Week 8: Online Applications & Tools

One of the most interesting “2.0” developments is the proliferation of web-based applications. These applications allow you to do many of the things you used to need software to do — things like creating or editing a Word document, spreadsheet or presentation, creating or editing an image file, chatting online via instant messaging, and even keeping track of your book collection! The best part? None of these applications require a download! Most simply require you to register with the site and login in order to use the tools.

For this week, we have just one activity for you: take a look at one (or more!) of these online applications and write a blog post about your impressions of the application(s) you explored. Here’s the list of applications:

  • Google Docs & Spreadsheets: a neat online alternative to MS Office and other productivity software applications. Google Docs and Spreadsheets includes a word processor and a lightweight spreadsheet application that allows you to create and edit Word and Excel files online!
  • Zoho: a full-featured suite of applications for creating word files, spreadsheets, presentations, wikis, calendars, databases, and more!
  • ThinkFree: another online productivity suite, ThinkFree has tools to create word files, spreadsheets and presentations.
  • Basecamp: a web-based project management application that allows you to manage everything from to-do lists to workflows to project milestones.
  • Rollyo: OK, this one doesn’t really have a “1.0” equivalent, but it’s so cool that we just had to throw it in! Rollyo allows you to “roll your own search engine”! Simply register for an account, login, and create a “searchroll” made up of all your favourite search engines.
  • meebo: an online instant messaging tool that works with your existing IM accounts on MSN, Yahoo!, AIM and Google Talk. Message your friends & colleagues right from your browser!
  • Snipshot: a really simple online image editor that allows you to resize, enhance, crop and rotate images online.
  • fd’s Flickr Toys: if you have a Flickr account, the image tools here provide opportunities for endless enjoyment & creativity!
  • RedKid.net: this one is just for fun! Create a billboard, highway sign, banner, or avatar of your own (and put it your blog for the rest of us to see!).
  • LibraryThing: got books? Need to organize them? Want to see what other people (who have the same books as you) are reading? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you definitely want to check out LibraryThing!
  • LastFM: build your own, personalized radio station and listen to your favourite music online!

Have fun exploring these applications (remember: you don’t have to look at them all!) and don’t forget to blog about your impressions of the application(s) you explored!

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