Sites of the Week: February 9, 2014

“It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

Factoid: Fewer Americans are reading books. A new Pew Research Center poll found that 23 percent of adults did not read a single book last year, up from 16 percent in 1990 and 8 percent in 1978.

Now on to this week’s sites. This week, I’m sending out three ‘Site of the Week’ recommendations.

NPR: A Much More Honest Version Of Those Facebook Anniversary Videos

This site comes to you via my wife, Betty. For Facebook’s 10th anniversary, it made personalized videos for all of its members from timeline compilations set to music. This parody comes from the same Check out this hilarious parody from the same team (Tripp and Tyler) who created the “Conference Call in Real Life” video featured in the January 25 Sites of the Week.

Helpouts by Google

This marketplace site’s tag line is “Real help from real people in real time”. Currently there are 7 categories of assistance. Prices are set by the providers. Some help is free. Other help is fee-based (payable by Google Wallet). Paid help is backed by a 100% money back guarantee. You can choose whom you receive help from based on their qualifications, availability, ratings and reviews. The home page has a short video that explains this new Google offering. You can request a free tour of the product by one of the Helpouts team.

If you have expertise or talent you would like to share, you can sign up to become a provider. You can allow customers to schedule you based on your availability. You set the pricing. More information is provided on their Help page including pricing advice.

Lifehacker: The Complete Guide to Making Animate GIFs

I’ve mentioned Lifehacker in the past. The above title says it all. If you’re interested in creating animated GIFs, this post explains multiple alternative methods.

Ernie Orr sez “Check em out!”


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