Help
Click

MORE PROGRAMMES

Last Updated: Friday, 22 February 2008, 14:07 GMT
Webscape
Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
Click Webscape-r

Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Buddymapping website

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

With the growing popularity of social networking sites and online gaming communities, people's circles of friends can often extend across the continents.

Buddymapping helps you keep tabs on your virtual contacts.

Using the architecture of Google maps this site allows you to create your own personalised maps and then invite friends and contacts to pin themselves to their location, adding a picture, e-mail or web address and even a link to their MySpace or Facebook pages.

Just register using your e-mail address and password to begin, then give your map a title and description and a dedicated URL extension that makes sense.

Once done you can e-mail this URL to others in your community, or link to it from a forum or website.

Participants only need to click the orange button to add themselves to the map, no registration is needed, and you will begin to build up a picture of where you all sit in the world.


BT Podshow website

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

We have spoken a lot about podcasts and videopodcasts on this show, and why not?

The web is rammed full of amazing content on virtually any subject you can think of, but often finding something decent to watch can be like swimming through treacle.

If you find that is the case then you need to swim on over to BT Podshow, a portal and delivery site that allows you to create your own tailor-made channels full of your favourite shows, all wrapped up in a fast-loading and highly accessible interface.

You will need to register with a few personal details to get going, then you are invited to personalise your space with pictures and information about yourself. This is more important if you are going to be broadcasting your own podcasts. For those of you who just want to watch, you can click the Skip button until you get to the section where you build your own channels.

Click My Collection at the top to access your page of channels. You can browse through the sites content and when you see a show you like, click on it to add it to your channel.

You can even add shows that are not listed on the site by clicking the Add Show link and then entering the location it can be downloaded from.


ThinkFree website

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

Ever found yourself out and about on business and you need to make a change to that Microsoft Word document or spreadsheet?

Or had to make a last-minute tweak to the sales presentation and horror of horrors you realise that you have incompatible software.

Well now you can word process on the move through an internet browser. No fuss, no frills, and no file format issues.

The website is called ThinkFree. You will need to register, then you can choose to upload any documents you want to be able to work with.

You get 1GB of free space which should be plenty for day to day use. There is a premium service that provides much more storage space and cool drive syncing features, but you do not need to sign up for this to take advantage of the basic features.

Once you load a document you can choose to open and edit it, either using Quick Edit with limited options, or the more complicated Power Edit with many of the features you see on your desktop word processor.

The site's software is compatible with most basic MS Office features so you should have no problem making changes to existing documents or you can choose to create a new document from scratch and have it available for you to edit wherever you happen to log on to the net.

One feature I particularly like is the ability to share your document over the web which allows others to work on the page.


WooMe website

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

Speed dating is all the rage these days - where you literally spend five minutes chatting to lots of different people to see if you make a connection.

And now this billion dollar dating phenomenon has invaded the web and you will find it at WooMe.

The idea of this site is to meet five people in five minutes. You will need a webcam and working microphone to take part.

Registration is simple and free, and the usual "dating site" profile options are there for you to complete.

But the real fun starts when you sign up to a session. Click the Sessions tab at the top to see what is on offer and if you do not like the look of any of them why not start your own session.

Before signing up to a session you can use the big green button on the left to check your equipment is up to scratch.

Then you just have to sit there and sparkle with charm as the site's software takes care of the rest.

WooMe is still in beta testing and is completely free for you to hook up with anyone else on the site.

But if you decide you have been "woo'd", you will be asked to pay $1 (0.50) to get each other's contact information.

VIDEO AND AUDIO NEWS
Webscape: Friend maps



SEE ALSO
Kate's downloading advice
01 Jul 05 |  Click
Webscape
15 Feb 08 |  Click
Webscape
08 Feb 08 |  Click
Webscape
01 Feb 08 |  Click
Webscape
25 Jan 08 |  Click
Webscape
18 Jan 08 |  Click
Webscape
11 Jan 08 |  Click
Webscape
04 Jan 08 |  Click


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


banner watch listen bbc sport Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific