Thing #19: Web 2.0 tools

I was surprised to see how many of these winning tools I’ve used and/or just played with.  Here’s a list:

  • bloglines (my BIL’s blog is there)
  • Library Thing (for learning 2.0)
  • Yelp (just because)
  • Yahoo!Local (just because)
  • Craigslist (found my apartment there)
  • PBWiki (for learning 2.0 and school)
  • WetPaint (for school)
  • 43 Things (just because)
  • Google Maps (Because I get lost)
  • Zoho (for learning2.0)
  • Flickr (for learning2.0)
  • Yahoo!Answers (just because)
  • Zillow (because I’m into real estate)
  • Rollyo (for learning 2.0)
  • Del.icio.us (for learning 2.0)
  • YouTube (because it’s fun)

So, picking one that I hadn’t tried already and that looked interesting was hard!  Well, since I’m planning lots of weekends away, I chose to look at Farecast.  Their search engine has a clean appearance and is easy to use.  There are very few options, so you don’t have to worry about clicking too many buttons or checking too many boxes.  Because it was so clean (no major pictures/advertisements) each page only took a second to load.  Currently, there are only two tabs: one for flights, and one for hotels.  The hotels are still in their beta version. 

I appreciated being able to search multiple airports for flights, and then being able to narrow the flights from there.  The sliding bar adjuster for times was easy to use as well.  Farecast also lists the different websites where each price can be found, so that you don’t have to look all over the place, or open a million browser windows to find what you’re looking for. 

I think they might do well to offer vacation packages, but I do know that they’re still new and in their beta stage, so it’ll probably come later.

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