Food Forethought continues to present you, the reader, with some innovative, useful and just plain interesting startups/websites. Let’s take a look at this week’s highlights.
www.tenbyten.org: While not a new website by any means, 10×10 is an interesting one nonetheless, that I thought I should point out. It is an interactive exploration of the words and pictures that define the time. The result is an often moving, sometimes shocking, occasionally frivolous, but always fitting snapshot of our world.
www.snap.com: Snap is a new search engine that offers a very different alternative to the Big Search, Text-In, Text-Out, method. Snap is visual. Snap is fast. Snap is Interactive. When conducting a search, you see a snapshot of each page result to help you know if that is the website that you were searching for.
www.nometers.com: The site has yet to be fully released but it’s something to keep an eye on…especially if you live in a crowded metropolitan area. Simply put…NoMeters is a free parking search engine that helps you find free, paid and for-rent parking wherever you need it.
www.wufoo.com: Wufoo is an easy tool that enables users to create any type of form with a sleek design in little to no time at all. Small businesses and indivuals come to mind as the primary beneficiaries of this highly useful tool. The company charges for forms on a monthly subscription basis but users can try it out first for free.
There are a couple of sites that are introducing a new method of online advertising. Two particular interesting sites are http://bla.st and www.clicapic.com. Each company hosts thumnail images of companies on a homepage where users can browse them through a number of different categories. If one of these sites gains a critical mass of popularity, they will be able to drive a significant amount of traffic to the advertisers’ websites.
While it certainly sounds like a classic “chicken and the egg” type of catch 22 for these new sites to gain success, I find it particularly interesting to browse them because of the fact that most of the advertisers on them are, generally, very innovative or interesting startups. Case in point, they’re worth checking out when you have some leisure time available.