Using technology to make your life easier!
Ember is a free service that lets anyone create a custom playlist of videos from the top video sites like YouTube, Vimeo etc. on the web. These compilations are do not alter or change the original video in any way nor do they make a copy–the system works by linking existing videos together in viewer that allows the user to scroll through and select all or specific videos to view.
A picture or in this instance a video is worth a thousand words so take a few moments to view the Embedr compilation on 21st Century Learning that I put together in just a few minutes.
One of the advantages of Web 2.0 is that there are hundreds or thousands of tools, sites, mashups being developed for a myriad of uses. This presents a significant challenge–how do you find the right to for the right job. Sites the like Mashable are my first stop when looking for specific Web 2.0 tools but as excellent as Mashable is, I often find myself looking for a tool that is just a little bit more or is better at…, and fall back to a Google search entry like “Compfight vs” to see what reviews have been written on a particular app or site and more specifically to search out similar tools and explore my options.
This is where Listio comes in and makes my search for the perfect tool much easier. Listio is a community directory of Web 2.0 tools, sites and services. The site allows you to browse Web 2.0 apps by their tags, search existing and new Web 2.0 apps and read and write reviews. Perhaps the most useful aspects of the site is the list of related applications which can be accessed from an application review page.
This feature has made my life much easier by giving me the option of viewing a wide selection of applications that are similar to the one that I may currently be testing or reviewing.