Friday, November 30, 2007

Website Heatmapping

Want to know what areas on your website your visitors are clicking on the most or the least? Want to see this visually, not just in number of clicks? These two new services can overlay colored areas on your website from hot to cold to visually indicate what users are clicking on. It's very cool.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Drive-Thru Outsourcing

The next time you go thru a drive-thru at your local fast-food place, don't think that person on the intercom is inside the store. Chances are they could be half-way around the world in India. This new service is already being tested by Wendy's. The foreigner takes your order via VOIP and sends it to the store's kitchen monitor for fulfillment.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Add Buttons to Your Ads seeks to equip business owners with a quick and easy way to add "clickable actions" to their online ads. These "clickable actions" are initialized at the click of a button and include such actions as:
Send this ad via text messaging
Send this ad via email
Send this ad via IM
Call the retailer via a free phone call
Print this ad
Place this ad on your social network

This is a very interesting concept which will enable users to take along any advertisement they see on the web inside their phone or PDA. See their DEMO video. It sounds like a more general service then

Biz Action, Not Biz Plan seeks to equip you with the online tools to execute your business instead of documenting your business plan. When you get a team together for working on your idea, you may want to use a set of tools like theirs.

Learn Mandarin: Use LiveMocha

I just signed up with to learn Mandarin with the help of a social network, and it is all free. It has lessons and real people you can converse with.

More How-to Videos

This one is worth noting the next time you are looking for something fun to do. These videos show you how to do a ton of different things, just about anything.

Ript: Desktop Scrapbooking

You have to download and install this app to appreciate what it does. The interface is dead simple. Just drag and drop pictures into the pile icon which always sits on top of your browser or any other Windows app. You can move it around. To customize your "scrapbook" just double click on it and the app will open for you to rearrange, resize, etc. all the images you have dropped into it. Add text and do more.

Multiculture Social Network

With this new service you can create your own multi-cultural social network. It's an interesting concept and I'm not sure what they are doing to facilitate communication between different languages. It is worth keeping track of this service to see what they come up with.

Monday, November 19, 2007

CakeMail: Email Marketing 2.0

This service is another white label email marketing tool by which anyone can become an email marketing service. The service is similar to which I previously blogged.

Another DIY T-shirt Store

Here is yet another design your own t-shirt service, like threadless, zazzle, etc.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Joopz 2-way Web-to-SMS

With this new service you can send text messages from the web and receive replies back on the same webpage. The text conversations can go back and forth and are automatically archived. One of their plans costs $2.96 per month for unlimited text messaging.
DEMO review

Search Thru Your Social Networks

This new service seeks to turn your search into searching for the info through your establish social network. Because social networks are so immense, it assumes what you are looking for is already on someone else's page, blog, etc. I think they have done a very good job of simplifying this kind of search into a very easy to use interface.
DEMO review


Need service and can't get through to any merchant? Go online. Enter your phone number and the category of service you seek. FastCall411 does a local search and calls all the matching merchants. Each merchant hears the FastCall411 promo and that a customer needs service. The first merchant who takes your call gets connected to you.

DEMO review
Online video demo

Big Apple Mobile Coupons is collecting specials from all businesses in NYC and sending the coupons to your cell via text messaging. All you do is browse for the coupons that interest you and send them to your phone. When you show up at the merchant you show them the text message. One wave of the future are promotions via text messaging.

Read the review

Another HTML/CSS Service

Here is yet another service that takes your designs (png, pdf, etc) and converts it to HTML and CSS, saving you lots of time.

The others I have previously talked about are:

Thursday, November 08, 2007

uLocate & Where

Want to write GPS-enable cellphone apps? Partner with uLocate and use their free Where platform, the first no-cost GPS programming platform that can work across multiple phones and carriers. Here is the story on Business 2.0

Tag Clouds Gallery

Examples and good practices for using Tag Clouds, very useful for whenever I get around to using tags on my site.

Tag Clouds Gallery

Top 100 Mac Apps

I just think this list could be useful someday when I get a Mac. The trouble is they are more expensive, bur they are superior.
Top 100 Mac Apps

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Chumby

The Chumby is a new tiny device which rotates internet content in a small screen. It's almost like having a digital frame with rotating photos, only this thing can rotate more than just photos. I found out about it from an online eseminar about Flash Lite for devices. The Chumby is also powered by Flash Lite and all its content runs under Flash Lite, which is also powering more mobile content on phones.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

TextBack 4 Textbooks

I ran into this at and thought their write up on it is really good. So here is what they have to say about this new service called

College students today know they can save money buying textbooks online. They go to the campus bookstore and write down ISBN numbers for their courses. But do they know for certain they wrote down the correct ISBN? They joke about it on their web site, humorously naming a condition "Chronic ISBN Transposition", as if it was some kind of disease. Seriously though you can write down the wrong number or switch number positions which is transposing. Therefore you have the wrong ISBN and will have to go back to the campus bookstore. TextBack has made it easy. While in the bookstore simply send keyword "ISBN" followed by the 10 digit ISBN number to short code 4INFO (44636). Isn't it better to text the ISBN to confirm you have the right textbook when you go online? After you send a text message they store the book on the website in a mobile cart so can purchase online from Amazon Market Place. They also send you a text with online pricing and the title. Giving you confidence knowing you have the right textbook. You don't have to sign up or join. More importantly, you don't have to give them your cell phone number. They place a numeric code in their response messages. All you need do is enter the code on the site and they will display all of the books for you. The system is good for any book not just textbooks. Technical professionals can use the system for those expensive tech books too.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Blogger and Podcaster

I just thought this site I ran into may be worthwhile keeping up with because they cover everything about Blogs and Podcasts. With their coverage you should be able to have a good understanding of the industry and discover some trends or useful services.


Thursday, November 01, 2007

iPhone Success

I recently read the iPhone could very soon overtake the Motorola RAZR as the best-selling phone ever. Here is the story on Forbes.

I also read that Apple makes about $18 per monht per iPhone from revenue sharing with AT&T. Over the course of a 2 year contract that is about $500 in profit per iPhone. Here is the CNET story.