Blogger's new makeover, launched in a selective beta back in August, was supposed to make the personal publishing software easier to use. After all, in order to remain a blogging platform for everyday users, the Google-owned service was going to have to do something. Its previous incarnation required a basic knowledge of HTML, which is practically prehistoric in today's world of Ajax-spiced platforms like Six Apart's Vox, which launched earlier this year. So Blogger released a new beta version that featured tags (or "labels" in Googlespeak), "friends-only" posts, and drag-and-drop capabilities. On … Read more
Online applications company Zoho has launched Zoho Wiki, a Web-based wiki tool that integrates with Zoho's entire suite of productivity applications. Zoho Wiki lets you create three different wikis, each with a custom URL and unlimited pages. What's a wiki? Well, it's an information repository that anyone with the right permission can read, write, or edit. The most famous, of course, is Wikipedia.
Wikis have lots of uses, especially in small businesses. Creating casual documentation for projects, or a knowledge base for products and services is easier to navigate in a wiki than a spreadsheet or large … Read more
Just got this pitch for the Wiki company Near-Time:
As much as we love to visit our parents during the holidays, none of us is looking forward to the 4 o'clock dinner buffet lines at the convalescent home. Between the morosity and strange, formaldehyde-esque odors, it just isn't quite a pleasant experience. However, not all buffets have to torment those who partake -- especially when it comes to Wikis...
And it just got better from there.
Public relations megalith Edelman has launched a new Web-based tool to bring the press release, historically dry as a saltine, into the 21st century and the culture of Web 2.0. The tool, called StoryCrafter, can create "social media news releases" that incorporate RSS feeds, Digg and Delicious buttons, tags, talkback comments, and multimedia clips. The whole thing's a good idea, but it doesn't appear to be as well-executed as it could be: most noticeable for me was the fact that there's a lot of whitespace and consequently a lot of scrolling involved. Nevertheless, there'… Read more
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I recently signed up for a trial of SmartSheet (review forthcoming), and it took me three tries to get past the "captcha," the distorted numbers and letters I had to type to prove to the sign-up system that I was a human.
I'm a person, dammit. You can tell because I'm cursing at the screen. If you make the text any harder to read I'm going to take my personal business elsewhere. Then you'll have nothing but the robots to keep you company.
Related: I also tried to get my new laptop setup on … Read more
Flu season is here and getting sick is the pits. The endless mountains of tissues, cough drop breath, and a runny red nose are no one's cup of tea. Although there is no cure for seasonal sickness, many Web sites promise to help. WebMD, FamilyDoctor.org, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's site are the most sought-after health sites. Each site contains an expanse of knowledge, but how can you find out the most information on your condition? Which site can you trust with your diagnosis? See our video reviews.
Last night I was among the attendees at the New York City chapter of Social Media Club, and there was arguably one star of the evening: Squarespace, a home-grown Manhattan start-up that claims to offer a content management system for small Web sites that can do more than, say, WordPress or MovableType.
Here's the raison d'etre for Squarespace. There are plenty of small Web site owners out there, both businesses and individuals, that are yearning for more than a blog but don't have the technical know-how to do it themselves. Maybe they'd like a few extra … Read more
ConceptShare is a new service, close to being released, that gives creative pros an intuitive way to share their work with clients and coworkers. Essentially, it's just a repository for images that people can add notes to, but it's focused and straightforward, it has a very clear interface, and it's unlikely to confuse clients.
The Flash-based interface makes it very easy to switch between different images (or "concepts") and see the notes that people have left on each. You can toggle quickly between different images and easily spot small tweaks between different concepts. Designers can … Read more