Author Archives: Ryan

bz.am – URL Shortener

Powered by Bonzobox, the bz.am URL shortener is coming soon (sounds like Bizzamm!). bz.am is synced with Bonzobox and every URL shortened will be added to our database. The shortener will also give you the ability to look at the history and statistics of your shortened URLs. Right now, if you visit bz.am you can add your email address to our notification list so we can let you know when we launch!

Sites About The World

small_globeHave you ever wondered what the world will be like after humans? Or where in the world the sun is shining and where its dark? Ever wondered what time it is in Antarctica or anywhere else? Ever wondered whats directly on the opposite side of the world from where you are right now? Well, Below is a small collection of interactive sites pertaining to the world….you’ll find them interesting…trust me.

Life after humans Time-line. What would disappear? See what the world will become 2 days after humans are gone or 35,000 years after.

Probably the Coolest Way to track Time and Temperature anywhere in the world.

Daylightmap.com. Interactively see where exactly in the world the sun is out, rising, or setting.

www.antipodemap.com. See the exact other side of the world from any point.

Flash Earth
. View the Earth From many different sources/satellites including Nasa & Microsoft virtual earth.

Bonzo Teacher-Stuff

If you are a teacher or a school administrator using Bonzobox then you have plenty of great resources right in front of you! If you look on the right side of your Bonzobox dashboard you will see a box for tags. Click on the + sign next to community tags. Scroll down to the tags titled “teacher-stuff”. Here you can view over 300 sites related to resources for teachers and schools. These sites include everything from topics on bullying to reading comprehension tools. So if you are a teacher, browse through the sites to find some great resources and add them to your Bonzobox dash!

The App Revolution

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New Web Applications and tools keep coming out faster and fresher. They can make your life online more efficient and fun. They can help improve business, communication, and pretty much life as we know it. It is necessary to stay up to date with these applications to keep your online life running smoothly. In honor of this new app revolution we have entered, I have created a list of my favorites that you may not have heard of, make sure you check them out and add their sites to your bonzobox!

Hootsuite 2.0
Hootsuite allows users to control multiple twitter accounts from one location and much more. Schedule tweets to send when you are not even at your computer, add the “hootlet” toolbar button to tweet while you surf the web, allow their url shortener to do the work for you, and track statistics from al of your twitter accounts. Hootsuite is a must have if you are a twitter fanatic.

Tweetdeck
Tweetdeck is basically a personal browser that keeps all of your twitter needs organized. It is by far one of the best iphone applications out for twitter. Stay up to speed with the latest tweets from your friends, groups, and interests. To learn more click here. http://tweetdeck.com/beta/features/

Tweetmeme
Tweetmeme combines  and categorizes popular links on twitter and determines which are the most popular. Tweetmeme is famous for its Retweet button which you can post on your webpage, blog, etc. The button allows twitter users to Retweet a post or an article straight from the page the button is located on to their twitter account. It also has an integrated URL shortener making it easy to link back to the article or post.

Buddy Press
Buddy press is an extended and enhanced version of WordPress & WordPress MU. It will allow users to interact more socially through its suite of plugins and themes.  These new plugins which can be selected individually or in bundles, will allow users to create their own social network if they wish.  Features include, extended profiles, private messaging, friends, groups, interactive commenting, activity streams, blog tracking, forums, and much more. If you are looking to create a site or blog that is extremely social and interactive, buddypress is the way to go.

FriendFeed

Friendfeed is a platform that allows you to easily share content with friends online. A customized feed will be set up for you as soon as you have  added your friends to the app.

Posterous
Posterous is a service that allows users to post thoughts, information, and files online using email. Maintain your own website or blog by emailing anything to post@posterous.com and they will post it for you. What an easy way to manage a blog. If you can email, you can have your own, frequently updated website to share with the world!

Blip.fm
Blip.fm allows you to record and submit short audio files accompanied by a brief message. These files can then be set up to automatically post to your twitter or friendfeed accounts. Once submitted, your blip will be shared with all your friends and followers.

Gliffy
Gliffy is becoming popular in business environments as an interactive tool which creates visuals and diagrams. Collaborate with coworkers by sharing customized diagrams that are very easy to make.  Share flowcharts, spreadsheets, floorplans, userinterface designs, and more.

Mint
To put it simply, Mint.com is the best tool online to manage your money, and its free. Within minutes, mint can accurately see where your spending your money, analyze the performance of investments, and set up budgets. You will also receive email and text message alerts notifying you when there are changes in your finances. Mint is a great tool that both businesses and individuals can utilize to determine how to save and spend money wisely.

Docstoc
Docstoc is a great platform which allows users to upload and share documents in a majority of different ways. They also spread and promote documents across the web through the blogosphere and mainstream media portals.

Animoto
Make a video slideshow from your images. Animoto automatically generates customized videos fro your media files including, images, sound clips, and video clips. You can narrate your pictures with text or an audio clip. Use Animoto to create quality slideshow videos very quickly.

Wufoo
Wufoo is an application that gives users the ability to build customized online forums. Wufoo automatically builds the database, backend and scripts so that you can analyze the data. Use Wufoo to build contactforms, mailing lists, surveys, calenders, invitations, address books, finances, and more.

Zamzar
Need a .mov file turned into a mp4? Zamzar is a service that allows you to convert any of your files into different formats quickly and easily. Use Zamzar to convers images, videos, songs, documents, and more.

Chatterbox
Chatterbox is an app for twitter users that allows them focus on keywords to see only the tweets that they want Users can then categorize and prioritize specific tweets for follow up. Chatterbox is very open allowing you to share with anyone and anyone to share your chatterbox information. This app is great for spreading content.

Screenjelly

ScreenJelly allows users to record what they are doing on their computer screen while talking into their computers mocrophone and share it with anybody they wish via twitter, email facebook, and more. Use Screenjelly to instruct people or simply show them something useful. Screen jelly allows users to create accounts and save recording that are up to 3 minutes long. So if you want to provide more accurate direction on how to do something on your Pc/Mac try out ScreenJelly.

TwitFs
TwitFs is a tool that allows you to share files on twitter. Sign up free and share videos, audio clips, pictures, documents and more from your twitter account. TwitFs is great because it has a fast and easy uploader.

Twitterpinch
Need a customized twitter background? Enhance your twitter profile with a custom graphic design that can include everything from a personal picture to themes for your business. Niel Pinchin, is an expert graphic designer that specializes specifically in twitter backgrounds. Check out Twitterpinch.com to enhance your twitter account.

Harvest
Harvest allows businesses to track time, log expenses, invoice clients, and keep track of revenue in one simple interactive workflow. It is easy to set yourself and your business up in a matter of minutes. Harvest also provides the ability to keep track of your businesses resources and vies graphically how they are distributed. This is a great app for small businesses and professionals.

Freeringer
Make free phone calls to over 30 different countries from your red browser. Bookmark your favorite calling destinations and embed freeringer into your website.

Jabbify
Jabbify is a tool that allows you to add instant messaging to your website in under a minute. With Jabbify you can enhance your business or personal website by having chat directly on the page to help further engage users.

TokBox
TokBox is a video chat app that allows you to easily video chat with friends, family and coworkers. TokBox enables users to import their friends and contacts from their email providers and social networks. It also allows for the ability to have group video chats so you can video chat with multiple people who are in different locations.

Screen Jelly – Share Your Screen

jellydude_73Want to share what you’re doing on your computer with others? ScreenJelly.com allows you to record and capture what you are doing on your computer. Once you have the recording done, you can share the video via twitter, email, facebook, and much more. It is simple to set up, just make an account, and all of your recordings wiil be saved to share at an time you would like. ScreenJelly is a great tool to teach people how to do different thing on the computer…without trying to explain it to somone in words, just show them how on your computer! Check out ScreenJelly.com and give it a try.

John Beales Goes Camping – Whattt???

logo_destinationA programmer without his computer, eating canned food, and pitching a tent. Well at least that is my guess on what Mr. Beales is up to at the moment.  While our lead programmer is looking for a nice little natural restroom to pop a squat, we have plenty people working on furthering the development of the site.  However, there is no doubt that John Beales is the mastermind behind what is to come. It’s exciting, and should hit your screens sometime in the fall. We all agree that everybody needs a little vacation now and then, so in honor of John trying to build a fire instead of a logarithm, I suggest Gorp.com for all your camping needs! Check it out, it will show you where to go, how to get there, suggested gear to bring, and tons of other good stuff from all over the world.

Changing Lives – Miracles For Kids

miraclesI came across a friend the other day who mentioned he was an integral part of an organization that helps kids who have critical illnesses. Miraclesforkids.org is a charity based out of Orange County, California  dedicated to providing  aid to families who are in a financial crisis due to their child’s life threatening illness. Sponsors can help out by donating any amount, volunteering time, sponsoring a family, or purchasing a basket of miracles. It’s a great way to help those in need no matter where you are from. Even a little can go a long way. Check it out, and help out! Miraclesforkids.org

Your Music Free – GrooveShark.com

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I know I already wrote about pandora. However, if you only got your 40 free hours of music this month from pandora and are hesitant about spending the $37 for unlimited music then switch to Grooveshark.com. Tons of music flows through Grooveshark and you can pretty much personalize it to yourself. It has great functionality and is very user friendly. I am not an avid user yet so I cant exactly fill you in on all of their great functions. I do know one thing though, If you’re Canadian you can actually use Grooveshark, unlike Pandora. Check it out, its easy to use, its sleek, and most importantly it has a lot of great music.