8 services you should be using | 8 互联网服务

When I was working on the What’s Next presentation and series of blog posts, I put a list of services that people should try, in the unlikely event that they hadn’t already:

Questions

  • Quora – clean smart question-and-answer service that manages to intelligently connect your questions and your social graph. It’s focused and pleasingly minimal design, just like a good web app should be – Facebook take note!
  • Formspring – easy way to create an FAQ
  • Hunch – decision engine. I haven’t seen brands using it yet, but it has an immense amount of potential. Hunch also had Caterina Fake’s smarts at building a great community. Something that still sustains Flickr

Location
Location has been where the heat is at this year and these are the front-runners give them a road test to sound knowledgeable in client meetings.

Augmented reality

  • Google SketchUp – an easy-to-use tool that allows users to create 3D models that can be an overlay on Google Earth. A great way of creating locative art and engaging consumers in a more creative way

Research | monitoring

  • Google Realtime – it took Google a while but I think that this a great monitoring tool