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I encounter so many web apps over the course of any given day that some tend to get lost in the mix, especially the oddball little applications that do something that isn’t in my standard workflow. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate how useful and creative […]

I encounter so many web apps over the course of any given day that some tend to get lost in the mix, especially the oddball little applications that do something that isn’t in my standard workflow. That doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate how useful and creative those apps are, just that I end up setting them aside to come back to later.

So here I’m going to give those apps a chance to shine, because even if I can’t personally use them during the course of my day-to-day business, it’s entirely possible that many of you can. Accordingly, here are four oddball little web applications that do things you may not even have realized you wanted one to do in the first place.

Create Your own YouTube with Fliggo

As the prevalence of video on the web continues to grow, it makes sense that video social networking should grow, too. And since there are already numerous apps that allow you to create your very own social network, it also makes sense that one should also exist to help you create your own social video site.

Fliggo (covered by Liz over on NewTeeVee last year) allows you to do just that. It’s a smart, simple, easy-to-use and visually stunning platform for easy construction of a video sharing site of your very own. It works well whether you want to set up a home for a series of instructional training videos for your workplace or client, or if you just need a place for the family to gather and share home videos online.

Design Your Space with Floorplanner

My brother recently had to create a plan of the tenant apartment he recently put into the basement of his new house. Part of the process required that he submit a floorplan of the converted space to the city for licensing purposes. Neither of us are good at AutoCAD, so we had to look around for another solution.

Floorplanner does just what we needed. You can map out your space and design the layout of furniture, fixtures, etc. quickly and painlessly. Everyone from office managers to interior decorators can probably find a great use for this.

Put Your Heads Together with ResearchGate

I’m no scientist, but that hasn’t stopped me from always wanting to be one. Sure, I took basically the opposite career path and went into English, but I still like to think that I have a fairly scientific mind.

If that mind were properly trained, I’d use it to contribute to the community at ResearchGate. It’s a social network designed specifically for professional scientists, so that they can connect, share findings, and form mutually beneficial partnerships and research teams. If you’re actually working in a scientific field, it’s well worth checking out.

Get Everyone Together and Active with TeamSnap

I never really used to like team sports all that much growing up, but now I play in two dodgeball leagues two nights a week. It’s a great way to meet people, stay active, and just have fun, and the range of athletic ability means everyone can participate.

Managing a team for coed, intramural or beer league sports can be a tricky thing. Tracking down team members, arranging and sharing game time and location information, and keeping track of who’s paid what and who’s in need of equipment or uniforms or things like that can all present quite a challenge. TeamSnap takes a lot of that trickiness out of the process, and there’s a free plan, so it works on any budget.

There are some great little gems hidden out there in the world wide web. It can be hard to sift for diamonds, though. I try to note as many promising ones as I can, and hopefully the ones I’ve passed on today will help some of you out there in your personal and professional pursuits.

Found a hidden gem of an app recently? Let us know about it!

  1. Jimmarie Rodriguez Cruz Tuesday, January 12, 2010

    Would love more info like this.

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  2. If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball…

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  3. Dodgeball rocks. I run a league myself (http://welldodgeball.com). It’s currently on wordpress, but I’ll have to consider teamsnap.

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  5. Big fan of TeamSnap. Everything team is just so easy there.

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