You know, the sports world has made a much smoother transition to the digital age than I'd thought it would. Maybe it was the stereotype lingering in my brain of jocks and wannabe jocks having a disdain for anything nerdy, but I would've thought that sports Web sites and social networks would be slow to get off the ground. Man, was I wrong--just look at fantasy sports, as well as some growing social networks like Takkle. Here's another AlwaysOn attendee, PicksPal, which is a community for people who follow sports so closely that they think they can … Read more
The presenters at the AlwaysOn conference earlier this week might have primarily consisted of companies that are marketing toward the advertising and media communities, but there were still plenty of consumer-oriented start-ups. So many, in fact, that we still aren't finished writing about them. Here's another one you all might find interesting--3jam, which allows you to send reply-all text messages to a group of your friends.
There are a bunch of different ways to use 3jam. On a basic level, you can start reply-all groups by simply texting 3jam's number, or you can use a downloadable … Read more
Widgetbox has rolled out a new and fun widget-creation tool for blog readers and creators to make their own widgets called Blidgets. A typical Blidget pulls the latest stories or posts from your blog and presents it in a small, customizable widget. All it needs from you is a URL or an RSS feed, and the Blidget maker takes care of the rest. You can even set the Blidget to show pictures and text from a blog's posts. It's all very simple and easy to set up.
When you're done with your Blidget, you can publish it … Read more
Embeddable video is getting pretty cool. Static preview images seem to be a thing of the past. Blinkx, which is showcasing its service today at Demo 2007, is announcing a new widget called 'Blinkx It' that crawls your blog or Web site to deliver contextual video content. Think of it as Google Ad Sense with videos and no advertising. For example, clicking the 'Blinkx It' widget below will bring up videos related to News.com stories:
This is nice and unobtrusive, but the results aren't necessarily pertinent. In most cases, I was unable to get a smattering of relevant … Read more
I just completed a remodeling project on my house. While I'm pleased with the results and our contractor was conscientious, managing the information around the project was a trial. DesignIn, a new service launching here at Demo 07, is designed for people like me, and the hundreds of thousands of other folks who embark on residential remodeling and construction projects each year.
The two big elements on the site are a collaborative blueprint editing system--where you can sketch out your remodel layout--and a system that lets you collect or "clip" items from the Web and connect them … Read more
Wait, we've heard this before, haven't we? MyBlogLog (recently acquired by Yahoo) shows you who is viewing a Web page when you visit it. It's a really interesting app, but can be quite creepy.
A similar idea: Me.dium, which is launching its new "semi-public beta" at Demo 07 (which means it's an open beta, but new signups could be shut down at any time). Like MyBlogLog, Me.dium shows you who else is on the site you're on. It also shows you where your friends are hanging out online. And it shows … Read more
Share2Me is essentially a button for forwarding any content to MySpace, AIM, and a number of e-mail services.
Aimed at 15-to-24 year olds, Share2Me is a logo that sits on your browser (just Firefox for now, Internet Explorer is next). Should you stumble upon a YouTube video or Flickr photo that just MUST be plastered onto your MySpace profile, click the Share2Me logo button and choose whether you want the content forwarded in a MySpace message, as a comment on another's page, or simply on your own MySpace profile. Content also can be sent to any Gmail, Yahoo Mail, … Read more
Unlike Zagat, which has its own volunteer army of reviewers, Boorah scours reviews from sites like Insider Pages, SFGate, and blogs, and extracts content from them. The site parses all the data and assigns scores for food, ambiance, and service for each restaurant.
The site has a relationship with OpenTable (my favorite Web site ever) and will let you make direct reservations for restaurants that take them.
What I liked about Boorah: it has a very good search engine, … Read more
Attendio helps you avoid that dreaded circular conversation: "What do you want to do tonight?"---"I don't know, what do you want to do?"---and so on.
More specifically, Attendio is a social-events discovery service that continuously feeds events directly to a calendar program based on specified interests and geographic location.
Launching here at Demo 07, Attendio is not shy about how new it is--its tagline is "seriously beta." (Speaking of names here at Demo, can we talk about that? Attendio, Yodio, Vringo ... the names sound to me like a series of … Read more