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The last two TechCrunch parties were a great success, and I particularly enjoyed meeting people that I knew only through blogging at the New York event last November. We’re in the planning stages of the next TechCrunch event, to be held mid year 2007. The location will most likely be in the bay area, and we have a new format idea that I think will be really interesting to attendees and startups.

I want to thank the sponsors of the New York party, who paid for the venue, the tshirts and all the food and drink. Most of these companies are small startups, and they really value the chance to get to know the early adopter crowd that makes up the bulk of our readers. Below is a bit of information on each of them.

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Partner Spotlights:

HitTail is a new product that analyzes key search terms that lead visitors to your site and provides a list of future writing topics that will boost your websites’ natural search rankings. Unlike analytics programs that simply report the raw data, HitTail offers suggestions for future writing topics that will increase natural traffic. These writing suggestions can also be used as a guide for cost-effective pay-per-click campaigns. HitTail is a free service and was developed by a team at Connors Communications, a leading New York technology public relations and online marketing firm. HitTail will offer premium features and services for high volume sites after its initial beta period. See TechCrunch’s write-up on HitTail here.

Compete.com — “the smartest site on the Web” — is the first premium Web metrics tool made available for free. Compete.com’s services are used by those who have questions about the websites they visit and/or compete with.

Check out what people are saying about Compete.com:

“A quick, informal survey of consumer Internet VCs suggests that those that had heard of Compete.com were including its stats in their due diligence. So I pass it on to you.” – Alexander Haislip, peHUB.com

“Finally, Competition for Alexa”- Liz Gannes, GigaOm.com

“According to our analysis of data from Compete (www.compete.com), which provides more accurate user and page view data for small websites like TheStreet.com than comScore does, in our opinion…” – William Morrisson, JMP Securities

Product Launch Sponsor:

Me.dium is a Firefox add-on that reveals the hidden world of people and activity behind your browser. The current online experience is devoid of the insight you get from the day-to-day interaction with friends and strangers in the real world. Without having to change your online habits, Me.dium shows you your online world for the first time and allows you to communicate with friends and others in a natural, contextual manner. Me.dium lets you see, in REAL TIME, what people and Web pages are around you and relevant to what you’re doing. Just like the way you interact in the real world.

Use the following invite code to download Me.dium and reveal the hidden world behind your browser for the first time. Invite Code: T3CHR11NCH8

Entertainment Sponsor:

partyStrands is a free interactive music and entertainment service for bars and clubs, parties and DJs, and of course, party-goers. It utilizes screens, mobile phones and digital music to offer a new, eye-catching and fresh way to have fun. It offers party-goers several ways to interact through their cell phones while merging the party-goers’ physical, online and mobile worlds.

To check the music that was played at the TechCrunch NYC Meetup, as well as see photos and text messages, visit: http://www.partystrands.com/tc8

Keep updated through our blog: http://blog.mystrands.com/

Marketing Sponsor:

If you’re looking for a widget that’s cool…or, if your MySpace page needs some more attitude…buddylube

You don’t have to know Web 2.0 — Just click on the eye and you’re ready to go!

Special thanks to BuddyLube for the ultra cool T-shirt giveaways!

Product Demo Roundup:

AOL SearchVideo is a powerful video search engine which gives users access to millions of videos, including some of the latest and most popular on the Web. Additionally, a rich set of API’s are available are available for developers to customize third-party applications, plug-ins and mashups.

BlogTalkRadio is the first social radio network. BlogTalkRadio allows anyone to host or listen to a live radio show with call-ins. The shows are streamed live and then archived as podcasts complete with RSS feeds.

Citizenbay is a free, real-time Web community of users sharing all kind of local information (opinions, news, events, deals, etc.). Each day top contributors earn money, and those that are qualified as Ambassadors get a recurring revenue share from the advertising collected on the website.

Civil Netizen enables secure file delivery for serious files. Send up to 4GB free using a simple drag-and-drop interface. Transfers are 100% private and secure. Ideal for business documents, production files and multimedia assets.

Conduit is a breakthrough marketing platform for creating community toolbars that drive traffic and loyalty. Conduit enables site publishers to persistently connect and engage with their user community via the browser.

CozmoTV
is like a video version of Pandora. We help you find great video through personalized TV channels that you can watch right in your browser. Special offer: We will be providing 80 Nintendo Wiis to the first 80 people that achieve 80% Rating Confidence by rating a bunch of shows.

DoubleClick enables agencies, marketers and publishers to work together successfully and profit from their digital marketing investments. This is realized through the integrated DART platform, a suite of products designed to meet the needs of the buy-side and sell-side of digital marketing.

Eurekster pioneered and leads the way in Social and Vertical Search; its unique swicki platform empowers publishers to easily create highly focused and monetizing search engines (with Buzzclouds) that learn from their community’s search behavior.

Freewebs.com guarantees anyone with an Internet connection can easily create and share a complete, high-quality website through its free and versatile Web publishing platform. We not only make it easy for our members to create, we also make it worthwhile. Freewebs also features what over 12 million users are doing online, showcasing them and driving traffic to their sites.

Genius, creator of SalesGenius, instantly delivers individual e-mail open information and Web-visit data directly to those who are responsible for customer engagement: front-line sales and marketing professionals.

Helium is a directory of real-world knowledge powered by people like you. This resource for finding and sharing information is described by Search Engine Journal as “About, Yahoo Answers & Wikipedia All Rolled Into One.”

Multiply is the leading “personal social networking” platform for people to share their life through media with friends, family and co-workers, in a controlled and meaningful way.

RMX Direct, from Right Media, is a publisher tool that allows you to auction your inventory on the Right Media Exchange, make your ad networks compete for each impression, and manage your overall ad network relationships.

Snap Preview Anywhere
is a nifty, free technology that allows anyone visiting your Web site to see what your links point to, without actually having to leave your site.

Top10 Media
operates: Top Ten Sources, which empowers Citizen Editors to share content from around the Web; Lisensa, which provides copyright licensing for UGC; and, StyleFeeder, which offers shoppers the ability to create virtual wish lists.