Saturday, January 27, 2007

Do Re Midomi-Find That Song, Great But Why Can't I Share It On Myspace?

Midomi is a song search engine with a dash of social networking thrown in. it the other way around?

If you can't remember the name of that song you were humming this morning, hum it into your mic. Midomi says they will match the little ditty, you were singing or humming, with the original and(this is where the dash comes in) they'll match it to other users who uploaded their own rendition.

Here's an overview of their service:
  • Search by singing/humming
  • Compare to recordings uploaded by other users
  • Listen to matching part you sang
  • Listen to preview of original song
  • Listen to entire recordings submitted by other users
  • Rate/comment on other users
  • Buy original song
  • Find out more by listening to users other recordings
  • Write messages to other users
  • See users Favorites and fans
  • Can't find matches to your song? record and upload one
  • Alternatively use the traditional search box method
I like the idea here. It's fun. With the social network aspect, you can say "listen to me". Brag, boast, share your voice with the world. What I can't understand is why they didn't widgetize this. People love Youtube. No matter how stupid or corny the videos(and the people who made them) may be, Youtube has shown that people want that...feeling of fame. Music and singing isn't that far of a stretch. It's in the same vein as video communities. The audio search function would make the site that much more attractive, unique, and different from your "average" social network.

I really think Midomi needs to consider an embeddable feature. Take that rating, voting, and favorites system to peoples blogs, websites, and myspaces.

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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Will Ijigg Be Viral

Ijigg, the Digg-like site that is all about music. It works similar to Digg only you don't vote news stories to the top, you vote songs that you can upload and listen to.

It's a fun way to discover new music, and they add an embeddable feature, that let's you put your favorite songs on your site or blog-like this one that I took a liking to:

There's lots of places to find music online. Ijigg found a way that could be deliciously addictive. I think they laid a pretty good foundation but they may need to work on some things. The front page "most popular" just appears to be random songs with Jiggs as little as 3 or 4 taking top spot. There is also no way to boo a song. Maybe a thumbs down isn't exactly what a music site needs, but I think there needs to be an easy lame button that Ijigg could add to get the community to help filter out junk. The rest, I think, is up to them attracting a large enough community.

It definitely seems to have all the ingredients to make it viral, but the greatest idea means nothing if the community decides to move on.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

New Format for Emergency Trap

For the past 4 months, Emergency Trap has vigorously reported on Web 2.0 sites and technologies, as well as providing fun and informative news articles on current events around the Blogosphere. We have maintained an average of a post a day or every other day-sometimes more than one post a day. Over 4 months, that's roughly 120 posts to date. I think that's amazing especially considering it was all done by one person-yours truly.

Well, yours truly has returned to college. You can imagine the workload that comes from simply attending college, but add to that being a sophomore English major which means major reading and writing, my extracurricular activities, side projects, and I still like to squeeze in some fun. It all adds up fast, and I have to really budget my time.

I'm cutting back the posts to a weekly format. Don't worry though. You'll still get the same great articles I've always put out. They'll just be slightly fewer and farther between.

I've had a lot of fun, and am proud to have gotten so many posts out in such a short time. I feel like I have a lot of great content under my belt. Cutting back a bit will not only keep me from burning out, but I think it will please viewers. Most people don't check their subscribed blogs everyday anyway. So I think this new format will still be really great, and I look forward to serving you up the same great content indefinitely.

Thanks for tuning in, and I hope you continue to keep Emergency Trap in your subscriptions and bookmarks.


Tuesday, January 16, 2007

New Gen Gamers

There's a gaming news startup on the internet horizon and they invite you to watch them grow.

New Gen Gamers will feature news, reviews, previews, media, editorials, and more for electonic video games.

At its core, it's a gaming site. If you've seen other gaming sites, you have a rough idea of what to expect. I think what you won't expect is the enthusiasm, that you can already get a sense of from looking at the site, and the fresh way the information is delivered to you. These guys ARE the gaming scene. To one degree or another, they eat, sleep, and breathe games.
I have had a chance to work with the small group of young men who are putting this site together, and I can tell you that they have a passion for it. I am sure, that as long as that passion I've seen holds out, they will go places-big places.

What's really great about this site, that's in its pre-infancy, is there giving the online gaming community a chance to watch them develop their site and brand. You can also sign up now and grab the choice usernames before the site is finished, so you will have that sw33t L337 name that you really want.

I love that they are developing online. It's really great to watch a massive gaming site like this grow before your eyes. It's going to be fun watching this site grow.

I'm gonna help these guys out with what I can, and I'm putting a link to their site up on Emergency Trap, so definately go check it out and sign up.

Monday, January 15, 2007

First Shoutcentral, Now Talkr . Are They "Selling Out"?

I saw on Read/WriteWeb that Talkr is up for sale on Ebay. I followed the auction for Shoutcentral but totally forgot to post after it sold, and then I just didn't feel like putting it up after so many other blogs did. I did, however, figure I'd help spread the news about Talkr, since it's still fresh, has 9 days to go, and doesn't have any bids yet.

I wonder if this is the start of a trend? Will Web 2.0 sites that aren't getting any funding, or feel they aren't generating enough revenue, feel like cashing out for one lump sum?

I wonder, if people, who started these apps, are just selling because they don't have time(for whatever reason), why did they start it to begin with? What I'm getting at is if Shoutcentral and Talkr both felt like they were successful and making enough money, would they still sell? How much of their projects were out of a passion to change their lifestyle and how much was just to get rich quick? Someone bought Shoutcentral, and Talkr is hoping to sell itself, so their must be others that feel they can do something with the sites.

If Shoutcentral sold itself, and Talkr is hoping to do the same, why buy it? I'm no business man, I've said it before, but there are so many variables to take into account that I don't think you could quantify the reasons for selling these sites. You can't know for sure if someone won't pick them up and be successful with them or not.

I don't want to try to label what their doing in terms of good or bad, but more of what their convictions are.

Do they do it for the money, for a love of their work, or both?

The whole situation with Shoutcentral and now with Talkr concerns a lot of information I don't have. Based on their actions, and my guesses, It sounds like they are cashing out for one lump sum now, instead of a lot more spread out over time-Like those cash advance companies that take your lottery winnings and turn them into one lump sum, but they take a nice chunk of the overall winnings.

So I would pose a question. Are they giving up on a dream for a small lump of cash now? or are they "at the end of their rope" and it's not paying off for them, so they're at least trying to get something out of it? Are they a potential McDpnalds only to give up too early?

If I started an online app, and had a passion for it, and I knew that with enough hard work, I could do something with it, I'd stick with it(Unless some how I could know that it won't amount to anything-but I don't really know that). I'd do my best to weigh the options-Can I do something with this, and have it pay off? or is this not going anywhere and I know this won't give me the lifestyle I want, so I'll sell it? It goes back to what I said about their convictions. Are they really selling it because they think it won't make any money? and if so, then why are others buying it? Or, are they just giving up too soon, and taking a flashy one time lump sum of cash because they think it's all they'll get or they're not realizing the potential to make more with the app?

Let me know your opinions.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Real World Web 2.0-Brick and Mortar Corporate Logos Redone in Web 2.0 Style

I thought this was very neat, and really well done. It's brought to us courtesy gtmcknight.

There's a couple logos I don't recognize. The "m" in the top right corner, the "circled W" above the Wal-Mart logo, "Phzr", and the red one beside the UPS logo...I think that's all

Also, why is there 2 IBM's-one in all caps, and one in lowercase?

Ebay and the American flag seem to break the concept of real life corporate logos, but they are still neat.

I loved the subtle changes made to the McDonald's logo.

Lastly, I got a laugh out of the Wal-Mart logo because the first thing I thought of was to put "Omega" in place of "always".

I love looking through Web 2.0 logos. I've always had an artisitic side, and really appreciate this kind of "art".

Let me know of any other logo collections or similar artistic endeavors out there, in the comments.

Name a Web 2.0 App, Win an iPod

What do you call a Web 2.0 app that will
" small businesses—freelancers, real estate agents, graphic designers, work-for-yourselfer—follow a simple formula for profit: spend less than you make. It's focused software that does one thing—manage money—and it does it well."
? Dunno, but that's where you and I come in. is running a contest where you can win $250, and a brand new project red iPod Nano. That's pretty cool.

And it isn't baiting to get you to fill out a long form with all your details. It's baiting to get your email.

It worked for me. I gave the name "Wallit". Not very interesting, but I thought it was semi-clever. The contest ends on February 15th so go take a stab at it, and leave me a comment with what name you picked.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Need To Remember Something? Jott It Down

I should've waited a day before making my list of web apps that help us offline.

Jott let's you leave a message from your phone that will be transcribed and sent via email or TXT to you or others.

They do a good job of keeping the procedure simple. No calling multiple numbers or listening to long prerecorded operators(I'm always dissapointed when I find a cool service only to find out the hassle of using it outweighs the convenience they offer).

This works like your personal recorder on you cell phone except with your phone you could forget about it. With Jott, you can send the message to your email which makes a nice reminder that you can't so easily forget.

It's a nice way to send TXT messages to friends and family. I personally don't TXT much. It takes me a long time, and my friends don't use it either. Still, on rare occasions Jott could be helpful when you want to send a quick TXT to a friend.

In your account, you organize and add contacts. This is where the convenience comes in. When you are out 'n about and want to send a message, you call a single Jott number, hit a one digit extension, say the name your leaving the message for, and record it. Hang up when your done recording.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Unique Web 2.0 Sites That Connect to Your Offline Life

I've mentioned the aspect of too many social networking clones clogging up the netwaves. Now I'd like to mention some fun little sites that help enhance other sites, or technologies that we use offline. Just for fun, I've listed some alternative uses to some of the sites that you may not ordinarily think of.

  1. Free 411-We've already been dialed into this site thanks to Techcrunch, but it deserved me listing it nonetheless. As the name implies, it's a free alternative to the pricey 411 information. It's a great service that works just as well as my regular service(which I'll never use as long as Free 411 is around).
  2. Jangl-Get a Jangl ID to hand out to anyone you wouldn't mind getting a call from, but your still a little shy or worried about handing out your real number. Sounds like it'd be great to use on dating sites, or auction sites not to mention an easy secure way of connecting with possible new friends through Myspace and forums.
  3. MyWaves-They claim thousands of channels of video in their line up that you can organize and beam to your phone for free.
  4. Mobifeeds-Sick of never being able to take your favorite blog(hint, hint) on the road with you? Use Mobifeed to turn any site mobile.
  5. Meetup-This one needs no explanation. It's been around so long. OK, I have to say something just in case someone doesn't know. Use Meetup to get groups, clubs, or likeminded people together in your area.
  6. YouMail-Free customized voicemail for your phone. It works just like assigning different ringtones to different people in your contacts list, but instead of ringtones yor using different voicemails that you pre-record. Something they don't publicize near enough is their ditchmail feature to permanently rid you of certain callers(no, I don't think it works with restricted telemarketers, but it's still a great feature). I did a story that Gearlive printed, if you want to read a bit about the service.
  7. Fat fingers-Type in what your looking for on Ebay, and Fat fingers searches multiple typos, based on that term, to snag you some great savings.
  8. Flickr leech-This is one of my personal favorites. All it does is search Flickr based on a search term or user ID you give it, and it pulls whole screen fulls of thumbnails. It's such a fun, quick, and easy way to look at photos on Flickr. I find myself surfing through photos almost everyday. I've also used this to find new Web 2.0 sites and other companies.
  9. Semapedia-I'm mixed on this. I decided to list it based on its cool premise that you can tag the real world. It uses Wikipedia to define objects. Enter a Wikipedia URL of the object you want to tag(say your favorite book), print out a Semacode and stick it. Someone wanting to know more about the book can take a picture of the tag with their phone. The tag contains code that corresponds to a particular URL. The person taking the picture will be zapped to that entry in Wikipedia. Still confused? That's why I included all the links in this entry. Go read up on this technology that is already everywhere in Japan.
  10. Snoozester-Schedule a wake up call online, and receive it on your phone. Need a good excuse to get out of something? Have a well placed call to your cell, and get out of that boring meeting...or whatever.
As a special bonus, I thought I'd throw in Beamfile which lets you send files up to 5 gigs in size to people for free. It's a super small program that's simple, intuitive, non-buggy. I think it's almost as good as you could make it. My one beef is that it's slow. I connected to my friend and we barely got an average of 20Kb/ps, and we're both on broadband. Of course your mileage may vary.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Tired of One New Social Networking Site After Another

In my never ending search to report and comment on the latest Web 2.0 sites, I've slowly been developing a sickening malaise from seeing all these general social networking sites popping up.

One Digg clone, Reddit clone,, Newsvine, Myspace clone after another is starting to congest the stream of new Web 2.0 sites coming out.

The Web 2.0 phenom has been in stale territories for a little while now which may not produce another Dot Bomb, but could lead to some sizable sink holes.

Now, I'm no business man-that's not my specialty, but I'm wondering how all these copy cats are getting their capital. I'm assuming venture capitalists are investing in them. It could just be that these investors are in it for the business end and haven't much, or any knowledge on the Web 2.0 scene beyond it's current popularity.

In the long run, this will all balance out. Unsuccessful companies will go away, and a thinning of more diverse and solid ones will remain. What I'm hoping doesn't happen is a slingshot effect where the fad wears off and investors start telling startups to talk to the hand.

I guess you have to take the bad with the good. I like seeing a lot of startups, but I don't like how many of them are just clones.

In the end, nobody knows for sure what will happen. Maybe we will have Dot Bomb 2.0, or the momentum keeps going for another year or two, or maybe the money will dry up from the dwindling pool of startups leaving us with the already established kings.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Like Your Messy Workspace? Get Bumptop

Bumptop(I keep wanting to say bumtop for some reason-conjuring up an image of someone I'd call a messy bum for having such a cluttered workplace) is a prototype desktop platform that let's you organize files the same way most of us organize papers and files on our workspace-throwing things in piles.

The 3D interface demo is well put together, explaining things simply while slowly getting more in depth and explaining more complicated features.

It looks like a nice interface that uses a mouse or stylus to fling, push, pull, drag, or "bump" single or groups of files around the virtual desk. It's a very intuitive way of dealing with virtual documents, although, there is still a degree of technical skill needed when sorting and organizing groups.

I'm not sure how users will take to this new interface, apart from the initial wonder of a new toy. On one level it seems "easier" for less tech savvy people. I can see how it gives people a similar reference point to follow-their real life clutter. On the other hand, when you start to get a semi-large amount of files building up, you are still going to need a certain level of computer skills(similar to the ones used in manipulating a Windows or Mac desktop) to operate it.

The major drawback that I see is it looks very memory intensive. We may see that only a few of the people currently running Windows will be able to run Bumptop.

It's yet to be seen if a computer illiterate person will "catch on" quicker with this interface than pre-existing ones, but for now it looks slick and they're already generating a sizable buzz around the net. They have a signup over at their site for people wanting future information on beta testing.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

Same Great Taste, Less Filling.

Welcome to the birth of the new Emergency Trap. I still need to migrate some things over from the old design, and work on a few aesthetics of this new design, but this is IT.

There may be a few things not working correctly, but I know that at least the comment links work. So let me know what you think.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Throughout the course of the following week, there is a major update going to take place. I have a complete site redesign planned.

I'm going to get all the major changes taken care of first, then throw the site up. There will be a period where all the links and widgets will be missing. So please bear with me as I slowly migrate all that stuff over.

I can't wait to put the new design up. It will be vastly more functional across browser platforms. I like the current design, but I just haven't gotten it to work in many of the browsers and different resolutions. This new design fixes that.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Fixed Comments link

Another blunder I managed to fix. For an indeterminate amount of time, my comments link wasn't working below my posts. Turns out I flubbed a bit of coding, but It's all better now.

Comment away.

Friday, January 05, 2007

OKCupid! The Politics Test

Write today down. This is my first shameless link-bait. I know, I know, but I couldn't resist the Politics Test.

You are a

Social Liberal
(71% permissive)

and an...

Economic Moderate
(55% permissive)

You are best described as a:


Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

I was surprised by my overall outcome, not disappointed mind you. For the record, I'm a registered Republican.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

"Web 2.0" Most Cited Word On Wikipedia

It seems that whether it can be properly explained/defined or not, Web 2.0 was the most popular term on Wikipedia for 2006.

Here's hoping "Emergency Trap" wins in 2007.

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Momcorp Is So 2.0

Momcorp was the ruthless corporation owned by Mom in the animated television series Futurama.

While watching the episode "Futurestock" I noticed how the logo on Mom's deathstar-like ship looked very "Web 2.0".

This episode first aired in 2002. The person most noted for coining the phrase "Web 2.0" is
O'Reilly in 2004.

Whether by a rather amusing coincidence or some crazed genius on the part of show creator Matt Groening, The 2.0 reference gives the show a renewed sense of credibility.

What we end up with is a retro futuristic reference to a past that hadn't happened yet, but did come true. Too bad all those retro futuristic images of flying cars didn't come true(yet). I'd sure like to get me one of those.

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Turning Media Hounds Back Into Couch Potatos

Some people are preparing for throngs of media junkies and content hounds to be returning to their couches to get their fix, in the coming year.

New HD televisions with PC interfaces, and the next gen consoles Playstation 3 and the Nintendo Wii's web browser interfaces will be drawing more people back into the living room and one site is geared towards making the television web viewing experience easier.

Sofatube is basically a mashup of the video communities Youtube and Revver. How they deliver the videos to you is there niche. Their premise is simple-everything on a computer screen is scaled down and you sit much closer to it than you would when lounging in front of your TV. Connect your computer to your TV and still easily search for videos while keeping away from the eye doctor.

To put it even simpler. The site is filled with Jumbo text for easy viewing from a distance. It might sound stupid to some, but it's a nice idea. I wouldn't be surprised if pre-existing sites start offering a more TV friendly format of their sites in the future.

Turning your TV into a PC screen isn't a new idea. It is however becoming easier and more attractive as new technologies emerge. It's yet to be seen if New LCD screen TV's and next gen consoles, such as the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii, really grab a marginal percentage of the population and keep them on their couches, but a site like Sofatube serves a purpose nonetheless with the people who have already been using their TV's to view online content.

I like Sofatube's idea but it would be nice if they offered more content. I think they should push to be a "channel" directory for many of the popular video communities on the net, as well as streaming online TV sites such as Streamick.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Let...Anonymity Ring

Jangl lets you communicate via your phone without having to divulge your real phone number.

Sign up, get and share your Jangl ID. Others use your ID to get an anonymous number through Jangl to call you on your phone.

This is another simple idea that could have huge consequences. One can see that Ebay users could benefit from more immediate and personal contact with sellers. Business-wise this is a good thing for sellers. With all the scams running amok, it's very reassuring to the potential buyer that there is a real person to help them out. This business idea crosses over into any online business. It'd be a great way for small home-based businesses to use an anonymous number to offer customer support while protecting their home number.

This would be a great service for dating sites as well. Allowing another level of interaction between potential matches.

I wouldn't even mind using this to just meet new people through chat rooms or forums, but I think the majority of those users have a shyness that simultaneously draws them to the forums and keeps them from getting too intimate with others.

Well, besides the more obvious uses I've listed, I'd like to hear your opinions on some more unique ideas for this service.

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Monday, January 01, 2007

Ga Ga over Gizmo

There's enough news and info out there already on the VoIP service Gizmo. Indeed, Read/Write Web has just released a new writeup about it. I decided instead of an informational post that I would just tell you why I like it so much.
The ability to record phone conversations is a huge plus, in my book. As a podcaster, it's nice to have this built-in instead of needing a second dedicated recording program.

The ability to, not only, record a phone conversation, but also use it with free conference calls makes the deal that much sweater . People participating in the conference can be calling in from a computer or land line.

Finally I'd have to say that there free calling plan is a nice bit of marketing. It's yet to be seen how this pans out, but for now it's a great way for them to build customers and for us to get free phone-to-phone calls.

Gizmo has become my favorite VoIP phone/messaging program, and it wouldn't bother me one bit if it became the number one used VoIP software in the world.

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