Sunday, April 19, 2009

THE INTERNET IS GETTING CROWDED

As the Internet grows larger and larger, more and more opportunities for us to become involved open up, many of which are absolutely free. Here is a cursory list of the ones I am aware of. Most require little or no time passed the initial sign up stages. Many are entertaining and informative as well.
http://www.blip.tv/: "twitter" for music buffs
http://www.boxee.tv/: a very organized alternative to YouTube
http://www.blogger.com/: a blog publishing platform, and the one that supports this blog
http://www.classmates.com/: a social networking platform for catching up with your former classmates
http://www.facebook.com/: the most popular social networking tool out there
http://www.flicker.com/: a picture posting platform
www.hulu.com: watch videos, episodic television, etc.
http://www.linkedin.com/: a My Space platform for business purposes only
http://www.loopt.com/: a combination social networking platform, and location detector
http://www.myspace.com/: social networking platform, crowded with younger generations
http://www.movabletype.org/: a publishing platform for professionals
http://www.ning.com/: a customizable social platform, especially into creation of "communities"
http://www.power.com/: site that allows you to log in once and post to multiple social networking sites
http://www.qik.com/: stream and post photos from your mobile phone
http://www.shelfari.com/: post your library, and engage in discussions based on your literary preferences
http://www.squarespace.com/: a blog publishing platform
http://www.tripod.lycos.com/: a fee based blog and website publishing platform
http://www.twitter.com/: all the rage, allows you to post quick comments and follow others comments within your social circle, or anyone else with an account
http://www.typepad.com/: fee based blog publishing platform for small businesses
http://www.wikapedia.com/: a reader supported encyclopedia
http://www.wordpress.com/: publishing platform, competitor of blogger
http://www.youtube.com/: post or just watch others videos, including a huge music library
http://www.xanga.com/: a lesser used blog publishing platform
Extra credit for mobile phone users....
http://box.net: a mobile collaboration tool
http://rememberthemilk.com: a task management tool
http://evernote.com: multiple device synchronisation and storage tool

5 comments:

Jennifer said...

Great list, Kimba! I have to say I'm not a big fan of the Facebooks and MySpaces, but Twitter is the most useful thing ever. I would also recommend social bookmarking sites like Delicious, Digg, and Twine. For book lovers, Shelfari's rival LibraryThing is a nice site. I really can't say enough about Twitter, though. If you're selective about who you follow, it's amazing how much you can learn. For a good chuckle, take a look at yesterday's New York Times twitter-bashing article and the hilarious parody.

Jennifer said...

Forgot to mention Twitter's search engine, and here's the corrected link to Twine (I had it wrong in my previous comment).

Kim said...

I am fascinated with UStream, a platform to broadcast 24/7, or start an internet show with as little as a mobile phone. Pepin could do concerts and have everyone tune in at certain times, etc.

Jennifer said...

Wow! I just looked at it. I hadn't heard of it before. Someone recently told me about TalkShoe, which I think is similar, but if I'm not mistaken it's audio only. I think it's like having your own call-in radio show. Yes, I've been trying to get Pepin to start podcasting. You too!

Jennifer said...

Darn, I did it again. Here's the corrected link to TalkShoe.