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Communication Tools


Bulletin boards and forums


Corkboard.me will instantly set you up with a page that you can use there and then. Type in your notes, move them around, link to images and so on. Share it with friends and let them collaborate as well. It's very basic in comparison with some other resources that are out there, but it's quick and simple, and that's always a good thing.


Lefora looks rather interesting. They'll create and host your bulletin board/forum for you. You can custom it, they'll catch spam, you can moderate however you wish, nothing to download - create newsletters, use widgets - looks very impressive.


micromobs Real time messaging for your groups. This is a group messaging service and is the easiest way to manage and communicate with multiple groups. micromobs presents your group messages as a stream of content which means you can chose which messages to respond to and which messages to skim over or ignore. This means your group messages will no longer clutter your inbox, and you wont need to go to different websites to interact with your various social groups. It's kind of a group FriendFeed from what I can tell.


ProBoards Free Remotely Hosted Message Boards. This looks to be of interest if you want to run a bulletin board but don't want to have to do it yourself.


QuickTopic: free message board hosting (bulletin boards). Set up a page for yourself or your website.


Qhub A simple way to create a Q&A website. This is a system to allow anybody to build a Q&A website in minutes. Simply choose a Qhub name and address to build your very own Q&A site.


Shapado is a Q&A software and Shapado.com is a hosting service that allows anyone to create his own Q&A site for free in less than 8 seconds.



Chat boxes


BlahTherapy. This is one of a few similar resources. You log on, either as a listener or as a ventor, and then you just... chat with some random stranger. The idea according to their site is "Talking about your problems can help you to spot things that are causing problems in your life. A person with a different perspective on your situation can help you decide how to fix the problems you are having, and how to deal with the things you can’t fix" What itmeans in practice is that the first 3 people that you talk to want to discuss the short comings of their sex lives. Very dull indeed. I see no point to it at all.


Bold Chat. Commercial, corporate product.


Bravenet Free Live Chat Service. Another from the Bravenet stable.


Campfire Now Business chat, file sharing, group decision making: Good for group chatting, simple file sharing, sharing images and code.


Cbox. Freebie, but with premium functionality.


Chatango. Make a box. Chat in it.


Chatcat for adding real time chat to your website.


Chatterous - group chat using the web, IM, email or phone. Use existing communication tools, no registration required, multiple platforms.


ChatWING is real time, lightweight and free.


Chatzy - Start Quick Chat. Good alternative to traditional chat sites. No registration, free, no popup ads, no installation, any pc and through corporate firewalls.


Live Person. Commercial, corporate product.


Neat Chat! is the easiest and fastest way to have an online conversation with a group of friends or colleagues. No signups or software installs are required. You simply use a web browser to communicate via Neat Chat. What is so appealing about Neat Chat? The process of starting a chat session and inviting people is dead easy! To start a chat session, all you need to do is go to their homepage, enter your nickname, and click the Start Group button. Once you do that, your chat session is started, and your browser loads the session's chat room. You then invite people by sending them the URL of the chat room. When your invitees access the URL, they enter the chat room to chat with you. It is as simple as that!


Nurph. Real-Time Chat on Your Website.. Well, this is simple enough. Nurph (no idea where that comes from) a url from the site or a bookmark, get it to load up at their site, and it automatically adds in a chat box. You could use this with colleagues or students to take them around a site and to chat about it - you login into chat via Twitter. Looks very nice, straightforward and simple to use.


Omegle doesn't have the 'therapy' pretensions of BlahTherapy - it's just a random chat room with either text or video. All my conversations started with the other random person asking 'asl?' short for age, sex, location and an answer of anything other than 'young blonde teen girl gagging for it' means you get cut off immediately while the sad man goes to find someone else (probably another equally sad man) to uh... discuss fantasies with.


Simple Meet Me get a code to start a room, or use a code to enter one.


TALKI The easiest way to embed a forum. Unlimited posting, Unlimited members, 15 recent topics 5 forums, API access. Pop it onto your site with a single line of code. Looks nice.


Tawea is Facebook chat for websites.


Talky is truly simple video chat and screen sharing for small groups.


TinyChat.com - Create a free chatroom The TinyChat resource works very quickly and easily - it will create a room for you and you can just dive in. It also works in conjunction with Twitter, and invites you to use your Twitter name. However, the downside is that if you use your Twitter name it takes control of your account and posts a message on your behalf to say you're chatting, which I think is really out of order. There are also no admin controls, so if someone unsavoury should manage to get in there's little to be done about it, short of leaving and creating a new room.


TodaysMeet to enhance classrooms, enable discussions and empower students.


Wireclub is for free online chat rooms.


Zoho Chat - Make Group Decisions Faster. Instant messaging, group chatting, archive conversations, share with others.



Instant Messaging


EBuddy Web and mobile messaging, for everyone everywhere


Gaim. A multi-protocol instant messaging (IM) client


IMO is a web instant messenger that helps you IM, voice chat, and video conference using multiple instant messaging protocols. Imo is free and requires no sign up.


Twitter If you're not using it - you should!


Zoom is a web and video conferencing service.



Video conferencing


Anymeeting is an all in one conference solution for your small business.


Elluminate vRoom. What you get is: Two-way VoIP, Interactive whiteboard, Application sharing, File transfer, Synchronized web tour, Live webcam. What you can do is: Meet online with up to three people.


Cloudcasting - your own internet TV channel which is simple and effective. Commercial.


Hall brings your team together to chat, share files, create groups and so on.


Knovio creates, tracks and shares online presentations


Meetingburner for webinars and screen sharing.


Meetings to join meetings on the move.


Mikogo Free Remote Desktop, Web Conferencing & Online Meetings. Looking to host an online meeting without paying through the teeth? Look no further. Mikogo is a free desktop sharing tool full of features to assist you in conducting the perfect online meeting or web conference. Take advantage of the opportunity to share any screen content or application over the Internet in true color quality with up to 10 participants simultaneously, while still sitting at your desk. Mikogo can be employed for a range of professional, academic, or personal uses.


NCH Software Live Video Broadcast Software Stream and broadcast live video via www.nchsoftware.com

    Add live or recorded video to your website

    Compress and stream video for the Internet

    Video streams play in all popular browsers

    Broadcast from webcams or video input       


The free version is available if you link to it from your site, and the commercial version is between $49-$99 which looks a good price to me!


spreed: FREE Web Conferencing. For up to three people. Live audio/video, present PPT and Office docs, screen sharing, integrated telephone conferencing, live recording, white board. Commercial version available for 4+


Miscellaneous communication tools


Campayn is email marketing for small businesses for 2000 people free.


Hellofax sends and receives faxes from anywhere. What the hell is a fax?


International Dialing Codes. Don't know what the dialling code for a country or region is? This site should tell you.


Message Board. This is from cl1p, so it's good. It's a quick, simple and cheerful message board. Nothing fancy, but worth taking a peek at.


Online Stickies - lino. This is a nice interpretation of an existing concept. It allows you to create a wall, and pop up sticky notes on it, in the form of words, video, links to files, a calendar option and so on. You can leave them public or keep them private. Very like Wallwisher, but I think I prefer this resource.


Pageflipflap for online free flash pageflipper flipbooks.


PinDax offers a fun real-time alternative to the traditional message board. Post text, images, files and polls in real-time, No download needed, runs in the browser, Customizable widgets integrate into your site, Get notification when there are new messages, Create groups and profiles, Search your posts, Send posts via E-Mail, Chat with other members, Add categories and feeds to your board


Rattlebox – free ecards. These people make ecards that you can easily embed into a blog, facebook, send blah blah blah. Lots of different ones, different categories, and you customise them.


Smore spreads the word online.


Tumblr. Sort of like a very cut down weblog package.


Voki is a resource whereby you create a character, add in some extras, record your voice (or type text) and create your welcoming little creation that can then be cut and pasted onto various sites.


Network creation


About.me A lot of us have multiple online profiles scattered across various services, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr, and Twitter. And one problem we face is pulling all of this information together to build a single on-line identity — be it for personal use, or to create a professional on-line profile."Our focus is simple, enable you to:1) create a personal, dynamic profile page (think splash page) that points users to your content around the web (versus depending on Google search); and 2) understand how many people see your profile, where they're coming from, and what they do on your page."


Archello Your connection with architecture. It's a social network for people with an interest in architecture. Fancy that. Pictures, people, stories, projects, products, materials, companies, all in an easily tagged format. If you've any interest at all in architecture, this is going to be a site that you'll find interesting to explore.


Classroom 2.0 the social networking site for those interested in Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in education. US based however.


eFamily Your Family Social Network. Connect and share with your extended family. Family tree builder, photos, videos, events, reminders and so on.


Grou.ps A sharing platform for social groups. Examples include location mapping, photo sharing, blog collections, link sharing, content editing, personal interests, funds management and messaging.


LinkedIn: Home. Find people, jobs, make new contacts. I use this one myself


LivingSocial enables you to catalog your interests, browse what your friends enjoy, and find others with similar tastes.


Meetup: Organizing Local Interest Groups. What are you interested in? Where do you live? Work out the answers to those questions and meet like minded folk.


Meevr Organize Your Social Networks! is a social networking aggregator allowing you to pull your favorite social profiles into one place. Examples are Vimeo, digg, flickr, Twitter and YouTube. There are apparently more, but you have to sign up to see them.


Nuzzel shows you the information that your friends are sharing.


Ravelry - a knit and crochet community. And er.. that's what it does. Invite only, but you can sign up to be asked.


Rolio for news, business, entertainment, sport, social media and more aggregated into a real time feed.


ShareThis Quick Sharing to MySpace, Email, and More!. Mash Facebook, AIM, MySpace and email contacts into one list.


ShelfProud. It's another social network based on book ownership. Quite why we need it rather puzzles me, but if you want to get into it, looks like the others.


Spruz allows you to create your own website with full member and social features. With Spruz you can create your own social network, blog, business website, or a site about almost anything.


Sqwiggle is a fast and easy way to stay in close contact with your team.


ThatsToday Create groups for friends and family. Create a group in minutes. Share calendars, tasks, news, files and more. Group Task Management. Group Forum, plan and discuss. Shared Calendar with event reminders. Share Documents, Photos and Files.  Blog, Group Messages, Messageboard. RSS Feeds and Web Applications. Member Dashboard and Profile.


Trove informs your world. Information from your friends.


WackWall: Create a social network site FREE. This is very new, and I'm not entirely sure what it is supposed to do, but I'm guessing you can create your own forum/bulletin board/wall and meet and chat with friends.


The Wall Machine This is another fake Facebook Wall maker. You need to log into your Facebook account to use it, but it's very easy to use.


Xing. Create business contacts, market yourself, organise meetings.


Post-it Resources


Just visit Corkboard.me and it'll instantly set you up with a page that you can use there and then. Type in your notes, move them around, link to images and so on. Share it with friends and let them collaborate as well. It's very basic in comparison with some other resources that are out there, but it's quick and simple, and that's always a good thing.


Online Stickies - lino This is a nice interpretation of an existing concept. It allows you to create a wall, and pop up sticky notes on it, in the form of words, video, links to files, a calendar option and so on. You can leave them public or keep them private. Very like Wallwisher, but I think I prefer this resource.


PinDax offers a fun real-time alternative to the traditional message board. Post text, images, files and polls in real-time. No download needed, runs in the browser. Customizable widgets integrate into your site. Get notification when there are new messages. Create groups and profiles. Search your posts. Send posts via E-Mail. Chat with other members.  Add categories and feeds to your board


Sending/copying files/data


4Shared upload, access, share.


ADrive. Free: 50GB. Yes - FIFTY GB. ADrive Features Cloud Storage. Upload & Store Files. Access Files Anywhere. Share Files. Edit Documents Online. File Transfer Protocol (FTP). ADrive Desktop.


Arunalabs Send large files to anyone on the net. Free


Box.net - Free Online File Storage, Internet File Sharing, RSS Sharing, Access Documents & Files Anywhere, Backup Data, Share Files. 1GB for free or 5GB if you pay them money $4.99 a month.


Copy to sync, protect and share your files.


Driveway Send an unlimited number of files up to 500MB each in size.

dropload. Allows you to transfer up to 100MB each file. Stays on their site for up to 7 days


DropBox. We all know about this one don't we? The big daddy of them all. Any file you save to Dropbox also instantly saves to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website. 2GB of Dropbox for free, with subscriptions up to 100GB available. Your files are always available from the secure Dropbox website. Dropbox works with Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. Works even when offline. You always have your files, whether or not you have a connection. Dropbox transfers just the parts of a file that change (not the whole thing). Manually set bandwidth limits -- Dropbox won't hog your connection.


DropSend Email files up to 250MB in size


EasyShare. "Upload as many files as you like." Upload and share your files with Easy-Share.com's user friendly platform. With our simple and intuitive interface you can post your files to forums or any other social networks. Organize your uploaded files with Easy-Share.com's Smart Organizer. Group your files into folders, attach descriptions or rename them. Protect your files with passwords or check your real-time download statistics.


Filemail sends files up to 30GB


Flipdrive. 1GB for free, more with commercial accounts.


GigaSize: Host and Share your Files. Unlimited Files - 600 MB/file Files stored for 45 days Convenient file organizer


Keep and Share. Free, but commercial plans available. No indication as to space.


LiveDrive. Online backup for a fiver a month. No free option as far as I could see.


Localhostr Upload a file up to 50MB in size, share it with friends.


MailBigFile Send up to a 100MB file to one recipient


Megashares - Drag. Drop. Our single session upload limit is 10GB (10,000 Megabytes!). This can be a single file up to 10GB, multiple files or a folder using our browser based custom uploader.


Myotherdrive. Free: 2GB. Share photos, files, and documents with ease.  Examples:

Collaboration - easily copy folders and files between accounts. Online Storage - use your stored files in presentations and web pages. Secure links - create protected links that only friends can access. Direct file linking - let us host your files for you.


Send6 Send six large files at once for nothing


Sendspace Send files up to 300MB in size, unlimited downloads, free simple and easy service.


Share Send. Just upload your file (100MB limit) and then share your link. That easy.


Transfer Big Files Free - Send Large Files up to 1GB. Does what it says on the tin.


True Share. Commercial, no indication as to space size.


Uploadingit Free file hosting. File sharing. File upload. With a free account you get 20 GB of online storage space for you to upload documents, videos, images, and so much more. Think of it as your personal hard drive in the cloud. Download and share files all day without worrying about some small limit. Each free account comes with 20 GB of daily bandwidth for downloading and sharing your files. Share files across the office or across the globe. Free accounts can share individual files up to 200 MB in size. Upload any file type you want. All types are supported, .ai to .zip if its under 200 MB you can upload it.


We Transfer … up to 10GB


Wuala. Download product. Free: 1GB. Commercial plans available. Securely store and back up your files online and access them from anywhere. All files are encrypted. Sync your files online and across multiple computers. Your files are always up to date - anywhere, anytime. Share files with selected friends and co-workers. You choose who has access to which folder. All files get encrypted and are stored redundantly. No one unauthorized - not even Wuala as the provider - can access the files.


YouSendIt | Email large files quickly, securely, and easily!. Files up to 1GB Now called Hightail


File sharing apps.


Adrive used to be free, but looks like it’s commercial now.


Axifile. Free: 2GB Now called FileRio


Box.net. Free: 5GB. Commercial offers more. Box lets you store documents, media and all of your content online, so you can access, manage and share them from anywhere. Integrate Box with Google Apps and Salesforce. Access Box on mobile devices. Box makes file sharing and file transfers a snap. Share files with a link or as a shared folder with anyone - inside or outside your company. Set access permissions and get 256-bit SSL encryption.


DivShare. 5GB is always free. Embed Flash videos on your site or share with friends. Play your favorite MP3s anywhere, including your blog. Share photos and images publicly or only to your friends. Share documents privately and securely.


Easyshare Upload up to 8 files at once.


Filedropper. 5GB a file. 30 day limit unless files continually being downloaded.


Filefactory gives you unlimited free hosting.


Flipdrive offers free and commercial file hosting.


Gigasize to upload large files and share them.


Idrive with 5GB for free.


Keep and share. Upload and share files with just a click


Livedrive has cloud storage for everyone.


My other drive. Online backup and sharing


Streamfile. This is more of a temp. sharing site, allowing you to email a contact so that they can collect a file. 150MB, auto destruct after 24 hours.


Sendthisfile. Free: Large transfers are slower than paid plans. Up to 2GB files. Expires in 3 days. 3 downloads allowed.


SizableSend Send Large Files for FREE - Send unlimited files, up to 2GB each. Your email, their email, your file, they get sent instructions, how hard can it be? They don't say how long the file is available for though.


Spideroak gives you 2GB for free.


Uploading. Free: 10GB file size.


MediaFire. Free: 200MB / file max "More than just a file hosting web site, MediaFire has the features you need to easily upload, download, manage, and share your documents, presentations, videos, images, and more."


Wetransfer The easy way to send big files. And they mean really big files - up to 2 gb. Simply add the file(s), enter your friends email address(es), enter yours, add an optional message and you're good to go. No registration, files are available for 2 weeks. It's free. What is there not to like?


Wikisend. Maximum allowed file size is 100MB "Upload and download lots of  files, big files, small files, data files, media files, archives or backups - any files. With Wikisend it`s simple and free. Share files with your friends using E-mail, MySpace page, your blog, forums and so on. With Wikisend sharing files, photos, videos or documents is easy, fast, and reliable. No need to register, activate, install or read manuals - use our uploading form, you`re ready to go."


Wuala starts at 5GB


ZippyShare. Free. 200MB file size max. 100% Free. No Download Limits. Up to 200MB per File. Unlimited Disk Space. No Sign Up Required.


Creating RSS feeds


Feed Digest: Mix, convert, and syndicate RSS and Atom feeds.


FeedDude lets you create an RSS feed from any web site on the Internet. If your favorite web site doesn't provide an RSS feed, you can generate one here for free.


FeedFeeds: Feed any Feeds. Free for 10 days then $5 a month via Paypal. Create feeds, display them on your webpage.


feedkiller - a free rss feed merger. Just whack in a few feeds and it'll turn them into one. Nice and simples.


FeedYes gives rss feeds to sites without feeds. Give it a webpage, and it will give you a feed.


KickRSS. Choose your feeds, create a new one from them. Simple and fast


Page2RSS is a service that helps you monitor web sites that do not publish feeds. It will check any web page for updates and deliver them to your favorite RSS aggregator.


Really Simply Syndicate Anything Quickly and easily create an RSS feed for your website. Then use that feed to share your content with other people and applications all over the web (and if you like, even to power your Twitter updates)


RSS Mix - Mix any number of RSS feeds into one unique new feed!.


RSS Tutorial Nice 'how to' guide


Miscellaneous


Add to Any. Add any feed to any news reader.


Button Maker Make buttons of the RSS variety. Free, easy and fast.


RSS2GIF Transform your RSS-Feed into an image RSS into .gif, .jpg or .png.


RSS Icons. A bunch of funny and odd RSS icons that you can use in place of the usual.


Twibble. Publish content from any RSS feed directly to Twitter.


RSS Readers


Alesti RSS Reader. It's an RSS reader.


Feedspot is free


GreatNews: The Intelligent RSS Reader. It's a free download. Not tried it myself, but it has got good reviews.


Gritwire News, blogs, RSS aggregator, wikis and more.