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Is Twitter toast?

Twitter has been spreading like wildfire of late, and it seems as if everyone from the tech elite to the tech illiterate have signed on to post snippets from places blogging had previously yet to tread. Is Twitter's growth sustainable? Maybe; As the A-list trumpet Twitter's success, web1979 makes a pretty convincing argument for why Twitter isn't going to last the year. Mat Belez writes, "There...

Ninjawords: "Fast like a ninja" dictionary

I like ninjas. That being said, I don't really associate ninjas with dictionaries. However, Ninjawords aims to change that. Or something. Ninjawords is a simple Ajax dictionary that aspires to be like a ninja: smart, accurate, and really fast. Type in your word, smack the enter key, and you definition pops up. That's it! Yes, a very simple tool, and a pretty obvious use of Ajax at that, but I...

NYT announces coming of Web 3.0, everyone groans

Yesterday's New York Times included an, um, interesting article by John Markoff about the next generation of the web. He says that computer scientists and start-ups want to "add a layer of meaning on top of the existing Web that would make it less of a catalog and more of a guide--and even provide the foundation for systems that can reason in a human fashion." He says their effort is "referred to...

Google says: "Take your data with you!"

Just say no to data lock-in! That's what Google CEO Eric Schmidt said at San Francisco's Web 2.0 conference earlier this week. "If you look at the historical large company behavior, they ultimately do things to protect their business practices or monopoly or what have you, against the choice of the users," Schmidt said. "The more we can, for example, let users move their data around, never trap...

YouTube named TIME's Best Invention of 2006

Despite the fact that 2006 isn't technically over yet, and the fact that YouTube was actually founded in 2005, TIME Magazine has dubbed the video sharing site the best invention of 2006. And you know what? I agree. YouTube detractors have a lot of fodder for their criticisms, and YouTube is far from a perfect product or a perfect company, but in one fell swoop the company did what much bigger...

Instacalc: Quick, powerful, shareable calculator

Instacalc just blows my mind. It's such a simple idea, brilliantly executed: It's sort of like a Web 2.0 mini-Excel, allowing you to quickly create a calculator for anything--body mass, loan repayment, YouTube valuation--with simple or complex calculations, and then share them with your friends, colleagues, or the world. It knows lots of mathematical operations and functions, understands things...

Zamzar: Free online file conversion

Awhile back I linked to Media-Convert, a web service that will convert files while you wait. I was duly impressed by Media-Convert, and I'm even more impressed by Zamzar, a very similar free service with a Web 2.0 touch. It can convert between five image formats, 14 document formats, 11 audio formats, and nine video formats, and unlike Media-Convert you can convert many files at once, up to 100MB...

New Last.fm features: Flash player, concerts, free MP3s, and more

Recently social music site Last.fm unveiled an impressive array of new features, the first since July. Here's a breakdown: Flash player Previously listening to Last.fm radio required downloading and installing a desktop app, which was less than optimal. While the desktop player remains, Last.fm now also has a version in Flash that plays inside your browser. It's compact and works pretty much as...

America's Next Top Web Browser

Seeing a bunch of lean code jockeys building the next generation of web browsers is a reality TV show I'd watch. Since that's probably not happening any time soon, I'll take the next best thing: Read/WriteWeb's Web Browser Faceoff, by Alex Iskold. Iskold reviews six of the latest crop of web bowsers: Firefox 2, Internet Explorer 7, Safari, Opera 9, Flock, and Maxthon. I highly recommend reading...

Gickr: Create animated GIFs online

Gickr is a cool web app that lets you quickly created animated GIFs without leaving the comfort of your web browser. Gickr has two modes: The first mode lets you grab frames for your animation directly from Flickr. Just enter a Flickr username and/or tag and your pictures will pop up, then you can include the ones you want to include in the animation. The second mode lets you upload images from...

New iFilm beta online

iFilm, grandfather-in-spirit to the current crop of booming video sites, has quiety launched a totally revamped beta version of the site at beta.ifilm.com. The new site is a breath of fresh air compared to the outdated, cluttered, graphics-heavy site of yore. The navigation is much-improved and all videos now play an embedded Flash player, finally! iFilm was acquired a year ago by MTV Networks...

Wallpapr: Find free photo wallpapers on Flickr

Looking to update your desktop wallpaper? Having trouble finding anything good. Ask Wallpapr to find something for you. It's a nice, simple Ajax app that will spit out a bunch of photo wallpapers from Flickr's Wallpapers pool on command. Just enter a tag (e.g. clouds, skyline, food, whatever you're into) and click on 20, 40, or 100 to get that many thumbnails, or leave the tag field blank and...

WebSnapr: Quick and easy web site thumbnails

I've long been on the fence about whether seeing a thumbnail picture of a web site actually gives me any useful information about the site, but I know a cool web service when I see it and WebSnapr is pretty cool. It's a service aimed at developers and more technical users that generates thumbnails quickly and easily given a URL like images.websnapr.com/?url=www.example.com. This makes it easy for...

Domjax: Another Ajax domain search tool

Ajax domain search has been done before, but nevertheless I'm fond of Domjax's shiny interface. Like other services, it pulls up domain information as you type, but presents rather more information in a nice, clean interface. In addition to telling you if the domain name you enter is available with any TLD and giving you three registrar options, Domjax also shows SEO tools like Google and Yahoo!...

Joe's Logbook: Take goals to the next level

Awhile back I wrote about Joe's Goals, a super-streamlined site for keeping track of your daily goals. I've been meaning to post about it again, because though I liked the site immediately, it wasn't until about a month later that I started really using it and discovering how incredibly useful it is. Now Ian Smith, the "Joe" of Joe's Goals, has launched Joe's Logbook, a companion site that's...