43 – The Magic Number

43thingslogoWell there’s 43 Things which I’m a huge fan of – a community based around ambitions and things we’d like to do, genius. And really nicely done. Then there’s 43 Places – a community rooted in the places that we’ve visited (or would like to visit). And now there’s 43 People – a community based around the people we’d like to meet.

All the sites are incredibly smartly put together using all the latest Web 2.0 must haves. Robot Co-op I salute your brilliance.

Backstreet Mime-a-long

video previewWho? Why? 2 Chinese dudes, sing along to the Backstreet Boys. It’s funny. It gets funnier as you watch it for longer. The guy in the background appears to be just going about his business, unperturbed by the maniacs freaking out to boy-pop behind him.

Via BoingBoing via the Today Show via Sina.com.cn – yoiks that’s a lot of via-ing.

Collaborative writing online

Collaborative writing software online with Writeboard. Write, share, revise, compare. Well that’s what they say! It really is a lovely little collaborative app – great if you’re trying to do the old ‘to and fro’ with a bit of copy.

Those 37 signals chaps really do produce some cracking stuff. Check Backpack and Ta-da lists too.

Powerpoint Tip

MS Office Tip: Black out your Powerpoint Slideshow this really is a top tip. If you’re doing a PowerPoint presentation (I know that it’s pretty much like handling the wand of satan, but lots of us have to do it), and you want people to stop staring at the screen like ritalin-laced teenagers whacked out on MTV. Just hit B, the screen goes blank. hit B again, the pres comes back. Simple, but useful. Like the site I pinched the tip from – Lifehacker

BugMeNot.com

bugmenot.com logoAfter running around excitedly telling everyone how much I love BugMeNot, someone told me I’m way behind the curve on this one. I was slightly crestfallen for about a nanosecond, then I remembered that I’d just found one of the most useful and brilliant things ever. BugMeNot.com – is a user generated database of logins and passwords for registration websites.

OK, so it’s morally reprehensible, and if I use your site more than once I promise I will still register properly, so they you can get my demographics, opt-in permissions, etc. But for that one little article that I want to read once, it’s a huge timesaver. Comes into its own when you install the bookmarklet.

The State of the Blogosphere

David Sifry (the founder of Technorati) gives his view on the state (and size) of the blogosphere. Some interesting numbers in there. Perhaps naively I had no idea of the scale of fake blogs as used by spammers.

It’s true that you learn a new thing every day. Tangentially, The thing I learned yesterday is that a key part of ‘The Knowledge’ that London cab drivers have to go through is a test of temperament. If you’re a moody git, you fail. I reckon some of them need retesting ;-)

Growing pains for social bookmarking?

Broadband Stars – Covering the social media revolution: Growing pains ahead for social bookmarking? Interesting comment on the growth of web 2.0 apps and how the democratisation of them may ultimately lead to problems. Also refers to the ‘old guard’ worrying about non-geeks co-opting their technology. Strikes me that one of the beauties of tagging is that if geeks want to keep their links (or whatever) pure, all they’d need to do is add special tags that only their acceptible community know and use. Thus weeding out tags of the great unwashed.

Smacks a bit of elitism to me though. But I guess being able to slice information based on who’s submitted it is a key part of social software. It’ll be interesting to watch anyway…

Also liking the use of del.icio.us for reader submissions (see coolhunting.com for examples.

Mk Gr8 T

SMS kettle: best invention ever? – maybe not, but it is the invention that we’ve been waiting for! Ever since the launch of Teabuddy.com we’ve been waiting to complete the loop, to enable the site to turn the kettle on. Now we have it…

Where can I buy one? (update: according to shinyshiny they’re hitting the shops in January.) Tea-riffic!