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gubb Makes Lists for the Ultra-Organized

Posted in Lifehacks,Websites by Paul Patterson on January 28th, 2007

gubb Makes Lists for the Ultra-OrganizedI’d like to consider myself a pretty organized person. I don’t really like having obligations and I never procrastinate. Needless to say, I make a lot of lists. Lists are a big secret to my organization.

You might not think that much could be improved upon when it comes to list-making, but you might be surprised at where the humble list is headed. gubb is a new service that allows users to make and share lists through a Web-based application.

It’s just a list, how can it be sophisticated? With gubb, a simple list can get fairly complex pretty quickly. Here is a rundown of some of the gubb features:

You can create, organize and update an unlimited number of lists
E-mail lists to yourself or anyone else.
Share your lists with anyone.
Collaborate with friends, family, co-workers or anyone on projects, tasks, etc.
Make your …

Web 2.0 Name Generator

Posted in Lifehacks,Web 2.0,Websites by Paul Patterson on January 22nd, 2007

Web 2.0 Name GeneratorAre you looking for a name for your Web 2.0 company? If so, be sure to check out the Web 2.0 Name Generator over at LightSphere. The Name Generator tool will help you on your quest to find an original name. Be warned – you may need to open your mind a bit.

I’ve been in more than a few brainstorming sessions to try to come up with a domain name and it can be an excruciatingly painful process. Using the tool, I generated a few quick names to see what my options were:

Podpoint, Zoomspace, Oyonti, Tagzoom, Oonoodle, 42type, Zoomfire, Flipcube, Leeva, Zoomtube, Podchat, Lavu, Skiveo, Podware, Babbleworks, Plable

I’m a left-brained kind of guy which means it would be next to impossible for me to come up with something this unique. If anything, the generated names will spark some dormant creativity in …

PowerReviews Customer Reviews and Ratings Service

Posted in PowerReviews,Websites by Paul Patterson on January 22nd, 2007

PowerReviews Customer Reviews and Ratings ServiceLike many people, I thoroughly research a product before I buy it. I typically go to Amazon first as they seem to have the largest database of quality reviews. As a last resort, and if I have exhausted all of my options, I will go to the search engines and try to hunt down an authoritative review. The grim reality is that consumers still have few choices for reviews – choices that offer the depth and breadth necessary for all types of products.

PowerReviews is a distributed network of product reviews that aims to solve the dreaded research issues many of us face by providing free reviews and sophisticated research tools for customers looking to research a product.

PowerReviews is a free service that works with smaller web retailers to display and obtain product reviews. These small retailers then benefit by …

GoodSearch – Search the Web for a Cause

Posted in Websites by Paul Patterson on January 21st, 2007

GoodSearch - Search the Web for a CauseMost of us probably have a cause that we care about; whether it is saving endangered animals, finding a cure for cancer, or something less romantic like just helping out at your local school.

The problem is that most people have trouble finding the time or money to help. GoodSearch has developed a way for everyone to help our their favorite cause – and it won’t cost you anything.

GoodSearch is a search engine that donates 50% of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. GoodSearch has developed a patent-pending technique to track and direct search-generated proceeds to charities. By vying for a piece of the enormously lucrative $6 billion dollar search engine advertising market, GoodSearch will help out your favorite cause and you can feel good about surfing the web.

To use GoodSearch, you first …

Yahoo! Launches Personal Finance Website

Posted in News,Websites,Yahoo by Paul Patterson on January 21st, 2007

Yahoo! Launches Personal Finance WebsiteYahoo! is looking to capture the eyeballs of saavy investors with its recently launched Yahoo! Finance, a new personal finance portal containing a slew of new tools and information ranging from “Banking & Budgeting” to “Retirement.” to help consumers manage their personal finances.

Yahoo! has a continued strategy of aggregating the best tools and information from the industry’s leading providers for a given topic. Yahoo! Finance will include several new “financial centers” as well as tools to help users manage their money. The new Yahoo! Personal Finance features include:

Nine resource centers covering every major area of personal finance. These “financial centers” include: Banking and Budgeting, Taxes, Career & Work, College & Education, Family & Home, Insurance, Loans, Real Estate, and Retirement.
Content from 25 industry leading providers including: CNNMoney.com, Consumer Reports, Kiplinger, The Motley Fool, Smart Money, and The Wall Street Journal.
48 …

LinkedIn Answers Gives Expert Business Advice

Posted in LinkedIn,News,Websites by Paul Patterson on January 21st, 2007

LinkedIn Answers Gives Expert Business AdviceGetting solid advice on tricky business matters isn’t always a simple feat. It can be difficult finding a trusted source or finding someone with the adequate experience to give you a confident answer.

LinkedIn, a business networking service that gives members access to jobs, people search, and other opportunities, has launched LinkedIn Answers to open up the knowledge of thousands of business veterans in over one hundred different industries.

As a LinkedIn user you can use LinkedIn Answers to leverage the power of your trusted professional network to receive business-related advice. Members can ask business-related questions and receive answers from hundreds of thousands of experts in the LinkedIn network.

Questions can be targeted to specific members of one’s network, as well as to the entire LinkedIn network of more than 9 million professionals from around the world in 130 industries. …

Sugarcodes is a Sweet Way to Navigate the Web

Posted in Sugarcodes,Websites by Paul Patterson on January 17th, 2007

Sugarcodes is a Sweet Way to Navigate the WebSugarcodes is a website that offers quick and concise navigation of the Internet through the use of shorthand “codes”.

Sugarcodes assists you in navigating the Internet by creating codes that represent shortcuts to other web pages. Once a code has been created for a web address (URL) you can go directly to that page by typing the code. If the URL takes a parameter in the query string you can program that into your Code.

The Code for Google is simply “g”. To perform a search on Google using Sugarcodes you would type the Code for Google and then your search phrase into the Sugarcodes Input Box. Sugarcodes then translates your request into the correct URL for Google and redirects you to the search results page. If you typed “g Che Guevara” into the Sugarcodes Input box …

Wikiseek is Wikipedia Search Engine from Searchme

Posted in News,Websites,Wikipedia,Wikiseek by Paul Patterson on January 17th, 2007

Wikiseek is New Way to Search WikipediaWikiseek is a new specialized search engine launched by Searchme, Inc. Wikiseek differentiates itself by limiting its searches to Wikipedia pages and those sites which are referenced within Wikipedia.

By restricting its indexes to the Wikipedia network, the results of Wikiseek are touted as being more authoritative and therefore less subject to spam and manipulation by SEO experts.

With fewer pages indexed, Wikiseek holds the capabilities to be faster than the current search engines. And by utilizing Searchme’s patented refinement technology to suggest search refinements, the results will be more relevant.

Wikiseek makes use of a tag cloud to help refine search results based on related subject matter. Other search enhancements include a Firefox search plugin as well as a Javascript-based extension that alters actual Wikipedia pages to add a Wikiseek search button.

Wikipedia.org has notoriously limited search capabilities and …

Placeblogger.com Localized Blog Search

Posted in News,Services,Websites by Paul Patterson on January 2nd, 2007

Placeblogger.com Localized Blog Search Placeblogger.com is a recently launched searchable index of localized blogs. Searching or browsing Placeblogger will help you discover and subscribe to blogs that cover news and events for a particular neighborhood, city, town, or region.

Placeblogger consists of sites known as Placeblogs. Placeblogs are websites that pay “sustained attention to a particular place over time.” Placeblogs are also known as “hyperlocal sites”, because they focus on news, events, and information for a particular geographical area.

The current top 10 Placeblogs include:

1. Baristanet, Montclair, NJ
2. Edhat, Santa Barbara, CA
3. Fresno Famous, Fresno, CA
4. Westport Now, Westport, CT
5. ChiTown Daily News, Chicago, IL
6. New Haven Independent, New Haven, CT
7. Gotham Gazette, New York, NY
8. Philly Future, Philadelphia, PA
9. …

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