This is the third of a three-part series from the students of CSU, Chico’s English 130.
The reviews below were a part of an assignment designed to help students to focus on editing and clarity in their writing for their English 130 course. It also gave them a chance to think about a public audience who might use this information, and since they are studying social media, it introduced them to potential sites that could be useful in their own work and research. The results are ours to enjoy. Please leave a comment if you find any of the reviews to be of particular interest or help.
Survs.com by Lauren Keifer
Survs.com is a website that that lets you create, distribute and analyze online surveys. This website also allows you to create accounts that can be accessed by multiple people such as colleagues. The results to the surveys you create instantly. Survs.com can also help you post the information online, through email, or in your personal website. While enabling you to be confidential with your survey it also allows you to distribute the information throughout the web. If I was planning on creating a survey I would consider using this website. It shows a step by step way of actually creating the survey and then seeing the results from the survey. It could be useful for company’s wanting to show their cost.
CookThing by Rylee Holcomb
Do you have trouble finding recipes or maybe your allergic to a specific ingredient and you just can’t seem to find any recipes with out it? If this is so, there is a quick and and easy site for you to search for recipes. CookThing, is full of delicious recipes. There are 14 categories to chose from. Chicken, rice, beef, salsa, breakfast, bread, pasta, curry, seafood, cake, cookies, soup and eggs. Under each category are ideas like fried rice, grilled chicken, banana bread, pasta sauces and much much more. After you have selected your category, the next step is to select which ingredients you would like your recipe to have or not have. This is a great option for those who have food allergies. Then you simply select the button that says, “search for recipe,” and following your request a large range of recipes will come up. Now the rest is up to you. This sight is great because the recipes are all free and you are able to find exactly what you want in a timely manner. You no longer have to sit and dig through all those dusty recipe books. The title of the site explains it all. CookThing- How to cook anything.
SnapPages by Drew Kittle
SnapPages ( http://www.snappages.com/) is an advanced web page maker in an easy to use user interface. It allows for custom designed pages or premade templates that can be edited by the user. Even though the site is meant for beginners, it offers enough ability that an advanced user might use this site. SnapPages also has the ability to put animations straight on the page, giving it the look of being made by a professional. SnapPages also gives the user one gigabyte of storage, a blog, calendar, photo viewer, and the ability to have friends. Now, SnapPages is free for the basic user, but they offer a Pro version that costs eight dollars a month but has more advanced features. In the Pro version, SnapPages offers the user 10 gigabytes of storage, a custom domain name, html and java applets, analytics, and search engine integration on top of the free account features. There are many free web site makers that offer some of the same features, but not all in one place, making my decision on SnapPages worth it for the free account.
Trivago.com by Mercedes Jimenez
Trivago.com is a website designed to aid the average citizen book a trip and plan out an itinerary for the desired destination. Trivago’s predominant purpose is the booking of hotel rooms but offers several tools to facilitate this purpose such as price comparison of available hotels. Furthermore, Trivago provides information on one’s destination such as photos and ratings of main attractions featured by one’s destination. When one is unsure of a city’s sightseeing goals, Trivago presents ratings on these destinations such as accessibility, “must-see” factor and even budget friendliness. Trivago allows users to virtually explore their destination through the photos, maps and ratings provided, influencing one’s decision on a travel destination. Moreover, in the state of today’s economy, Trivago provides one with extensive information regarding economic issues such as several hotel prices and monetary facts on sightseeing. Trivago is a well designed travel website with many features for the savvy traveler and facilitates several aspects of travelling, thus making the planning of a trip easier and wallet-friendly.
Pipl.com by Kameran Malcolm
Pipl.com is a way for you to find information on other people. You type in their name and the city that they reside in and hit search. What I have found is that it only works well if you search for older people. When I did a search for myself all that came up was my Facebook page. When I did a search on my dad a lot of things came up like his address, birth date, phone number and the years that he attended high school. This website can be used by anyone. If you apply for a job the employer can look you up using this site and it will tell them everything about you. This website could be good to research people if you are looking to do a paper or if you are a stocker, but you should most likely look for people who are at least twenty five because then you will have a better chance of finding information about them. This website this would and could also be the ultimate background check.
Karaoke Party by Gabriela Bueno
Karaoke party is a web 2.0 site that offers many songs that available to its members to use and sing along with. While searching for a site I would be interested in I found karaoke party. I have always wanted to play because I like to sing and I might as well do it now that I have the chance. The demo has seventeen songs and it included my favorite songs. Heaven, Hotel California, and Imagine. All you need is a microphone incorporated in your computer. Party mode is when you compete with other people you are with. I enjoyed myself while singing because they give you the lyrics and have the song play while following the guide. The demo is free to try and you can become a member and access all the songs available for eight dollars a month. This site can be accessed by a phone or computer. I really enjoyed the site because it was like nothing I ever imagined. The site was very fun and I am even thinking of becoming a member.
BallHype by Jacob Coday
On the web 2.0 site I found a good site under the “Sport Web 2.0 Tools and Applications” section. The site that I found is called Ball Hype. The website is a news site strictly for sports. It keeps you updated on what’s going on in the sports. If you are a baseball fan then you could look in the MLB section and find out who has been traded or fired. Another part I found interesting was a NFL section that would help you out with Fantasy Football. The site has a section that writes about what players are playing really good and which one are struggling. The site also allows you to blog with other sport fans and just about any topic that has to do with sports. Another feature on the site is you can watch video about sports. Whether it be a recap of a game or an interview that a player had. On the home page of the website it tells you the scores of the games that are playing. I feel like that site is very helpful.
Raylit by Allison Laviolette
Raylit is a website that is designed to teach preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first graders. This site takes into account their physical and mental ability. You start off by creating an account. Then the user adds their child to the account by providing the child’s name and age, same goes for each additional kid. Once this information is taken, you have two options; to go to the parent center or the kid’s session. The parent center allows you to create a profile for your child. This profile records behavioral and learning abilities and techniques. It also shows the parent their child’s progress throughout the entire session. On the other hand, if the user clicks the kid’s session, they automatically begin the learning session. Each session is led by cartoon characters, which walk the child through every activity, giving them encouragement based on their behavior. The child is assigned a list of tasks which the program guides you through each time you sign in. It consists of games, videos, and educational activities. Overall, this site makes learning fun and easy for young children.
On the Road by Lena Cottam
The concept of the website in “On the Road” is to have the ability to keep in touch with friends and family while on vacation or moving abroad. The idea is to create a travel blog that is accessible to all with an internet connection that may want to keep track of their traveling friends or relatives. The site allows its users to post pictures, create an online journal documenting their journeys, or post videos that are easy to obtain by friends or anyone who may be interested in a certain trip. The blog can be private or public, but keeping it viewable to all is suggested. Unfortunately, the website is centered on posting pictures and info about trips via an iPhone. This secludes the users of the websites and narrows down who can use it easily, catering to those with a certain technology that’s inaccessible to others. Also, there are several travel blog sites within the realms of 2.0 that are similar, more accredited, and already widely used for the same exact purposes. Basically, the idea already happened, but not with the use of iPhones so incorporated. Overall, still a good and useful idea.
CookThing by Danny Cruz
Enter what you want to cook. Get a list of common ingredients in that dish, select what ingredients you want to use and CookThing retrieves a list of recipes for what you want to cook with the ingredients you want to use. You have the power to search for recipes with the ingredients you want to use. How many times have you searched for a recipe but discovered you didn’t have one of the ingredients? Now, you can search for a different recipe that only use the ingredients you already have. It’s just as great as the other recipe sites. This site also includes pictures and reviews. Diabetic? No problem, search any dish and simply click on Splenda and get a list of dishes that use Splenda rather than sugar. Trying to stick to a low sodium dish? Unclick the salt ingredient and you get several dishes that don’t use salt. CookThing even organizes dishes by their ratings. This site is especially cool for people that like cooking dishes with uncommon ingredients. Overall, this site has all the benefits of other cooking sites plus more.
Ceevee by Gina Metzger
Ceevee helps you basically build the perfect resume. This first appealed to me because there have been times when I have applied for jobs, and I think that if my resume had been a little bit better, I would have gotten the job. I clicked on it, and immediately was impressed. You click “get started” on the website, and it asks you your email address, and a password, and it goes directly into a page where you can edit your resume. It then asks you for your first and last name, gender, phone number, skills, experience, etc. you can choose a theme for it, you can make it public or private, and you can reorder the different sections in it, as well as add to them. One thing that I did not like about the site is when you first click on it from the web 2.0 site, you have to go to different link to direct you to the actual resume builder. Overall, I would give this site a 9.2 out of 10.
Timetonote.com by Stephanie Burke
Timetonote is a 100% free web based collaboration tool that helps employees effectively track all suppliers, customers, leads, or anyone else important to the business. Features include: a task manager, contact list, and a contact history with each person or company. Timetonote also allows you to make notes about previous conversations which is especially useful if there is more than one person working with a client. The task manager organizes tasks in time based groups such as: today, tomorrow, this week, next week, and overdue. As time passes, the task moves along with it. Timetonote is a useful tool to help collaborate your company on one simple website. It’s time to throw away those pesky sticky notes and delete those countless company emails and get your company connected on Timetonote.
WorkoutBOX by Lana Lucchesi
WorkoutBOX is a new website that was built from a group of highly experienced fitness professionals to help make your workout life easier and healthier. WorkoutBOX is full of different kinds of workouts and it breaks it down for you in different sections. If you are looking for ideas such as ab, leg, arm or back workouts, they have them in separate links and tabs. Not only do they have example workout plans, but also exercises, training guide, blogs and different programs you can become involved in. As well as a shopping tab where you can purchase vitamins and minerals, whey protein, and body care materials. WorkoutBOX is not only just in text, but you can watch workouts and exercises on step-by-step video clips shown by fitness professionals. WorkoutBOX is also connected with Facebook, so you can see updates whenever you sign on. What’s good about WorkoutBOX is it’s not a scam or a rip off because it’s free; anyone and whoever may sign up to join if they are searching for a website that can make their fitness simple.
milo.com by Molly Maher
The Web 2.0 site I researched about was http://www.milo.com. This is a data base for online shoppers looking for a certain product. The user types in the product name of what they want, and the area they want to find it. Or the user could scroll to the bottom of the page and shop by state or by the product directory. The products can be any item at all, from computers to clothing. Once the user types in all the information, a list of all possibilities of where the user can find the product comes up. Then, the user can narrow down the search field by price and availability. Also, they have a list of all the different categories and brands the user could choose from. In addition, there is a rating of the product up to five stars. It finds different places to find the product, and compares the prices to the other stores. It is very simple and easy for anyone to use.
WorkoutBOX by Monica Carroll
The website WorkoutBOX is designed to make your fitness simple. Using this website you can find a seemingly unlimited amount of workout routines and nutrition facts to keep you healthy. Not only does WorkoutBOX give you everything you need to know about how to stay healthy and professionally designed workouts with step-by-step video instructions, but it also includes support from an expert fitness team. The website is extremely easy to use as well. You must go through a free-of-charge sign-up to view the step-by-step video instructions, but everything else you can view without signing up. The website introduces you to workouts for every part of your body. This website also had a ton of useful information on how to eat healthy. There was also a Blog included in this website for members to give their own opinions on topics that the website introduced. You can also purchase many muscle-building products in the “shop” section of the website. This website seems very useful with all the information and tips it provided.
Picture Trail by Madison McCrea
Picture trail is a website that is used for the enhancement of photos to be published on the Internet. Not only can you enhance photos but also share them with your friends online, and make slideshows. With these slide shows, you can add music to it and make it your own. It is a website similar to snap phish and photobucket, but slightly different. With photobucket and snap phish, you mostly just store your pictures, like an online photo album. Picture trail on the other hand is a user based picture sharing website. User based in the sense that it is solely for internet literate people. You can also send digital postcards which is interesting. This site is useful because it is good for keeping in touch with people, you can share photos with family and friends. I know that my family uses websites like these all the time to keep up with the most recent family photos. It keeps people connected, and makes it possible to turn your life into an online story. People that may want to avoid sites like this are the ones that aren’t very technology savvy; for example, my dad would be very confused about a site like this, and probably just get angry at it.
Workout Box by Katlyn Brock
The Web 2.0 Application “Workout Box” is one of the best ways of working out on your own time and at home. There are millions of workouts that anyone has access to, all you have to do is sign up. The best part about Workout Box is that it’s totally free. When signing up make a username and password and tell them what your fitness goal is. On this website you search for what part of your body you want to work out and then tons of videos of workouts will come up that you can do. Also, with these videos there are people that comment on them so you know if they really work or not. You can also put your own feedback and let others know how it it’s working for you. Another way to help with your own workout program are training logs where you can keep track of all the exercising you do. One other thing is a forum on the website where you can have discussions with people about the workouts and what works best.