSS reader and a "buddies" widget that lets you access to MSN Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger and ICQ instant messaging from your phone. A growing community of developers already created widgets for TV and movie listings, music, news, and more. Once you sign up for an account, the Bluepulse client will be sent to your mobile phone. Bluepulse works on Java and Symbian handsets, on any network, anywhere. The costs of connection to internet from your mobile may differ according to your phone company. Free sign up.

  5. ClickCaster
    ClickCaster is a website that allows you to create, broadcast and sell your very own radio shows and podcasts. Once you sign up, you can record audio right from your browser or upload an existing MP3 audio or MP4/M4V video file. You can sell individual episodes, weekly subscriptions, monthly subscriptions and yearly subscriptions for any price you like (no lower than $0.99 per episode). ClickCaster will send you a check for every $50 you make. Free sign up.

  6. YourSpins
    YourSpins is a music community that allows its members to remix audio files. Within YourSpins, you'll be able to share your mixes with others, rate and comment on other mixes and chat, mail and IM other people too. Additionally, you can make your own unique ringtones to be sent to your phone. Each user gets a personal homepage, with all his mixes and ringtones listed. YourSpins plans to introduce soon blogs for each user, but for now, all mixes can be exported to your own blog by pressing "Blog this mix" on the mixpage. Sign up for free.

  7. MyChingo
    MyChingo is an audio comment system that enables you to collect MP3 comments from visitors to your web page. If you set it as a public system, whenever you receive a new audio message with optional text comments, it gets added to your player and it is also distributed within an RSS feed for all your audience. If you set it as a private system, everytime you receive a new audio message with optional text comments, it is automatically added to your member account for you to review, download, and optionally mark as public. MyChingo comes with two subscription plans: the monthly one costs $3.95, while the yearly plan is available at $45.00. MyChingo does not require download. Free sign up with 3-days free trial.

  8. Browster
    Browster is a browser plug in that allows you to preview web sites just by mousing over any links. You simply need to mouse over the little button that appears above the links to preview the web pages. Browster shows you the full web page, not a thumbnail. This tool helps you achieve more effective searches in less time. Browster is currently available for Internet Explorer 6 or higher and for Firefox 1.5. Free to use.

  9. MyStickies
    MyStickies is a web-based service which gives you the ability to put a sticky note on any web page your browser can visit. When you come back to the page, your sticky note is still there, where you left it. This enables you to remember what was important about the page you are on. Along with the ability to put sticky notes on web pages, MyStickies offers a powerful interface to browse, search, sort and edit your sticky notes from any computer that has internet access. MyStickies is only compatible with Mozilla Firefox. Free to use.

  10. TalkTrust
    TalkTrust is a service that allows you to register a phone number that you can give out to people instead of your real one. You can ask your callers to reach you at your TalkTrust number in your online-listings, emails, IMs or blogs and their call will be forwarded to your real number. TalkTrust can be very useful for online merchants, as they can take advantage of TalkTrust numbers to talk anonymously and protect their privacy. Free to use.

  11. Tiggdo
    Tiggdo is a web-based service that allows you to personalize your mobile phone or PDA personal home page to display RSS feeds and other information which may be very important to you. Tiggdo can add multiple valuable news items to your mobile personal home page including real-time weather news, maps, traffic reports, upcoming events, local listings, shopping info, stocks and even notes from your PC. Tiggdo works with any internet enabled handsets that support Wap 2.0. Information displayed may vary from handset to handset. Free to use.

  12. xFruits
    xFruits is a service that provides a set of tools to create, combine and convert RSS feeds and also allows you to view the feeds that others have created. xFruits offers a set of four RSS tools to take advantage of:
    • Aggregator RSS: aggregates your favorite feeds into a single feed.

    • RSS to Web: allows you to change a feed from within a webpage.

    • RSS to Mobile: automatically converts your RSS feed to a mobile version.

    • Post to RSS: allows you to get an RSS feed of all emails sent to an xFruits mailbox.

    Currently, there are four more RSS sydincation tools in the works: RSS to PDF, RSS to Mail, File to RSS and Composer. Free to use.

  13. ScooptWords
    ScooptWords is an online service that allows bloggers to sell their content and enables publishers to buy it. You only need to put a ScooptWords button on your blog and editors buy content they want to print and you want to sell. You receive 50% of the fee for all first sales and 75% of sales thereafter. Free sign up.

Robin Good and Livia Iacolare -
Readers' Comments    
2006-06-12 06:49:52

Hope Leman

I loooove your picnics and learn a huge amount from them. But Browster seems to be a major dud. I tried it a few minutes ago and found it simply cluttered up my screen while surfing and now I can’t get rid of it, even though I seem to have successfully uninstalled it as far as Windows XP is concerned. Help! How do I get rid of it? I don’t want that annoying little thunderbolt hovering over everything I am trying to read and don’t want it to precipitately launch previews of pages. I don’t need such “help.” Talk about intrusive!

As I say, I love your picnics and forward them to colleagues. You provide a major service for those of us interested in Web 2.0.Keep up the good work. Very much enjoyed your colloquy with Marshall Kirkpatrick a few weeks ago.

posted by on Sunday, June 11 2006, updated on Tuesday, May 5 2015

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