THE 101 MOST USEFUL WEBSITES
Ever had one of those days when you’ve felt like you’ve read the whole web, and it’s a struggle to find anything new and exciting to read?
Not only is this list of 101 sites very interesting, they’re also useful. They can help you do everything from propose to your partner or find a new project.
EBAY AUCTIONS OFF BRAD PITT (NO JOKE)
It’s not just an attention-grabbing headline. Some of Hollywood’s hottest celebrities such as Brad Pitt, Katy Perry, Troy Polamalu, and Christina Aguilera are partnering with eBay to raise money for their favourite charities.
Head to eBay.com and check out the shopping habits of Hollywood’s A-list and bid for the chance to have a private meet-and greet with Brad Pitt.
Mashable spoke to eBay spokeswoman Amanda Miller earlier this week who said, “We know a lot of these charities have celebrity ambassadors and we wanted to give them even more of an opportunity to raise money,”
At the time of writing this, Brad’s highest bid was $10,000US dollars.
WHAT DO STARBUCKS, LOUIS VUITTON AND NIKE HAVE IN COMMON?
Starbucks, Louis Vuitton and Nike are brands that seem to have very little in common, but there is one commonality – they’re all early adopters of NFC (Near Field Communications) which makes it simpler to transact using your phone technology and location-based marketing.
Jiepang, a location based marketing service in China has partnered with Starbucks to use NFC technologies to get consumers to interact with the brand.
The promotion asks you to wave your NFC enabled phone (or check in manually) over a postcard in one of 200 participating stores.
Starbucks is trialing the new technology with a promotion whereby if 20,000 or more people sign-in by December 17, they get a free coffee upgrade the following week.
BACK TO THE FUTURE
I often listen to my grandmother say things like “back in my day,” but thanks to a new British app called historypin.com I can also make comments like “well, before your time, did you know…”
The new app is jammed full of cool stuff – you can see what your street or suburb looked like 5, 50 or even 100 years ago, through photos people have pinned on there, or read stories they’ve posted about the area.
If you’re more someone that lives in the now, you can capture your moment in time by taking a photo and uploading it with comments.
FACEBOOK: A PLACE TO SHARE MUSIC
Mashable.com has reported that music sites such as Spotify, MOG, Rdio, Slacker and Earbits have allowed Facebook users to share their music with their friends more than 1.5 billion times in the last 6 weeks.
The stats reported on Mashable.com are:
• Spotify: Four million people have joined since the f8 conference on September 22 (which is an annual Facebook gathering)
• MOG: Mog saw a 246% growth in Facebook users since the f8 conference
• Rdio: Facebook has increased Rdio’s new user registrations 30-fold
• Slacker: Available across mobile, TV, auto and web, Slacker saw a more than 11x increase in monthly active users in the month following f8 conference
• Earbits: This Y Combinator-funded startup experienced a 1,350% increase in the number of users becoming fans of the band they’re listening to
Facebook is expecting this to increase exponentially over the coming months. Does this remind anyone else of MySpace?