Throughout the years, I've received countless invitations to join MySpace. Somehow, I never wanted to join. I have nothing against social network sites as I even have an account on Facebook. However, there's this bad feeling about MySpace when I look at the site. Call me a weirdo if you want, but what happened yesterday is my tangible explanation to all the rejections I've made.
The event organization site is clearly designed for a crowd looking for a simple online planning experience rather than the Web 2.0 maximum, as well as those looking to collaborate with other community members. It evolved out of a project called Fatdoor, shaped by user feedback that (among other things) changed the potentially offensive name.
As with its Fatdoor predecessor, Center'd aggregates local business ratings and … Read more
Remember Brightkite, the social network meets microblogging tool we wrote about last week? The creators have been nice enough to grace us with 100 invites to give away to Webware readers. Just fill in the Wufoo form after the break and we'll get one your way as soon as we can. Invites will be sent out once all 100 spots have been taken.
Update: All gone. Sending them out to folks now--check your spam boxes.
Ever come across one of those Facebook Platform applications that required you to spam a dozen of your friends with invites before you could access the results of your "Vampire Jedi Zombie Personality Quiz"?
They're annoying. And now Facebook has done something about it. Developer applications must "offer some navigation option to leave the friend invite process," according to a change in the social-networking site's platform policy. If an application's friend-invite page doesn't contain one of Facebook's in-house "Skip This Step," "Cancel," or "Skip" buttons, … Read more
The Hulu team has set aside a big block of invitations to its private beta for Webware readers. If you want to try out the TV streaming site started in partnership NBC and News Corp., sign up here for access.
I like the service a lot. It's a great place to catch up on shows you and your Tivo miss. It also has some great archives, like early Firefly episodes. But for some inexplicable reason, it only has a few shows from Season 1 of 24, starting with Episode 6.
Other than that, it's well worth checking out. … Read more
Evite added mobile capabilities yesterday to speed up the party-planning process. Its QuickVite features let you send invitations in one step from an e-mail account or mobile phone, and handle RSVPs the same way. Of course, you can also juggle the details at Evite.com.
This could help to make managing a party less exhausting. Even picking a design for an online invitation can waste time, especially for a last-minute get together. For instance, Evite offers 57 templates for cocktail parties alone, not to mention options for dozens of events from anniversaries to weddings.
The painless sign-up process requires adding … Read more
There's something to be said about Web services that have been set up to help people coordinate things in the least stressful way as possible. I dig sites like CircleUp (coverage) that offer a way to set up polls, or to solve quick logistical questions within a group, without requiring the creator or the users to agonize over the interface and execution. That's why MyPunchBowl's new checklist feature is pretty much the best addition to a party-planning service yet.
The idea is simple: you, as party creator, make a list of things you need for the party. … Read more
Want to try out Xobni, which I reviewed live from the TechCrunch 40 conference? The company has opened up 25 invitation slots for Webware readers. Go to the beta sign-up page and enter the invitation code, "Webware." Act fast if you want the bits.
Fair warning, though: I have uninstalled the Xobni add-on from my system. I found that it slowed down my Outlook performance so much that it became unusable. The company knows that the current beta code has performance issues for people with big e-mail stores (mine is about 7GB, which is probably not uncommon). I … Read more
Phonevite is a new free invitation and RSVP service that turns your Web browser into a personal assistant of sorts, letting you call a large group of friends, family, or contacts without having to spend all day on the phone. Instead Phonevite provides an asynchronous solution, giving you an easy way to record a personalized invitation message using your computer's microphone, and send it out to a list of hand-picked phone numbers. From there you can send out the "invitation" right away, or schedule it in for a later date.
When an invitation goes live, Phonevite will … Read more
The guys at TechCrunch have been thinking the same thing we have been over here: With all these invitation-based Web 2.0 betas flying around, someone could do the world a service by building an exchange for them.
Hence, InviteShare, a site that does just that. If you want an invite to a service (such as the current darling of the digerati, Pownce), you can put your name on the list and someone with passes to spare might help you out.
Many sites, once you're invited, also give you invitations you yourself can give out. Thus InviteShare can keep … Read more