Tag Archive for 'web2.0'

Extra, extra, read all about it!

As of yesterday, I’m the new (and first) web2.0 columnist for Austrian (German-speaking) online weekly CHiLLi.cc. I’ll do my best to bring all the greatness of webbased service glory to the masses. The column is named “Web und Wir”, meaning not much else than “web and us”, with a misspelling thrown in for good measure and individuality.

Check out my first, therefore only text to date, here.

And visit next Tuesday, when I’ll be telling all about the wonderful world of online bookmarking.

LibraryThing in realtime

Check out this page where you can see the books being added to LibraryThing, greatest online library service on the web (where else, right?), in realtime.

As Tim Spalding puts it in his posting LibraryHypnotismThing:

I find it hypnotic, both fascinating and will-depleting at the same time.

And he’s right! I should be soundly asleep by now, but I just can’t stop staring!

Box.net

box.net Once in a while I like showcasing new webservices I’m infatuated with. If you’ve come for the inane chatter usually prevalent in this spot, just skip this entry. More of that some other time.

The service I want to present today has been getting quite a bit of buzz lately, mainly because they’ve struck a few nice deals with other popular services. I’m of course talking about everyone’s darling web-storage company box.net (the really smart ones among you may have guessed that from looking at the picture in the top left corner). Now, what is so extremely nice about web storage? I mean, you don’t usually write an entry about that storage garage you’ve rented for your old furniture. Well, here’s the catch: it’s not simply web-storage, it’s web-storage in a web 2.0 manner (and it’s of course not furniture).

Web 2.0
you say? That buzz-word that’s been around for too long already? Well, yes, only that it’s not just a buzz-word but also an actual collection of distinct features. And these features can be observed in box.net, almost textbook style. Time for bullet points:
* Sharing: Yes, you can store your stuff and you can share it with your friends.
* Tagging: Although tags don’t get anyone excited anymore, they keep being helpful. Assign as many tags as you want to your files. That’s bound to make your life easier when you start having a lot of files stored.
* Ajax interface: A nice, clean interface sprinkled with piece of Ajax use. Very intuitive and lean.
* Rounded corners: No web 2.0 company can be taken seriously without them. Seriously. No, I really mean it.

Apart from these features, box.net also offers a bunch of other stuff that just make life easy (well, if your life consists of playing with web-storage services, but nevertheless). First of all, box.net offers 1 GB of free storage and 5 GB storage in their premium package. And if you’ve got a loyal circle of friends who don’t mind being spammed with invitations, you can actually be upgraded to their premium service simply by referring five friends. Even I managed to turn five people onto the service. And if I found five people, you can as well, trust me.

As I mentioned above, box.net is collaborating with a few other webservices, most notably Netvibes, the best of the starting pages currently around (here’s my entry about them from a while back). Thanks to their collaboration I can access the files I’ve got stored on box.net directly from withing my Netvibes starting page. Which is as easy as platform independent access to files can be implemented.

Overall it can be said that box.net is one of those services you never knew you’d need, but once you’ve used it for a while, you just won’t be able to do without.

Newsvine

I’ve recently been the happy recipient of an invite for Newsvine, (thanks, Chris J!) a still closed beta venture, which is something I’ll simply have to start a new sentence for to describe. Here it is:
Newsvine is not just another website aggregating news and commentary from all over the web (like Digg or Slashdot), it is a huge community driven read, create and seed news resource. I created my account only yesterday, but I’m already drawn into the functionality the whole thing has to offer. At first glance it even looks like too much functionality, but, as always, once you start diving into all the stuff you can do with it, you feel like you’ve never seen anything smoother than this before. Trust me.

There’s already an in-depth review of Newsvine out there, so if you want to know in detail what the hell I’m rambling about, please go here.

What’s left for me is to tell you that everyone who signs up gets their own subdomain (mine is, you guessed it gibarian.newsvine.com). Now, that’s not only really helpful when looking for people’s contributions, but it’s also got another upside to it: Once Newsvine is out of beta, 90% of the revenue that comes from ads placed in your subdomain will go to you. That’s right. Not only does Newsvine provide an insanely cool framework around ones babbling, they also pay you for it. How’s that for revolutionary ideas?

When I signed up I got a few invites to hand out. If you’re interested in creating news, leave a comment plus name, so I can forward you one.




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