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Free Games on Yahoo! Games – WordRacer is my Boggle Game of Choice

Following Mark’s post Play games online with, it made me realize that I’ve been using free web games for the past 5 years through Yahoo! Games. However, by games, I really mean that my game of choice is WordRacer. WordRacer is a fast paced, online multi-player Boggle type game, that is thoroughly addictive and I’d assume great for your brain. Also helps out with your Scrabble game. Always at least 300+ challengers ready, so what are you waiting for?

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The 19+ Social Network Aggregator List

Alright everybody, I’ve tried at least 10 of these, and I was going to go on a site by site basis and rank each one, but to be quite honest there are too many different factors involved that this post would’ve been 5+ pages long, so here it is, my list…

  1. 8Hands
  3. Fuser
  4. HypeIt
  5. Minggl
  6. MyLifeBrand
  7. Naymz
  8. OtherEgo
  9. Profilactic
  10. Profileomat
  11. Profilefly
  12. Profilelinker
  13. Snag
  15. Socialurl
  16. Spokeo
  17. Tabber
  18. Upscoop
  19. Zoolit

COMMENTERS! Please help choose the top 5 of the following Social Network Aggregator Sites by basing your votes on the following criteria:

  • A) Actual Amount of Networks Supported – we’re looking for 1 of these to be the 1 we use, otherwise we’ll need a Social Network Aggregator Aggregator
  • B) Actual Functionality of the Integrated Networks – I obviously just don’t want to see all my friends from all my networks and then that’s that, I want more!
  • C) Ease of Use – Could the 12 year olds on Facebook and MySpace work it?
  • D) Trustworthy Status -will the site accidentally lose all your usernames and passwords
  • E) Aesthetics – Does it look sexy?

Originally posted as Guest Writer on MakeUseOf

I Make Use Of: Microsoft Live Writer Beta

Live Writer

I have been using Microsoft’s Live Writer (Beta) for over 2 months now and I love it. My main reason that I probably use it for is that it’s not web-based. This allows me to work whenever I want on it, without browsing from one site to the other and fears of losing any information (WLW saves drafts just like MS Word). My other main reason for using it is that it allows me to publish to 2 blogs at the same time, with minimal steps

My favorite aspects and features:

  • Screenshot for Live Writer So Easy to use and Setup
  • Easily publish to any of my blogs from the same window
  • Offline and on my Desktop
  • Configures Automatically to your blogs settings (HTML and CSS)
  • Plugins (like Insert Flickr pictures)
  • Pinging Services included

Features Requests (or what I would want in the non-Beta version):

  • Sync Over Computers (between work and home, my Drafts and recently posted aren’t the same)
  • Publish to 2 blogs at the same time (right now I just switch, change category and publish, but I’m lazy).


10 Other Web 2.0 Application Directories

In response to my previous post about MakeUseOf’s Directory is definitely a Web 2.0 application directory competitor, I have compiled (after several hours of weeding various ‘directories’ out) my comprehensive list of 10 other Web 2.0 application directories.

  1. SimpleSpark – Well maintained and informative lists, also lists competitor options for each app
  2. KillerStartups – Digg like features, thorough analysis, polls, screenshots and more 
  3. Go2Web2.0 – Mass logo layout with brief descriptions, Search function and Tag Cloud
  4. All Things Web 2.0 – Sorted by user ratings with short descriptions, well categorized
  5. NeoBinaries – Massive lists with community ratings and reviews
  6. FeedMyApp – Categorized thumbnail screenshots, with only minimal description
  7. Listio’s Everything Web 2.0 – Sort by tags, votes, brief descriptions
  8. ReflexZ’s Applications – Small list, voting, medium descriptions
  9. The Web 2.0 Directory – Categorized, comprehensive, short descriptions
  10. Web 2.0 List – Sort by tags, brief descriptions 

 Originally posted as Guest Writer on MakeUseOf

YouTube Desktop Finally allows me to Download Videos Properly

YouTube Desktop Logo I have been trying for several weeks now to successfully download a video on YouTube of my friend. I probably used about 15 different “Video Downloading” programs and sites. However, even the best of the Firefox extensions and New Website didn’t save the video properly for me to export into Microsoft Video Creator, so I could mess with the video. Finally (although it didn’t work properly through IE, I had to switch to Firefox), YouTubeDesktop allowed me to save the video properly. Anyways, FYI, here is their “Welcome E-mail”:


YouTube Desktop is incredibly cool with a modern design and terrific dynamic web application for searching, watching and downloading videos from the richest online video archive YouTube.

This is basically adding functionality and experience to what  ‘should be’ there. The possibilities of the site reach far beyond that. It gives you the chance to create your own environment for watching video clips, saving them and sharing them with friends.


Designing YouTubeDesktop we followed one primary idea – to bring normal desktop application experience to the browser – windows that can be dragged, resized, minimized in a tray, drag’n’drop of videos between players and results, standard menus – all with one goal – to make the richest web application for viewing and managing video content! You will be amazed by the flexibility and fabulous design of the website. It is user friendly and easy to navigate but also has great functionality.


+ The REAL Web 2.0 Experience

+ Interface, designed to be used just like every other desktop application

+ Fast flexible searching, displaying the results with option to resize them, so you can use the site even when sitting in your sofa and watching on a plasma TV – will look just as perfect!

+ Managing Playlist – create and save any video to watch later or share them with friends!

+ Watching multiple videos at the same time – you can have more than one player open – all made easy using standard functionality – dragging and resizing the windows, minimizing them within the tray – never been easier!

+ Download Videos as avi, mp4 (ipod), mov, 3gp (mobile), wmv, flv, exe (built in standalone player) – all converted on the fly. That gives you the chance to save all your favourite videos on your computer and watch them whenever you want.

+ Drag and Drop interaction – Allows you to drag videos around to create a new player or playlist.

+ Change themes – set the way the site looks according to your mood

+ Share videos with friends – send url’s and recommend videos to friends through e-mail

+ View your recently played videos.

+ View Adult Content

+ And there are many more features we are about to add soon!

All these options guarantee you a pleasant experience and a lot of fun with your favourite YouTube video clips.

4 Free Webcam Online Photobooth Like Web Applications

Well, I must admit although I don’t have a Mac, a main reason I’d like one is for Photobooth. However, luckily I have found 4 comparable FREE web based applications that are pretty much Photobooth. So, enjoy and if you find others, please let me know…

Cameroid Logo 

Options are: Color

Cameroid Color Options


Cameroid Morph Options


Cameroid Scene Options

SIGOST (.com)

Options are: Colors

Sigost Color Options


Sigost Effects Options


Options are: Colors

Seenly Color Options

Seenly Color Options 2


Seenly Effects Options


Phozi Logo

Phozi is NOT really at all like Photobooth, mainly because it lacks the “effects” side of the application, however, there are THEMED backgrounds and “Stamps”:

Phozi Theme Options

Phozi Toon Frame Options Phozi Stamp Options

That’s it, I’m sure there are more out there, but the first 2, Sigost and Cameroid seem to be the best FREE webcam applications like Photobooth. Anybody have any other suggestions?

MakeUseOf Definitely a Web 2.0 Directory Competitor

As I am a Guest Writer on MakeUseOf (.com), I thoroughly checked out the site. After always subscribing to the main feed and has just recently added myself to the Web 2.0 Directory Updates Feed, I know have a great comprehensive look at the Newest Web 2.0 FREE Applications Directory. Anybody have any other similar sites to add? Feel free to comment, so we can compile a great Directory of Web 2.0 Directories…

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