Monday, July 23, 2007

My Favorite Web Services

Okay, for those of you who troll the MonkShack on a regular (or maybe less than regular?) basis, you've probably noticed that I've added some new stuff - feeds from Twitter and Jaiku, a community map from Frappr, a blog aggregator from Tumblr...and the list goes on. I figured it was about time I actually chronicle them in one spot so you can add these fun tools to your website too!

Some of my current faves are:
  • Twitter
    Twitter is a social networking, text messaging site. I love because I can post to it using a simple text message. Great for those times when internet connections are few and far between. Plus, you can get updates from your friends when they post on their Twitters...Of course, that means you have to have 1) friends and 2) friends with Twitters. Another cool feature is their mobile interface - one of the best I've found - at You'll also want to check out and, two applications that will help you become as addicated to Twitter as I am.
  • Tumblr
    Tumblr is a great blog aggregator. If you're anything like me, you're almost always posting something, just in many different locations. I have something like 11 blogs that I post to on a (relatively) regular basis. Different topics or subjects go on different blogs, etc. I generally try to not cross certain blog-boundaries. But to remember what I posted or where I posted it, impossible. I simply don't have the brainpower. Plus, if someone was looking for all of my blog posts, well...they'd have a lot of work to do with Tumblr. I added Tumblr to the MonkShack in an effort to help everyone find everything I write. I'm really just that considerate. Plus, they allow custom urls, so if you already have a domain name, you can use that for a Tumblr of your very own! Mine is at
  • Frappr
    Frapper allows you add maps of where your site visitors are from. Users can actually enter some basic stuff about themselves when they create a Frappr account (free, of course...I'm cheap!) and it becomes part of the log of visitors to your site! Much better than any stupid ol' guestbook.

Ok, that's all I have time for now. Trust me, there's more, but its going to have to wait for a follow-up post. I simply have to get to blogging...

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