Monday, April 28, 2008

Aboogy - free bookmark manager and startpage

Aboogy is a free, new, innovative, and fully customizable Internet startpage and personal bookmark manager. So what? There are so many free startpages and bookmark managers, that the service should offer something new to get public attention.

Why do I think, that Aboogy is offering something different?
* You choose yourself what elements should be presented on your bookmarking page. There is set of default preloaded information that you may immediately remove.
* You create a list of links to the Web sites that you like.
* You can create categories of Web sites and group your bookmarks as you wish.
* You can easy manipulate the page elements with drag-and-drop approach.
* You can bring the most frequently used sites on the top of the page with pictures associated.
* You can import bookmarks from your browser for mild start.
* You can install a small widget to add bookmarks from your browser (IE or FireFox) with one click.
If you like the description, just check the site:

If you want to continue search for your favorite online bookmarking solution, check the rating list of 67 top social bookmarking sites on RateItAll:

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

SharedReviews is sharing its revenues with members

Today, I was shopping online for the Portable Multimedia Player with Camcorder. Actually, I knew exactly what I want, as I owned one before, and I had on my mind a preferred set of features I am looking for. Where can user go to get an idea, how the product, so nicely described on the manufacturer’s Web Site, behaves in the real life? Is this gadget indeed represents a best value for the money spent? What are the hidden drawbacks, and pleasant surprises? Manufacturer or Distributor Web Sites will not share with you all the secrets, serial problems, and possible reliability issues. To give a hand to the confused buyers, making an informative choice, several online Web Sites stepped in, offering consumer products reviews on their pages.
Most product review sites fall in two general categories: professional or community driven. Sites like CNET Reviews and blogs like CrunchGearimage001 pay their professional staff to review the latest Hi Tech gadgets and give reader a trustworthy and hopefully unprejudiced, opinion on tech toys, their positive and negative features, and overall gadgets rating. Community driven sites like Epinions and Amazon encourage their visitors to post individual reviews, based on their personal experience and private opinion on the products they own or have an informative knowledge.

Since usefulness of the product reviews site strongly depends on the amount of the content and areas of coverage, there are quite a few online communities that decided to share their revenues generated by advertising on the site with the community members: reviewers and, in some cases, with readers, evaluating reviews.

One of the new communities on the market, successfully utilizing this approach, is SharedReviews.Com. They define their social purpose as “a social network that allows you to connect with other consumers to share and learn about real consumer product experiences”. Any product review, generating ads income, is split between earnings going to the review author, and some earnings to those, who spent their time to read, comment, and rate the review. This way, active participation of both authors and commenters is monetary encouraged. is fresh and full of energy. If you are looking for some online supplementary income opportunities, it might be a good choice to start with.

Web Site:

Based on the feedback of the community members, I am changing the company rating from 3 to 4 on the list of the Revenue Sharing Opportunities. You are welcome to access the full listing (132, at the moment):

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

31 best VOIP service offerings: saving on phone bills

VoIP is an acronym for Voice over Internet Protocol, or in more common terms phone service over the Internet. If you have a reasonable quality Internet connection you can get phone service delivered through your Internet connection instead of from your local phone company, or in addition to your traditional phone service. VoIP service providers usually offer better rates than traditional phone companies, but sometimes do not offer common phone services as 911 services, phone directory listings, or 411 services.

If you think about free VoIP services, you realize that none of them are actually completely free. Even in the best hypothetical case in which the VoIP provider does not charge you at all, you still pay for your broadband Internet connection. So, the goal is not to achieve completely free calls to all destinations, but to use the VoIP operator that suits your needs best. Most VoIP companies will let you talk for free in their own network but will charge you for making any outside calls.

The main way for free VoIP calls companies is to offer free calls inside their own network and also towards other specially selected destinations. Using this tactic users are drawn to make calls to free destinations and afterwards purchase credits to make calls towards paid destinations.

If you take Skype for example, one of the most popular VoIP services on the market, you will see that you can initiate conversations with other PC users of Skype free of charge. Of course, this is an advantage for long distance calls, as there is no fee for calls inside the Skype network. But if you want to make calls to regular landlines, you will have to pay. You can make free phone calls on a PC to PC basis using the Skype software, and the number of users on the Skype network is continuously growing. On the other hand if you want to reach someone that doesn’t have a PC or an Internet connection, you’ll have to pay the required fees.

Raketu applied a different approach, offering free phone calls to landlines in 42 countries and live video television. But, you have to pay $9.95 up front in order to use their free services. This security deposit is used as a credit if you happen to call destinations that are not on the free call list.

If you are in the pursuit of a real cost free VoIP service you can use something like voipCheap that allows you to make free calls to PC’s and regular phone lines. It also includes many destinations outside USA and Canada that can be called without paying a cent. The downside is that you have a limited number of 300 minutes that you can use each week, per IP Address. If you talk more than the included 300, you are required to pay for further calls. And, you are also required to pay for calls outside of the destinations listed on the free call list.

I have prepared the Rating List with 15 best VoIP service offerings on the market with brief description, access links, and rating:
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