Hot Web sites

For Technology Tools in 2010

Technology magazines are coming out with their top trends for 2010. The following is an annotated list of some of the most frequently mentioned trends and tools. Add one or more to your 2010 online toolkit.

  1. Twitter (http://www.twitter.com) – a real time, text-based chat service. Members can read and send message through the web, cell phone or other handheld device. It’s not new, but it is reaching more and more people every day.
  2. Midomi (http://www.midomi.com/) – a musical search engine where you can sing or hum a song to perform a search. Hum a tune and it will get more information for you.
  3. Layar (http://layar.com/) – a cell phone application that shows real time geographic digital information through the camera of your mobile phone. Use it when you visit a new town; point your phone’s camera down a street and laid over a digital map will be information such as street names, building names, names and details of local businesses and even reviews from sites such as Yelp (http://www.yelp.com), when available.
  4. Square (https://squareup.com/) – a gadget that allows you to accept credit card payments through any device with an audio input jack. It’s a great soon to small businesses; imagine the artist at a craft fair now able to accept payments quickly, easily and cost effectively.
  5. Google Latitude (http://www.google.com/latitude/intro.html) – a GPS-fueled application that can track your location from your cell phone. Sign up to find or be found by friends and family.
  6. Google Wave (http://wave.google.com) – an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. Currently you must receive an invitation to download Google Wave, but it’s an application to watch especially if you work remotely or have colleagues in different locations.
  7. Zynga (http://www.zynga.com/) – a collection of online games. Gaming is consistently noted as one of the fastest growing online applications. Zynga is just one example.
  8. Hulu (http://www.hulu.com) and Epix (http://www.epixhd.com) – collections of online television shows and movies available for download; many available for free.
Hot Sites is produced by Blandin Foundation’s Broadband Initiative to introduce rural citizens to online tools that can help them save time, save money, learn about a topic or have fun. Visit www.blandinfoundation.org for more information.