In short, it enables paid Skype-to-Skype voice and video calls. You can charge other people for calling you either a one-off fee or by the minute. Conversely, if you are the caller, you can call experts who charge for their services, and you can then pay the fee and access the expertise that the other call party provides.
Digg, the social news mogul of our times today announced that they have hit the 1 million registered user mark in less than 2 years. The one thing we don’t know yet is whether this include all those fake accounts, that have been set up on digg, as well or not.
At digg you could submit you favorite story from across the web. Users could then digg, bury, comment and blog about it. Digg eclipsed Slashdot, a long time back, as the leading hub for techies, and continues to build on that momentum. Digg recently added the ability to share and rank videos as well alongwith the introduction of several other news categories. Readers could also see upcoming stories and visualize them Digg in real time by utilizing tools provided by Digg Labs. A great feature is the ability to read an excerpt from the story on the popular stories page, an idea incorporated from Google.
Due to Digg´s ability to send huge amounts of traffic to content providers, it has been an active battle ground for people trying to game it to promote their stories or to bury the ones from competitors.
Friendster has announced (pdf file) an exclusive search and ad deal with Google. Its a win for Google (they bagged another social network after MySpace) , a win for Friendster (getting in bed with Google who could generate more money for them) and a loss for Yahoo (showed the door, so much for the hype surrounding Panama’s launch). Friendster has already integrated the text and display advertising components of the deal. The Google search box would be integrated by the mid of 2007.
ABC News is reporting that Youtube has been banned in Turkey after a Turkish Court ordered the ban of the site. This has resulted from uploading of videos insulting the founder of modern day Turkey, Mustafa Kamal Ataturk. Turkey’s largest Telecom provider, Turk Telecom, has already enforced the ban.
Over the past few weeks a virtual war has been taking place on Youtube between Greeks and Turks, with both sides belittling each other. The alleged video claimed that Ataturk and Turkish are homosexuals. Insulting Ataturk is a crime punishable by prison in Turkey. Last year a publisher was jailed for publishing Noam Chomsky´s book in Turkey. He was later released on Chomsky´s intervention.
MyNetscape relaunched yesterday as a customizable Ajax start page, which is verbatim as the popular Netvibes. This is yet another attempt to keep up with the fast moving world of startups, where cool new products and services are being launched every now and then. Previously the Netscape.com portal was transformed into a Digg clone.
AuctionAds is a new widget service for site owners looking to monetize their content. All you have to do is to place the embed code in your site and add descriptive tags relevant to your content. The AuctionAds widget will then retrieve the relevant eBay auctions and display them on your site.
The AuctionAds service is yet another step towards everything embracing widgets. Its yet to be seen how AuctionAds compare to Google Ads in terms of monetization for site owners.
The model is similar to the failed google service with minute differences like payments by paypal instead of credit card, support of Spanish and German Languages alongwith English.
Mpire which launched initially in November 2006, has launched Shopwave, a service that lets you shop visually using a Flash based tool.
The User Interface is clean and simple with a rich feature set. The feature that i liked the most is the ability to visualize the price trends of your desired items in recent days. This way users could make informed decision on buying immediately or holding on for a few more days.
Other features include mashup of Amazon and Epinions to provide user reviews on site along with coupons and deals, plugin support for IE7 and Firefox, Digg like voting on popular deals and the ability to describe your item visually in case you don’t know exactly what you are looking for.
Geni, which could rightfully be called a Social Network for the family has raised $10 million in their second round of financing from Charles River Ventures at a post money valuation of $100 million, which is a staggering amount considering the fact that the service is just a few weeks old. George Zachary from CRV will be joining the Geni Board. Geni initially raised $1.5 million from the Founder’s Fund.
Geni currently boosts 100,000 registered users with 2 million family nodes.
AddThis is a new widget service that was launched in October 2006. With so many bookmarking services popping up these days, something like this was imminent. By Creating an account on AddThis blog and site owners could generate a simple, free button that could be placed at the end of posts (see sample button at the end of this post). Readers can then bookmark the post on Digg, StumbleUpon, Google Bookmarks, Technorati, Reddit and the likes with a single click on the button. The service also provides with statistics including content that your readers bookmarked the most, over various periods of time.
AddThis claims that they have served 100+ million buttons to-date, with 2 million buttons being served daily.