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Mockingbird is a fantastic in-browser tool for creating website wireframes

Sometimes you've got an idea in your head for a website or page layout, or even for an application. But then you need to somehow get it out of your head and actually look at it, or show it to someone. While drawing on the back of a napkin is a time-honored strategy, that is not always ideal because you can't edit your drawing later, and it may be difficult to share. Mockingbird is like a...

Favimon lets you collect and do battle with your favorite Web sites -- Time Waster

Ah, Pokemon. Your collect-train-battle cuteness is a guilty pleasure for so many geeks. But wouldn't it be nice if we had an alternative to the cutesy little monsters (no offense, Squirtle)? Matthew Hollett thinks so, and he decided to create one for all of us to enjoy. Witness: Favimon! You'll begin the battle by collecting Favimon's own favicon, and you can then begin searching for other...

Zingaya lets website visitors voice call you instantly

Ever since I started working with Olark, I have come to realize the value of real-time customer interaction. Being able to talk to customers and help them out when they need something gives me a very real sense of both what people are looking for on the site and who our customers are. Zingaya takes this idea one step further. You get a "Call" widget for your site. Users can simply click the...

Test your browser's HTML5 prowess with the HTML5 test

The HTML5 test gives you one huge, bold number denoting your browser's HTML5 support level. Simplicity is the key here: you just get a number. The number you see above is for Chrome Canary. Firefox 3.6.8 (my browsing workhorse) only scored 139 (and 4 bonus points). It's important to understand that this is not a benchmark. It doesn't use any of the HTML5 features to render anything; the browser...

Google releases list of 1,000 largest websites, lets advertisers target those sites

If you're an advertiser, you can now use Google's DoubleClick Ad Planner to exclusively target the 1,000 largest websites on the Internet. If you're a mere enthusiast -- or a nerd -- you can now feast your eyes upon an updated-monthly list of the largest domains on the Web. Unlike 'guesstimate' sites like Alexa, Google uses its sticky, all-encompassing web of data sources (Google Toolbar,...

Viviti is a compelling CMS + host for beginners

Similar to recently covered Lifeyo, Viviti is a CMS for people starting out with their first website. The concept is very similar, and the execution is quite nice. You build your page out of drag-and-drop "blocks", which are high-level components. You can drop in a blog, a feedback form, a PayPal payment widget, and also arbitrary HTML and Javascript code. You start off with a template,...

Lifeyo is an incredible content management system for newbies

Lifeyo is an incredible content management system for someone just trying to put together their first website. The whole system is very web2.0, but they manage to pull off this design cliché in a way which is actually useful -- all the dialogs are sensibly laid out, and the large fonts and bright colors actually make the system less intimidating to use. Their business model is also...

CodeOrgan plays your website's tune, and it sounds better than you'd expect

What does your website sound like? Now there's a new way to find out. I'm not talking about GeoCities-style autoplaying midis, here, I'm talking about CodeOrgan. CodeOrgan is a new web-based toy that turns the source code of your page into a synthesized jam. I expected it to do grievous damage to my ears, but CodeOrgan actually generates fairly listenable results. The new theme song for...

So your web host is retiring: How to back-up and move forward

On Monday, AOL (Weblogs Inc.'s parent company) announced that they are shutting down the AOL Hometown and AOL Journals services. AOL Journals members will be able to migrate to a new service, but AOL Hometown users have been instructed to back-up their files and prepare to go somewhere else. There have also been reports (but Wikipedia is the source, so keep that in mind) that Yahoo! GeoCties has...

mooColorFinder finds web colors

If you're in the business of pirating colors from websites, then mooColorFinder is here to help you. Just type in a web address (say, your favorite blog) and mooColorFinder will return the colors used on that website. The colors are display as little tiles of color; which you can then mouse over to get the hex color. Now, we should note that this web service doesn't seem to always work...

Webnode: create your own Web 2.0 site

Similar to Doodlekit, Webnode is a free (no ads) website creation tool aimed at helping web design novices get a modern-looking website online in minutes. Once you've registered for a Webnode account, you're asked to choose a title and slogan for your new site. Then you select a template and start adding content. Webnode uses a common modular system which allows you to drag content areas to...

Sharing stuff through Google

A new social bookmaking and sharing service has recently had a low profile launch over at Google. Google Shared Stuff. Simply drop a bookmarklet on your browser bar, and click 'Share' when you want to share something that you have come across online. The shared items will then appear on your own unique shared stuff page with descriptions and tags that you associate with the bookmarks. But...

Online ad spends are getting ready to explode

The internet has proved itself for not only a popular playground, but a source of extremely important information and a viable advertising platform. It took a while for brands to realize that the internet is a far better alternative to say newspapers, TV and magazines for better targeting customers but they have. It has been projected that Internet advertising could hit close to $61 billion by...

This is what the web looked like in 1994

Wow. We never thought about it this way before, but if the web still looked like this, you wouldn't need an iPhone with Safari to surf the web on your phone. Remember back when the web was basically text and an occasional logo or product picture on a plain background? And remember when the idea of buying and selling things online was new and kind of scary? This promotional video from 1994 does...

Keep people up to date with mySay

mySay lets friends stay in touch with friends by recording voice updates and dispatching them to friends. The update service works by dialing up a special mySay phone number and saying what you're up to, dropping your latest news, making a statement, or whatever you like. Don't want to use your own voice? Upload an mp3 or have the mySay robots say it for you. Friends can then call in to check...