• The Favor Exchange

    It’s the last business day of the year, which obviously leads me to think about last minute tax writeoffs. One of the best tax writeoffs, of course, is a charitable contribution. Then I remind myself that donating to charity isn’t just about the tax writeoff – it has the ancilliary benefit of helping others,too. :-) And that’s why I like Toronto-based Favorville, too. Read More

  • Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without

    Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn't Live Without

    There have been numerous 2005 “best of” and 2006 “predictions” posts over the last few weeks as the year comes to an end. I’m not going to write one of those. Giving out “best of” awards seems presumptuous to me, given that I’ve been blogging all of six months. And while predictions are fun, they aren’t all that useful in the end. What I… Read More

  • Dave Winer's Newest Adventure

    Dave Winer announced today that he’s built a new RSS aggregator, built on his OPML editor platform. He’s released it to the OPML community for early testing. Some details are here. The aggregator will have advanced podcasting/videocasting support and will also include a “reading lists” feature. The idea around reading lists is to allow people to subscribe to other… Read More

  • Magnatune's Answer to the Music Problem

    Magnatune, founded by John Buckman in 2003, is a music label with an associated website. Today was the first time I heard about Magnatune (thanks to Ajay Juneja), but I agree entirely with their business philosophy. I really think this is the music business model of the future. There are two key business model issues to note that make Magnatune different. The first is that Magnatude allows… Read More

  • Omnidrive – Online Storage Perfection

    I’ve been testing Omnidrive‘s very early beta product over the last few days. Omnidrive will be launching in January, 2006. I’ve spent hours with it (and previously posted a brief mention) – significantly more than I spend with most products. The reason? This is a product that I and millions of others really need – a pure and functional online storage product with… Read More

  • WordPress 2.0 – The Good and the Bad

    We’ve switched TechCrunch over to WordPress 2.0. Not everyone is interested in the feature set of the WordPress blogging platform, so I’ll keep this brief. To see a good overview of the new features, see Asymptomatic. A big change is the ability to create categories on the fly, from the post page, with Ajax. This was previously a multi step process. Since Technorati and other… Read More

  • Gaming Digg

    Gaming Digg

    Getting on to the home page of Digg (profile) sends a site a lot of traffic, and some folks will do just about anything for traffic. I know a lot of people who claim to have multiple Digg accounts to give their posts a lift, but it appears that the practice has become more…professional recently. Richard MacManus has done some research on the issue and posts on his findings. Bottom… Read More

  • LibriVox Offers Free Audio Book Downloads

    LibriVox Offers Free Audio Book Downloads

    Hugh McGuire’s goal is to make all public domain (expired copyright) books available free online in audio format. He’s created LibriVox to reach that goal, and it is a terrific open source, public domain project. Volunteers suggest public domain books and record chapters. Finished books are cataloged and podcasted LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public… Read More

  • Diigo – Enough Evolution?

    Diigo, which stands for “Digest of Internet Information, Groups and Other stuff”, is a social bookmarking site that allows users to highlight multiple content areas, including pictures, tag the page, and bookmark it. Users can also add sticky notes to a highlighted text area. It has other good features as well – see the flash demo for a good overview. Many of the… Read More

  • The Hyperwords Plugin

    The Hyperwords Plugin

    I generally don’t write about Firefox plugins, but Hyperwords is one that’s gotten my attention. Like Om says, it’s a must-have product to aid the browsing experience. And I see a business model here, too. Hyperwords gives users a number of choices whenever a piece of text is selected. The options simply pop up – right click functionality remains unchanged. Options… Read More

  • Omnidrive's Online Storage Actually Works

    I’ve been talking to Nik Cubrilovic, the founder of Sydney, Australia based Omnidrive, since I posted about the need for a good online storage service in November (see no. 1 in that post). I’ve had the chance to test it over the last few days. It’s pre-beta but will be launching soon. They’ve solved a lot of the problems associated with storage away from the network… Read More

  • Outlook 12 to have RSS Integration

    In news that certainly is not making the existing RSS Aggregator companies happy, Microsoft Outlook program manager Michael Affronti has soft announced that RSS will be integrated with Outlook 12. This will not only hurt the NewsGators and Attensas of the RSS space (those that have Outlook plugins to display RSS feeds). It will also impact Bloglines and others as users inevitably move… Read More

  • TalkDigger 2.0

    I’m a little late writing about this, but TalkDigger 2.0, which launched a week and a half ago, has really evolved since the original version that I wrote about back in July. TalkDigger queries major blog (and other) search engines on a given URL and returns relevant results. Since all of the search engines vary in their results, this is the quickest way to see everything. Read More

  • Browsr Has One Interesting Feature

    I first heard about Browsr in a comment to one of my posts. In some ways it’s a standard bookmarking site, but at this point lacks most of the advanced features of Del.icio.us, Shadows, Wink, etc. But Browsr does have one feature that is interesting. Bookmarks are categorized, and others can rate the usefullness of the bookmark. Browsr then creates a home page directory of the most… Read More

  • PostSecret Book Arrived

    The PostSecret book that I ordered back in October arrived from Amazon. I spent some time going through it last night and I really like it. PostSecret is one of the more interesting Web 2.0 companies (if you can call it a company). It certainly creates conversation, evokes emotion, and merges the online and offline worlds beautifully. If you’d like to buy the book, it is available at… Read More

  • Wink Launches

    The Wink user-enhanced search engine, in private beta for the last few months, launches Thursday morning to the world. Wink has evolved substantially since my October 12, 2005 review. Wink is, at its core, a combination of traditional search with feature-rich social bookmarking. Bookmarked/tagged results appear above normal search. Search results can be bookmarked, tagged and rated from Wink. Read More

  • Flock Says "Enough"

    Flock has gotten a lot of criticism lately. The reason for this particular round of naysaying is the launch of the impressive Performancing Firefox plugin that allows extremely easy blogging, from Firefox, for WordPress, MovableType or Blogger. Performancing is getting extremely good reviews from top bloggers like Paul Kedrosky, Om Malik and Steve Rubel. But the attacks didn’t start… Read More

  • GoodStorm's Feel Good Capitalism

    Maybe it’s because it’s the holiday season, but it seems impossible to me not to like San Francisco-based GoodStorm. It’s a competitor to Kleiner-backed Zazzle, and CafePress – basically they let you set up shop and sell items with your logo on it. As with all of these services, they do all the hard work – producing and shipping the item, and collecting the money. Read More

  • Oodle Does add Events/Tickets Category

    I wrote about this last week – and Oodle now has officially added events and tickets as a category. This seem to be primarily a combination of meetup events and tickets from a number of ticket brokers, including stubhub. There’s lots on money in this space from affiliate fees, so it’s a smart move. Read More

  • Gravee Takes a New Approach to Search

    Gravee soft launched tonight. It has an interesting business model. In addition to pulling in search results from Google, MSN and Yahoo (Alexa coming soon), Gravee also allows publishers to claim their site and, theoretically, get a piece of Gravee’s revenue. Here’s how it works: With Gravee’s AdShare program, when a user clicks an ad on Gravee, up to 70% of the ad… Read More