Christmas is almost here, and if you're looking for a creative way to Greet your family, friends and whomever online, go visit FACEinHOLE which is a pure fun service that is very easy to use.
Just browse through the scenarios, find something that you like, (it could be for Christmas or any occasion), add a picture (or use your webcam), then edit and adjust it the way you please. When you done, you'll be able to post it to blog, social networks or send it by email as a postcard. Moreover, you can also order your creation as a T-shirts (or other products), and surprise your friends with an original Christmas gift.
You can start here by clicking on your favorite Scenario:
Tweet TextFlow helps a group of people to achieve a better productivity by combining several feedback documents into one. This was a service that I kept my eye on for a long time. Now it's open to the public and everyone can sign-up and test its qualities (though it's a limited version).
Here is a short step-by-step guide on how-to integrate TextFlow into your collaborative work process:
Start with your original draft, as Microsoft WORD document.
Send it to all of your colleagues for them to work on.
Your colleagues are each free to modify their copy when and how they want to.
Receive multiple WORD documents from your team.
Open up TextFlow from your Desktop, and drag & drop the original WORD document first.
Then drag & drop all other WORD documents from your colleagues.
Merge (and edit if needed) their changes in TextFlow.
Export as a new WORD document.
Currently TextFlow focuses on the early phase of text development where the text itself is the focus, so no images or tables are enabled yet. However, based on this tool performances, I can imagine how the final product will behave like. I'd say it's worth waiting.
More insights about TextFlow in Webware Blog where I found this very detailed Demo:
When something works for me, and I know for sure I'll keep using it, I like to write about it so other people pay attention and try it themselves. Notify.me is one of the services that you don't want to miss. The service helps you filter the content the matters you the most from your daily read feeds.
Lets say that I want to get an email each time Techcrunch writes about Twitter. I simply add a new Feed to Notify.me, and filtering it with the word "twitter". I could include any other terms in the same Feed or even exclude terms from subjects that I don't want to read about.
Why would I want to do that if I'm reading Techcrunch anyway? Simply because that way, I can get the content in real-time, faster than any other service I know. And because Notify.me works with email, SMS or IM, there is almost not a chance to actually miss stuff that interests you.
But this is just one example of what you can do with Notify.me. Check how you can get notify when something happens in your Facebook profile page, or when someone mention your name on Twitter:
Notify.me also released an affiliate program to allow website owners to capture more return traffic, and to enable users to be notified when their favorite websites are updated. More information in the site Wiki.
Lets start with the fact that if you're using Twitter with one of it's desktop clients, this post is probably not for you. But, if you're using Twitter simply from the Web, here's how to create yourself a better, and much useful Twitter.
Ok, now all you need to do is to download these 5 great Firefox plugins & Greasemonkey scripts:
Twitter Aout-Refresh This script checks for new tweets every 3 minutes and adds them to the top of the Timeline, plus it shows you how much tweets you missed since your last visit. Also, it loads older tweets endlessly when you're scrolling on the Twitter Timeline.
Twitter Sidebar Replies Twitter Sidebar Replies save you a few clicks, and the need to search for replies. This script places replies to a user on the sidebar of their Twitter page. Will also list replies to you if you are on your home page.
Power Twitter Power Twitter is a Firefox addon that displaying Flickr photo & YouTube video directly onto Twitter page. It also show the short URLs description.
Twitter Auto-complete A very simple Firefox addon that adds username auto-complete support for @-messages and d-messages on Twitter.
UTF8Twitter Finally, a cool menu on top of your Twitter page that allows you to add relevant characters to your tweets.
I've created a short Demo that shows the functionality of these features:
TweetThe Next Big Sound is a large data-base of unsigned music which are actually thousands of real demos that probably landed on the desks of record labels, but here someone might really pay attention to them.
Basically what this site do, is to connect between musician and a record label through the power of users.
To TNBS can sign-up two types of users: First, the Artists that allowed to create an account and upload their music & biography to the site. Second are the common users (called Moguls), that by listening to unsigned music and by signing artists, they expressing themselves and helping the best artists rise to the top. Signing an artist or a band means that the users think they have the potential to become a highly successful and popular artist. Surely it doesn't mean that you are offering them a multi-million dollar record contract, but you, as a user, can make a difference.
This site actually reminds me of Myspace in their first method. When lots of artist signed up to the site because of the fact that talent scouts were searching on the site for the next big sound...
I already find me a new favorite artist. The name is John Kappas and he's doing some very nice music. I might sing him up!
TweetI've noticed that if I'm mentioning a company name on twitter (any company), it takes about one or two days for that company to notice and follow me. Surely companies care about what people have to say about them on Twitter (feedback, suggestions, insights etc,.), right?
So I've been thinking... If you own a new (or an old) start-up, and it has a Twitter page, like these three Twitter-page examples: @italki, @twistory, @animoto (..., and there are many, many more), why don't you do this:
Add a field in your start-up registration form, that allows new members to add their Twitter username (as an optional choice)
Then simply follow these users automatically using Twollow, Twuffer or TweetLater, and there you have it: A list of users that share common interest - Your start-up.
Now, I don't see any reason why users that sign up with certain start-ups wouldn't follow them back on Twitter. On the contrary, I think it's an easy way to send/get updates about new releases, features etc.
I really think it's a situation that both parties could benefit from - Applications owners and their users.
Popacular is a valuable service for people who like to track trends on the Internet. If you familiar with Delicious for at least 4 years, you might remember a service called: http://www.populicio.us - It gave the same information back then, but right now, the site is no longer existing.
Therefor, I was extremely happy to see Popacular. Not only it gives you a list of the most bookmarked site in Delicious in the last: Hour | 8 Hours | Day | Week | Month, or All Time, it is also giving you search results of the most popular websites mentioned on Twitter (more about that on Techcrunch).
Here is the list of the top 25 bookmarked sites on Delicious - All time The number of the people who saved the links are beside each title:
1. Welcome to Flickr! 58,132 2. YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. 54,629 3. Pandora Radio - Listen to Free Internet Radio, Find New Music 52,868 4. Digg - All News, Videos, & Images 51,446 5. Lifehacker, tips and downloads for getting things done 41,742 6. stock.xchng - the leading free stock photography site 36,222 7. Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters 35,708 8. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 33,821 9. Netvibes31,361 10. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) 30,860 11. AJAX script.aculo.us - web 2.0 java script 29,830 12. Technorati: Front Page 29,112 13. Zamzar - Free online file conversion 28,718 14. Last.fm - The Social Music Revolution 28,555 15. Web Developer's Handbook | CSS, Web Development, Color Tools, SEO, Usability etc... 28,119 16. kuler27,825 17. COLOURlovers :: Color Trends + Palettes 27,799 18. Dafont27,770 19. Google27,479 20. Go2Web20.net- The complete Web 2.0 sites directory26,332 21. Mininova : The ultimate BitTorrent source! 26,025 22. Boing Boing24,943 23. deviantART: where ART meets application! 24,848 24. Instructables - Make How To and DIY 24,453 25. Welcome to Facebook! | Facebook 24,178 We're very happy to be in a very respected place in this list - Number 20!
TweetFrom time to time I'm gathering some tech news and updates into one post to make it easier and faster to read. All the news that I listed below related to Israeli's High-Tech Industry.
I'll start with some New Application: Commentino is a desktop client that helps you to publish all your web comments to a single webpage. After you download the free software, you can start sending comments to your Commentino zone. How does it work: When you write a comment anywhere on the web, Commentino displays a small black “bubble” window and offer you a few ways to publish your content; it also offers to skip publishing if you prefer not to publish this content. Also, you can share your comment-page with anyone you'd like, connect with other people that comment on the same subjects, and discover more interesting content that relevant to you. Suggest you read their user manual first, and this comprehensive post from Profy.
Snaptu is a directory of mobile applications, all accessible to the user (freely) through a single downloadable Java client. The main innovation is the system works using client server technology where the applications are displayed on the mobile device but actually run on remote servers. This allows Snaptu to support hundreds of different devices without the need to port the applications.
Headup is the new project from Semantinet (providing semantic web search). Headup is a Browser addon that keeps you in the loop with the people you know, the interests you pursue, the products and places that matter you the most. In short, Headup goal is to boost the way you experience the internet today.
ekoloko is a virtual community where kids discover the virtual world (and real) through fun games and quests, while absorbing the values, knowledge and skills that will help them become more responsible in regard to the environment. Kids can meet new friends, chat with them under secure terms, invite friends to play together, travel with them around, and overall have a lot of fun.
I have to admit that Snapily products are pretty exciting. The service launched right in time, a month or so before Christmas, giving you enough time to customize a great looking paper gift with your/family/friends picture on it, and with some cool effects...
My business cards provided by Snapily. Can it get better than that?
Moving on to some startup updates:
Qoof, The Video Commerce company, is launching its “all-in-one” video commerce widget platform. Qoof Video Commerce Platform can easily distribute their video assets across multiple distribution channels including ad networks, social media sites, affiliate networks and Qoof’s own publishers program as well as integrating a full video channel into their existing website. Example of the widget usage: http://www.shoponair.com
PicApp is an online blog tool for adding high-quality, current, and creative images to blogs and websites - without the copyright or licensing worries. Now releasing the first professional photo licensing plug-in for WordPress. Demo here.
Delver partnered with Yahoo! in order to increase Delver's search with results from Yahoo! search BOSS. The story in Yahoo! Finance.
NuConomy helps companies to understand better website and social marketing performance with its web Analytics and optimization platform. NuConomy Studio ( launched only few weeks ago), lets you discover new and exciting insights about your business. Giving you valuable data that you might don't get anywhere else...
Metacafe lays off 11 from its 80 employees. According to The Marker, 743 employees already have been laid off from 30 Israeli companies.
To be honest, the concept of this meetup was interesting, but the content as it presented was pretty dull. One thing was exciting though: The developers contest. Yahoo! encouraged the audience in this meetup, (mostly developers of course), to build products & mashups with their search APIs (what they call: A truly open API with as few rules and limitations as possible).
Now to the fun part:
EyalShahar, my partner at Go2web20 is a very gifted person, and he works better under pressure. In just three days (!) he created a brilliant game for this Yahoo! BOSS contest using Yahoo! BOSS image search engine, BOSS spelling correction, BOSS news search, and some other sources.
Online photo editors are good when you need to send someone a birthday card or simply when you get bored with a picture old look, and want to change it. Either way, piZap is a great new application that lets you edit and add fun objects on any photo you want.
What I liked about piZap is its simplicity. Awesome design, rich with cute stickers, text, effects, emoticons etc, that will put a smile on anyone pace.
piZap also allows you to order products with your own design (stickers, magnets, mouse pads, calendars etc) - this service powered by Zazzle.
I'm using Odiogoplayer to convert all my posts here from text to voice, simply because I think it's a great addition for readers that don't have time to read too much (though usually my post are short).
iSpeech is an alternative service that can convert your favorite websites, RSS, blogs and documents (WORD, adobe PDF, text, etc.) to speech with any PC or mobile Device. Then you can download your favorite blogs and news feeds as MP3 or podcast your favorite websites into your iPod.
iSpeech player fully customizable and can be embedded anywhere simply by copying and pasting one snippet of code. You can customize the widget to match your style, taste or color scheme. You can select a male or female voice to convert your text.
I've tried to sign-up but it seem that the service is still in development. However, you can already generate a code within any text you add, without registration.
I really wanted to show you an example of this player but maybe because I'm not a registered user, I can't control the auto playing. So you'll need to just go to the site and try it yourself. I'd like to give the service one major credit for the fast conversion. Really good job on that.
I like the FriendFeed real-time (beta) feature, but it is frustrating to stay on the page to watch the updates. The mini window option is also not such a great solution, because you can't really pin it in one place.
But I found an easy way that enables you to do that (and more). Just download Split Browser plugin for Firefox, and splits the content area of the browser window as you like. It will help you in various cases. For example, to compare multiple webpages, or to show your calendar always etc.
But I use it to see real-time updates from FriendFeed while viewing other pages.