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(1) Map-Of-The-Market – Cool visual stock market map from SmartMoney.com. It allows you to easily watch hundreds of stocks at once. The stocks are nicely organized by industry and you can customize the map by using the control panel on the right side of the map.

(2) Givv – This site allows you to create a list of non-profit organizations you want to support and donate to all with one monthly payment, from one place. It doesn’t matter how much you donate, the money will be automatically split between organizations you choose and you can cancel your list at anytime.

(3) USPS Mobile – Although you can always access USPS’ (United States Postal Service) main website from your mobile phone and track packages, it is always better if one gets a simpler, trimmed-down version of the site on the small screen of the cellphone. USPS Mobile offers you just that. Read more: USPS Mobile – Mobile Package Tracking Site

(4) [NO LONGER WORKS] Head-To-Head –  Simple online application which allow you to have a video and audio conversations with random person online. All you need to do is go to the website and click on the “Find Stranger” button. Head-To-Head will then look for a random stranger and connect you.

(5) [NO LONGER WORKS] StarCommentator – Ever wanted to present on Sports Centre? Well ESPN and Skype have teamed up to give one lucky person the opportunity to do just that. They have launched a new program dubbed Star Commentator whereby entrants use video recording service embedded on the site and submit a small video application; the winner will present a sport segment on the Asian edition of the show.

 

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  1. Monica Dickey
    November 7, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    Wow that map of the market screenshot is cool. I don't understand it at all but the way they present the info is very unique and I can see that catching on. I'll probably have to learn to read those graphs someday hehe.

  2. Robomaster
    November 7, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I thought this directory was websites and tools chosen by your writers as well as ones submitted for money.

    In that case, I guess I can't really say anything. If only people who pay are in these posts, than at least choose useful ones.

    Thanks!

    • Aibek
      November 11, 2009 at 5:42 am

      MakeUseOF Directory does offer an option to submit an app for consideration via so called "FastTrack" review, but that merely that our editorial team will address the recommendation email instantly, it doesn't guarantee an acceptance.

      As for choosing which apps to publish or not, that's completely up to the author. What may be useful toone can be useless to another.

  3. Robomaster
    November 6, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    I sense that this "cool website and tools" post is going downhill. It's fine to ask those who want priority to pay something to get published, but just because they're paying doesn't mean they should get listed here instead of someone else with a better site or tool.

    Please don't list any website or tool you don't think anybody can use. No offense to this website, but do you seriously think any large amount of people would want to do a video chat with some random stranger? I'm sure there's those few eccentrics, but not the majority of us.

    Please keep good content as a more important goal than more money. If you do, I'm sure the money will come.

    That being said, keep it up! Except for this problem, the posts here on MakeUseOf are excellent and I love them! Thanks a bunch!

    • Aibek
      November 6, 2009 at 10:49 pm

      Hey Robomaster, what do you mean by

      "It’s fine to ask those who want priority to pay something to get published, but just because they’re paying doesn’t mean they should get listed here instead of someone else with a better site or tool."

      The cool tools posts merely lists latest submissions to makeuseof directory.

    • Benefactor
      November 12, 2009 at 1:13 am

      Butthurt?

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