Posts Tagged ‘personal’

Cute As Hell: One Stop Pet Shop

April 3rd, 2009

Cute As Hell Logo It's been widely acknowledged by the majority of moral codes in the world that an excessive amount of pride is a bad thing - but surely that doesn't apply to our pets, right? For our domesticated companions there comes the social network Cute As Hell, where users can create a profile for their pet, compare them to other pets, and discover new pet accessories. Read More »

Comparing Dating Applications: Psismic, Okcupid, and Crazy Blind Date

March 10th, 2009

For this set of reviews we looked at the dating applications Psismic, okcupid, and Crazy Blind Date, keeping in mind that there‚Äôs more than one way to meet that someone special. Since each of the applications has a different take on the dating process, users will find that each has its own set of ups and downs. Read More »

Okcupid: Interactive Dating Application

March 2nd, 2009

okcupid LogoAs with most dating applications, Okcupid is designed to bring you closer to people you want to meet, but okcupid adds tests on top of the usual tools to make searching fun and interactive. Read More »

Psismic: Content Driven Dating Application

February 25th, 2009

Psismic Logo Psismic uses an unusual approach to matching - they use user content to narrow potential partners. Unlike many applications that use a database (I like fries, she likes fries) approach, Psismic encourages you to post content you like and see if others like it. Read More »

Comparing Book Publishing Applications: Lulu, WeBook, Blurb, and Qoop

January 23rd, 2009

When comparing book applications there's one thing to keep in mind: what's the purpose. Say you've got a manuscript and you want to put it out there, bring it to the world, for that you may want application that can print it, slap an ISBN on it, and send it out for distribution as widely as possible. What if, though, you have a personal project? Or a few poems but not enough for a book? This is why the applications that we've reviewed this week each have a benefit to their own. Read More »

Online Publishing With Web 2.0

January 19th, 2009

For centuries the printing process was an exclusive one, the subject of only those who could afford it or could move people who could. With the reduction in price printing became accessible to more people, but with publishing applications going web 2.0, publishing a book can be cheaper than going to a movie. Read More »

Comparing Survey Applications: Zoomerang, SurveyMonkey, FluidSurveys, and MySurveyLab

January 16th, 2009

Any organization, and some individuals, need feedback to determine what their next course of action should be and for those who need it, no method is as informative as the survey. Web survey applications have made the survey process faster and more efficient than before with real time results and 24 hour access, so it's only natural that Listio covers some of the best web 2.0 applications in surveys. Read More »

Zoomerang: Online Survey Application That Puts It Together

January 15th, 2009

Zoomerang LogoZoomerang is an application that lets users do more than create a survey - it keeps it all organized, from the creation, managing, and response - all from a dashboard. Read More »

FluidSurveys: Simple Surveys Online

January 13th, 2009

FluidSurvey Logo The first thing you notice about fluidSurveys is a spare but vibrantly colored design, which makes getting around the application easy. The next thing you notice is how simple the layout makes everything from dragging and dropping questions into your surveys to administering changes within your survey. Read More »

MySurveyLab: Surveys And Tests Online

January 12th, 2009

MySurveyLab Logo MySurveyLab recognizes that there is a relationship between surveys and tests - they're both looking for feedback, only one gets graded. Towards this end MySurveyLab has created an application to create surveys and tests. Read More »

Online Surveys: Feedback Through Web 2.0

January 12th, 2009

No matter who you are or where you work there's always a need for other peoples' opinions. Whether you are a small business that needs feedback on a product, or a major charity that wants to see what people think of your next campaign, there's a need for feedback, and the best way to get it is with a survey. Read More »

Comparing Expense Tracking: Nexonia, ExpenseView, Expens’d, and Moneygement

January 9th, 2009

Whether you are looking to manage your expenses as an individual or a business, web 2.0 has something to offer. This week we took a look at applications that help track expenses, with a mind to how easy they were to use, what features they offered, and what kind of user would benefit from them. Read More »

Moneygement: Expenses, Debt Tracking, And Reporting

January 7th, 2009

Moneygement LogoFeature-wise moneygement has what expense applications should have; the ability to add in expenses by type and date, enter a description, and see what's been spent by date. What budget minded users will find most useful are at the left and right of the page, a budget box and a spending rate box (respectively). With the budget box users can see what's been spent in relation to income (input on the transaction page as a category) or budget, and in the spending rate box users can see what their rate of spending is for the month. Read More »

Expense Applications: Managing Finances With Web 2.0

January 5th, 2009

For businesses and individuals managing expenses is an important part of fiscal health - not only does it help manage the flow of money, but it can tell you what expenses you can expect in the future. To help with this there are a number of web 2.0 applications that are designed to help manage expenses by tracking costs and generating reports. Read More »

CocktailDB: Web 2.0 And Cocktails At Your Fingertips

January 1st, 2009

CocktailDB LogoWhen users land on CocktailDB they may well feel that they have arrived; the application that features a large database with the ability to suggest by mood and ingredient has been lovingly prepared, and made bartending simple. Read More »

Comparing Recipe Applications: Foodari, Open Source Food, Supercook, and Reci-P

December 26th, 2008

When thinking of what you might want in a recipe application, you are likely to want more than what a cookbook offers; recipes, descriptions, and suggestions, all with the speed of a search engine. Recipe applications provide these, and as we see with this week's applications, a bit more. Read More »

Open Source Food: A Clean and Easy Recipe Application

December 24th, 2008

OpenSourceFood LogoThe first thing you notice with OpenSourceFood is the clean and modern design, bringing a high contrast layout with large, full pictures. Navigation is easy - links are quickly found, and the tab layout (Overview, Recipes, Voted, Following, People) lets users get to the area they want quickly. Keyword search is on the main page and the recipe tab will show suggestions. Read More »

Supercook: Recipes From What You Have

December 23rd, 2008

Supercook LogoClean, easy-to-use, and with a large number of recipes possible (250,000 they say), Supercook is an application that takes recipe searching from a different angle -- what ingredients you've got on hand. Read More »

Reci-P: Online Recipe Database For You

December 22nd, 2008

Reci P LogoWhen it comes to recipes you want more than a tool for finding recipes - you want to save them, organize them, and maybe even create a menu for an event. Reci-P lets you do this and more, by providing a recipe book that's entirely online. Read More »

Making It On Your Own; Web 2.0 Recipe Applications

December 22nd, 2008

With the holidays fully upon us and the economy going through its fluctuations, more web 2.0 users are bringing their meal closer to the hearth. This week we'll be looking at one way that users are doing that, with recipe applications. Read More »

Comparing Flashcard Applications: Flashcard Friends, Quizlet, FlashcardDB, and SocialDecks

December 19th, 2008

This week we looked at flashcard applications that are designed make studying easier. Each of the applications,FlashcardDB, SocialDecks, Quizlet, and Flashcard Friends, have features that are superior to index cards, from searching and tags, to widgets that can be used on any site. Read More »

Quizlet: Finding the Fun In Flashcards

December 18th, 2008

Quizlet LogoThe challenge with learning - and this includes flashcards - is to keep things fun. This is something that Quizlet does well, incorporating games, knowledge, and testing to make learning easy. Read More »

Flashcard Friends: Flashcards, Tests, And Learning

December 17th, 2008

Flashcard Friends LogoAs students search for ways to remember information, they are likely to use more than one method - which is where Flashcard Friends comes in. In addition to flashcards in a variety of styles Flashcard Friends offers tests to quiz and rate the extent of your knowledge. Read More »

FlashcardDB: Learning With A System

December 16th, 2008

FlashcardDB LogoFlashcardDB works differently than your standard "guess and turn over" flashcard application. Unlike other applications it works on the Leitner system, which if you missed our post, Online Flashcards: Using Web 2.0 To Learn, is a system of learning where incorrect answers are placed into the first deck that you review, whereas correct answers are placed in later decks so that you are reviewing what you don't know more than what you do. Read More »

SocialDecks: Flashcards That Are Tagged

December 15th, 2008

SocialDecks LogoAs most flashcard applications do, SocialDecks offers a chance for users to study by subject and prompt, but SocialDecks takes a different perspective on how to get users to the cards. Rather than pulling a topic by title SocialDecks uses tags to bring cards together, allowing users to combine them into decks. Read More »

Online Flashcards: Using Web 2.0 To Learn

December 15th, 2008

Students today know that it takes more than a book to learn a subject. It takes a variety of methods, including study partners and flashcards. This week we'll be taking a look at how flashcards have moved online, and how they offer more than the index card ever did. Read More »

Publishing Magazines Online With Web 2.0

December 8th, 2008

Internet users have long been used to the idea that they can publish themselves into blogs, but many may not realize the possibility that new publishing applications online offer, and how web 2.0 has given them new ways to express themselves and enjoy the work of others. Read More »

MadeIt: Making Event Management Easy

November 10th, 2008

MadeIt LogoMadeIt offers much of what makes event planning important; a chance to customize a webpage dedicated to your event, add maps, times, set currency, and manage tickets. MadeIt does this through simple tab navigation, breaking the event into two tabs which each have options on a sidebar. The product of this is a streamlined navigation that speeds the setup process. Just fill in the forms on the two tabs and your event is ready to go. Read More »

Comparing Online Word Processing Applications: Zoho Writer, Springnote, BuzzWord, and Writer

November 7th, 2008

Frequent visitors to Listio will attest to the feeling that the whole world is going web 2.0, and office productivity is no exception. This week we took a look at several productivity applications in web 2.0, specifically the word processing applications Zoho Writer, Springnote, Buzzword, and Writer. We judged the applications on what kind of features they have, how to export and which export formats are supported, and their overall presentation. Each of these applications allowed users to take the creation and editing of word documents online, and each had features for different kinds of users. Read More »

Writer: Word Processor With No Distraction

November 6th, 2008

Writer LogoNot every user needs a feature-complex application - some just need simple functionality with a couple features. That's just what Writer offers - basic functionality with as little distraction as possible. Read More »

Buzzword: Streamlined Word Processing With Flash

November 5th, 2008

BuzzWord LogoWith the design sensibility of Adobe and a streamlined function bar, Buzzword is a visually attractive word processor with the requisite number of features to create, edit, and save documents online. Read More »

Springnote: Word Processing Application

November 5th, 2008

Springnote Logo The first thing you notice after signing in with Springnote is a dashboard in white and blue, an appealingly simple design that gives you the facets of Springnote at a glance; your personal notebooks (your private documents), your group notebooks (shared), an inbox for messages and invitations to other documents, and comments. This first page also gives a you an understanding of how Springnote thinks of word processing - they view web 2.0 word processing as a collaborative process, where other users can comment, and add content as needed. Read More »

Zoho Writer: Full Featured Online Word Processing

November 3rd, 2008

Zoho LogoIf you're a user that is looking for full featured online word processing, you'll like the options in Zoho Writer. From the moment it opens the application has the look of its well known software rival, with buttons for special features, and a writing space with a ruler. Read More »

CafePress: Printing Online For Everyone

October 30th, 2008

CafePress LogoIt takes less than a second to understand CafePress, and that's because it puts it all up front; buy, sell, and create your own merchandise from a long list of products, including stationary, clothing, home decor, and promotional items. They can print on nearly anything they've seen in a store, and with their new product, InfiniStitch, they can create custom embroidery on shirts and hats. Read More »

Zazzle: Personalizing Merchandise For Fun and Profit

October 27th, 2008

Zazzle LogoZazzle is a print on demand solution for the individual, but don't let that dissuade you from considering the potential for business and marketing. With several unique customizable products and a rating system to make it fun for the Zazzle community, Zazzle is an application that could make more people aware of your brand. Read More »

Printing Online: Customizing Merchandise With Web 2.0

October 27th, 2008

Promoting your business isn't easy, but as anyone that has walked a convention hall or two knows, the difference between remembering a company and not is sometimes that promotional item when you pull out when you're home. But how do you create customized products without spending a fortune? Read More »

Comparing Online TV: Hulu, Joost, Fancast and Veoh

October 24th, 2008

Whether you've missed your show or the deadline for high definition TV coming in February is looming over your head, you may want to consider what web 2.0 has to offer. Watching online entertainment has never been as easy as it is with the applications we looked this week. With limited commercial breaks and a library of old and new titles, users with these online TV applications can see movies, TV programs, clips, and in some cases music videos, all for free. Read More »

Fancast: Online TV For Fans

October 21st, 2008

Fancast ListingFancast is an online TV and movie application that has been laid out in a simple to intuit fashion, and with the exception of a few ad spaces, cleanly. Tabs for TV and Movies are next to tabs that give a better indication of Fancast's purpose; Trailers (film), Store, TV Listings, and On Demand Guide. Fancast has been made with the fan in mind, and whether viewers are watching a movie or catching up on their favorite show, they are never far from the store where they can download - for rent or purchase - their favorite shows. Read More »

TweetDeck: Enhanced Twitter Tool

August 28th, 2008

The microblogging platform Twitter has continued to grow in popularity, but while users are attracted to Twitter's simplicity, they can't help but want a little more. Enter TweetDeck, an application built in Adobe AIR that helps manage the information flow of Twitter. Read More »

Twitterific: Twitter Client For Mac

August 27th, 2008

Twitterific ListingWith Twitter's simple but web based interface it was inevitable that applications would develop to bring Twitter functionality with a smaller footprint. Such is the case with Twitterific, the Mac based application that condenses Twitter's features into a box on the desktop. Read More »

Pandora: Music Genome Project And Suggestion Site

August 4th, 2008

Pandora ListingPandora, the online radio station that is driven by community input, is as ambitious as it is addictive, and worthy of its mythological Greek namesake. Named by ancient gods as the "gift of all," Pandora has changed the way people think of radio, turning a one way listening experience into an interactive experience. Read More »

Syncplicity: Backup, Sharing, Sync

July 25th, 2008

Syncplicity ListingThe first thing to know about the beta file sharing, sync'ing, and backup utility Syncplicity is that at the moment, it only supports the Windows platform. According to Syncplicity, support for Apple will come, but for the moment this review applies to users running XP or Vista. With the Syncplicity experience, sharing, sync'ing, and backup are all simple processes with Syncplicity. Secure, up to date files are maintained with frequent synchronization, available at any time through remote access on the web. Integration into productivity tools and social networks extend the function of Syncplicity, making it versatile for the PC user. Read More »

SugarSync: Sweet Sync, File Share, And Backup

July 24th, 2008

File management is genuinely sweet with SugarSync, the cross-platform application that can sync multiple computers, share files, and backup files. Access your files from any location, including your mobile, and have them backed up as you go with SugarSync. Read More »

MagCloud: Publishing Magazines Online

June 25th, 2008

MagCloud Listing HP Labs has been working overtime to bring some innovation to publishing, and they seem to have found another area to mine in the DIY and self-publish field. MagCloud is a tool for publishing magazines on demand, which enables small presses and publishing hopefuls an opportunity to realize what could have been an expensive dream; their own magazine. Read More »

Linkua and iTalki: Language Learning Sites

June 19th, 2008

Linkua ListingMaybe you love languages, like to meet people, want a refresher, or are ready to admit that our globalized world demands unique cultural skills, but whatever the reason you seek out language exchange, web 2.0 has the tongue of your choosing. Language lesson marketplace Linkua has an impressive range of languages, and, since there are a finite number of places to pick up Basque, Cebuano, and Zapotec, an excellent place to look for less common languages.

iTalki ListingThe benefit of paid lessons are that you can guide your education as you like, but if the bill seems too much or you want a more social experience, head over to iTalki, where the learning can be done in 97 languages, by group or individual. Read More »

There’s Something In The Vent

May 19th, 2008

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May 15th, 2008

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Dating Online: Niche Social Networks

May 13th, 2008

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