Krugle is a search engine that allows developers to find and interactively browse source code files, code documentation, discussion forums, knowledge base information and relevant open source projects.
StatCounter offers webmasters and bloggers a free, highly configurable hit counter and detailed Web statistics accessible through an easy online interface. To get started, you just need to insert a simple piece of HTML code into your index page or blog template to get started with analyzing and monitoring all of the visitors to your Web site — in real time.
Like YouTube, Current.tv features videos created by users and uploaded to their distribution platform on the Web. They call them “viewer-created content” but that difference is only semantic, especially considering that of the short programs called “pods” that make up the bulk of programming, an estimated 30% are created by viewers and users.
Unlike YouTube, Current.tv organizes the content into a single channel, with short to medium-length programming includes spots from of Google. Current.tv isn’t just on the Web, either; the channel went live in 2005 on most major domestic U.S. cable networks, including Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T, DirectTV and Dish Network.
The cable television network is run by Current TV, an independent media company led by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and businessman Joel Hyatt. A second network was launched in the spring of 2007 in the United Kingdom and Ireland for Sky and Virgin Media subscribers. There’s an official Current blog that about noteworthy content that’s worth a look as well.
Craigslist just keeps expanding, bringing its transformative mix of forums, apartment and job listings, want ads and personals to many more communities. Craigslist now offers listings for jobs, housing, goods, services, romance, local activities, advice and much more for 450 cities worldwide, all community moderated, and, astoundingly, largely free. Has your city — or country — been listed yet? If so, keep an eye on your local newspaper, as the free and fluid online marketplace for classifieds and apartment listings that Craigslist provides are a primary driver behind the financial woes of traditional newsprint journalism.
Craigslist was founded in early 1995, by Craig Newmark, in San Francisco, CA. According to Craigslist, the networks of sites receive over 5 billion page views a month, serving more than 15 million users during that span month. In fact, Craigslist users self-publish 14 million new classified ads each month, to go with more than 750,000 new job listings each month and more than 50 million user postings in 100 topical forums.
All of that is managed by 23 Craigslist employees working out of a Cictorian house in the Inner Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco. The site supports those modest operations by charging below-market fees for job ads in 7 cities and for broker apartment listings in NYC. By doing so, Craigslist may now be the leading classifieds service in any medium.
We’ve certainly found great deals on apartments, event tickets, used electronics and all manner of other good, along with thoroughly outrageous personal ads and even a new friend or two. In fact, this editor found a job, a large CRT TV on the cheap and a new place to live this year though “CL.”
Channel 9 is a discussion forum used to promote conversations among Microsoft’s customers, hosted by Microsoft, featuring video interviews with developers, podcasts, forums and a wiki. More than twenty different podcasts and IPTV shows are available for download and subscription as well.
According to the first video ever posted on the site, the name “Channel 9″ was chosen after the on-board channel #9 on airplanes. When the flight crew turns on Channel 9, passengers can listen to cockpit conversations. The metaphor makes sense in describing a forum between developers and users — and both the site and the name stuck. Microsoft’s application development teams use Channel 9 as a platform for aggregating user feedback and responding to it, publishing production notes and occasionally posting quirky videos like a “Hitchhiker’s Guide to Microsoft.” You can learn more about the story of Channel 9 by watching this video or reading the Channel 9 Doctrine.
Sourceforge may not be brand new (in fact, it’s been around since 2001) but with over 145,000 hosted open source projects, it’s always worth visiting again. In concert with its “Create, Participate, Evaluate” tagline, Sourceforge’s more than 1.5 million users are doing just that on all of those projects. I’ve downloaded many wonderful applications from Sourceforge, notably Audacity, the free audio recording and editing software we use and recommend for podcasting.
TechCrunch is dedicated to profiling and reviewing new Web 2.0 products and companies, along with profiles of existing companies that are making a commercial or cultural impact on the next-generation Internet. Originally launched by the hyperkinetic Michael Arrington, TechCrunch has grown into a must-read for those tracking the progress of the new new new thing, so to speak, as the Web 2.0 Bubble has expanded — and contracted. Since we first posted about it, TechCrunch has expanded into product reviews, conferences, job listings and acquired a new CEO, along with a few more contributers to ease Michael’s brutal posting schedule.
Ok, you probably have already discovered about YouTube yourself. Some have called it the “visual community telegraph of our age.” Others see it simply as the Napster of 2006, with massive copyright lawsuits poised to occur as soon as the site is purchased by an organization with deep pockets. Indeed, the site is rife with copyrighted material, but next to those clips of the Daily Show and SNL are thousands upon thousands of great examples of user-generated content, like the LonelyGirl15 or Ask A Ninja videos we posted about earlier. For the tech set, there’s even these hilarious Mac vs. PC commercial parodies or Weird Al’s outrageous “I’m so white and nerdy” video. Enjoy them while they last!