Mahalo

Jason Calacanis’ secret “Project X” has finally launched and it’s called Mahalo. It’s a human-powered search engine, meaning anyone can supposedly suggest helpful results for search keywords. And if your searches are good enough, you can get paid as a reward. The interface, despite its pastel/Hawaiian/nature-loving look, seems to behave more like a highly customized […]

Tags: Related:

Wakoopa

It’s no longer enough that you declare every little thing you’re doing right now. Wakoopa wants you to download an unobtrusive piece of software, track the programs you use, and send that information to their website. Sounds a lot like spyware, right? These days they call it “software gone social”. And I can’t blame them […]

Tags: Related:

Jaiku

If Twitter likens its service to the twittering tweets of a bird, then Jaiku likens its own to, well, haiku. Not that Jaiku is an exact replica of Twitter, though. You can not only micro/nano-blog, you can also add other online presences of yours: blog feeds, Flickr photos, del.icio.us bookmarks, or anything else that carries […]

Tags: Related:

Twitter

Brevity is the soul of (T)WIT(ter): Jack gave our acceptance speech which went exactly like this, “We’d like to thank you in 140 characters or less. And we just did!” That’s at the SXSW Web Awards 2007, where Twitter easily won. Everyone and anyone who’s a blogger should stop whining right this instant about people […]

Tags: Related:

Fauxto

You’d think online photo editing software are nothing compared to the top guns of Adobe, Corel, and Open Source. You obviously haven’t met Fauxto. It’s got a rich interface with the help of Flash and if you weren’t keen enough you’d think it was the online Photoshop program Adobe has announced. There’s nothing “fake” about […]

Tags: Related:

Scribd

Who said all the viral fun that distracts us from “work” can only be found in videos? For everything else, there’s Scribd. Of course, the main idea of Scribd isn’t really to archive all the distracting readables, but to archive documents in general, with the classic Web 2.0 twist: Digg-style voting. Sure, in the midst […]

Tags: Related:

Renkoo

Unlike sites like MySpace, Friendster, or FaceBook, Renkoo assumes you have a life. And that you already have real-life, offline friends. To top it all off, it encourages you and your friends to meet in real life, offline. So now the only thing left to do is agree on what to do, as well as […]

Tags: Related:

Wesabe

There are websites that help you spend money. Ones that know you’re scared to use that credit card but make it perfectly painless to add items to a virtual shopping cart and head to checkout even before registering your personal details. You’re broke. And squirming at the thought that your name and number intercepted and […]

Tags: Related:

Grouptivity

If you want collaboration without the instant messengers, conference calls, and other alienating interfaces, try plain-old HTML forms. Assign tasks, make surveys, share lists, turn events into reality. If you’re daunted by melding a group of heterogeneous mindsets into one well-oiled machine, Grouptivity could be a modest solution for you. I wonder how many people […]

Tags: Related:

Fedafi

These self-appointed “RSS Guys” at Fedafi provide a bunch of RSS-related tools fit for any self-respecting blogger (or feed publisher). They’ve got stat-checking, advertising, and banner exchange all for free, but their flagship product, the RSS Generator (for websites that don’t generate feeds), is for-a-fee. (And that’s the business plan right there.) Sounds like they’re […]

Tags: Related:

Bandwagon, formerly known as Xacktunes

Bandwagon is up! From the Flickr of avlack. Get a free online music backup account for Bandwagon if you blog about it and post the logo before February 22 PST. Actually, “online music backup” is a loose term since they’re only open to OS X (10.4) + iTunes users, so that’s probably why they dropped […]

Tags: Related:

IMified

Where IM stands for Instant Messenger. Where, if you haven’t figured that out by now, you probably wouldn’t “get it”. IMified is actually descriptive of the web service, for a change, but still creates a non-existent name in the process. The proposal: do everything from inside an IM window. Befriend imified and start noting, reminding, […]

Tags: Related:

Musicovery

Tune your online radio listening experience with a rainbow of moods and genres. It’s your choice to be positive, energetic, calm, or dark when you flip that virtual switch, or switch that virtual taste. Funky relational map—where that current song playing belongs in the scheme of themes—included. Play around and explore it for more Musicoveries. […]

Tags: Related:

Zillow

The word Zillow doesn’t exactly convey images of dream houses and land parcels, but at least they made sure they had an explanation for it. Now how tricky should virtual buying and selling of real estate should be? The Z-language ought to help, so they say. And while not as cushy as the letter P, […]

Tags: Related:

Urbis

Practically everybody’s a writer these days and it’s fairly easy to see the W-word tagged on countless About Me’s just because one is blogging. But if you haven’t tried serializing your novel in a blog yet, or NaNoWriMo just isn’t your thing, you might be interested in peer review 2.0. (It’s a bit disappointing that […]

Tags: Related:

Phrazr

Here’s a source of profoundess that’s befitting of the end of 2006. If you’re looking for answers to age-old mysteries such as the essence of life, this site might be of help. Of course, the one-liners contained in these scrolls are not written by unknown deities but equally puny beings who dream of becoming immortalized […]

Tags: Related:

A Web 2.0 Soap Opera

In one of the more popular areas of the webosphere (slash blogosphere), a soap opera has just bubbled up. This involves Mr. Web 2.0, who dissed the New York Times, much to the dismay of fellow A-list bloggers. Unlike most soap operas, though, there is no love triangle, long-lost child, and not even a Cinderella […]

Tags: Related:

Curbly

Sometimes, people actually make web applications for real life. Here’s a community that lets you share tips and ask advice on DIY-ing your way to a better home: Curbly. With the Web 2.0 philosophy of user-generated content, it’s very easy to make a site that lets its users help one another. Always a win-win situation, […]

Tags: Related:

Wishlistr

Christmas season nears and we want a Web 2.0 wishlist. No, not a revamp of the Amazon feature that’s ever so popular with so many personal sites. We want lightning-fast response (AJAX), custom templates (ala MySpace), and a tried and tested naming strategy for the service (Flickr). Score: 7/51; Formula: Bastardized English: Vowel Drop; Circle […]

Tags: Related:

Zamzar

There are hardly any decent file converters out there: you know, ones that don’t bring along a plethora of malware into your system, or ones that cause you to bring a plethora of malware into your system yourself because you’re forced use a crack for it to work properly. But the web is making software […]

Tags: Related:

Thinkature

Video conferencing. Lunch meeting. Team building. Collaboration software. Virtual campfires. When will the madness end? It won’t. Because the minds of at least two people conversing back and forth are completely different, effective communication will always be an issue. The Internet convinces us its platform is highly attractive for creating real-time spaces for communicating the […]

Tags: Related:

Instructables

Like asking, life gets easier if you have a cheatsheet for just about anything. It’s even nicer if it’s in a step-by-step list, just like a clear recipe for a yummy dish. And finally, it gets the Web 2.0 seal of approval when it becomes shareable and commentable. (“Social” is cliche.) But will you let […]

Tags: Related:

Crickee

“The more it’s free, the less you pay!” “Cracking” the origin of your company name isn’t all that interesting if you started out with a mascot in mind. Of course, a bug is qwerky in itself. And hey, who doesn’t want a potentially free cricket, er, lunch, er, SMS?

Tags: Related:

Eskwela

This, my friends, is a straight-up review, which may not have been built in the typically Qwerky fashion, but definitely belongs here. Eskwela.com is one of the first Web 2.0 applications developed by Filipinos for Filipinos. (Many people argue about the definition of Web 2.0, and many others wave it off as a mere buzzword, […]

Tags: Related:

Blufr

“Bruising your ego one bluff at a time.” Rare are Web 2.0-ish games around here. If you’re quite the nerd (or geek—people like to make the distinction) then maybe the posts won’t surprise you anymore. But maybe the appeal is in a 50 percent chance of getting calling the bluff. When you get it wrong, […]

Tags: Related:

More Qwerky Names