Well this turned into a Pandora’s box.
On a very old post here, I discussed my brief adventure into squatting on some email names, as I was very interested in working on a “brand” for the blog, as well as just making some easier to use (and remember) email addresses. This week the good folks at GigaOm did a piece on social networks and the process of evaluating what you use and what you don’t. In the article, they mentioned a fun little site called namechk that will take a user name and tell you if it’s available across a ton of selected social and sharing sites.
NAMECHK IS CRACK.
Besides throwing in every old and new name I’ve used since AOL was a relevant ISP, namechk is full of sites I have never visited or knew existed.
Here’s a random selection:
PLIME & MYLOT
Plime.com is a news feed, grassroots news site, like many others out there, where you upload links to create user driven news. Nothing new, but I like the layout and categories, and any news site where you might find a new undiscovered story is worth checking out. Here’s people who send toys to NYC for Christmas… and I mean literally “Toys visiting NYC”. Also see MyLot.com for an alternative to the ever-increasing clutter of Yahoo’s homepage.
Wow. SlideSix.com is a presentation website. Looking for new layout ideas for that big Power Point on why your children should do their chores? Want to browse a report on dentistry? Either way, SlideSix is like browsing your incredibly smart and organized friend’s computer. You’ll learn a lot, get some ideas, and probably feel ashamed at a few things you can’t unsee.
COLOURLOVERS & HOWCAST
Plain and simple, if you like design or you want to get some ideas on new schemes for that big room renovation, COLOURlovers is for you. Definitely a place for people who get need a new opinion and want to do more than use the Lowe’s design center. Tangent to this is Howcast, which is a video channel of how-to videos. If you find WikiHow‘s walk through a little dry, this is an alternative to scouring YouTube. I’m not hotlinking you, YouTube. You’re big enough.
I didn’t need to go here. But some mommies will like the news & gossip, which I can understand.
So that’s the skinny. It’s amazing what kinds of stuff you can find when you’re only looking out for yourself.