Where would you go when you want to…
…find music, books, or videos?
If you are looking for indie music, you can head to Pitchfork, one of the first and the best indie music websites. If you want a social network whose reason for existence is music, then you can go to Last.fm, you’ll be hipped to several new bands there and discover new music. You can also go to Metacritic.com if you want to read fresh criticism about mainstream films, DVD’s, music, games, and TV. They have a wide selection and the reviews are written well.
As to books, Amazon is still the best but you can have Powell’s too if you want a site that focuses primarily on books (Amazon is not only focusing on books) and offers quality reviews to old and new volumes.
Now, if you want to browse through an extensive list of free Business, Computer, Engineering and Trade magazines, white papers, downloads and podcasts, why not hit it with Tradepub, there you will find the titles that best match your skills and interests; topics include management, marketing, operations, sales, and technology. Simply complete the application form and submit it. All are absolutely free to professionals who qualify.
… store and share stuff
I use a lot of services to store and share my stuff, one of those is Ziddu.com, a very good site where you can dump your files on and share it to friends. Every time someone downloads one of your files (wheter its an image, music, PDF, and anything) you earn. You will be paid through Paypal when your balance reaches $10. Rapidshare is also a favorite of mine, I have gigabytes and gigabytes of files in their servers, and I have two years worth of Primium account from them. Probably that would tell you how good Rapidshare is.
Some more alternative sites where you can dump your digital stuff : Drop.io, here you can have up to 100MB space for your images, music, videos, documents, and more. Drop.io is easy to use, simply set up a private space to drop any files by phone, email, web, widget or fax and then share them with whoever you want via a variety of outputs.
If you want a social network with a “file sharing” theme, you need to check out Esnips, a place where you can store your content and access them later. What makes esnips good is that it is really a social network where you can discuss with member the stuff you store there.
…publish your stuff
If you are into photography and you would like to publish your images, you can use Picasa, Google’s answer to Flickr. What if you want the world to know about the book you have just written and you do not know where to start “publishing” it? You can employ the help of Lulu, which will help you publish hardcopies of your book at a reasonable price.
When it comes to publishing your videos, we all know about Youtube, but there are also cool alternatives like Vimeo, which allows you generous amount space for your large files.
If you want to publish your own music and videos, then you can go to UnicornMedia, I have a separate post for this beautiful site that gives a chance to unpublished artists (musicians and indie film makers) to have audience and to be promoted (and get that break you’ve been waiting for all your life).
…access private information
well, Searchsystems is one of the oldest and most reliable company that does the legwork of collecting all kinds of public records and sell access to them via the internet.
If you really want to dig dirt, Glassdoor will indulge you. You can log in anonymously and write what you really think about the company you work for, tell all your gripes about your lousy boss, your rants about how you are recieving salary that is way below your worth, and stuff like this. Then after you write all of those stuff, it is only then that you will be able to access the “dirt’ of your boss, his company, and your co-workers.
I am writing this post too long, more of this in Part 2 of this post.