It’s March 2013. I’m sure like me you’ve already bookmarked countless pages, cluttered your instapaper and retweeted like there’s no tomorrow. That’s right, collectively were becoming a community of lightweight social slacktivists.
That is, until now. I hereby present you with my own, slightly unoriginal solution. Yes it’s a weekly roundup of my favorite discoveries, innovative start up’s and frankly brilliant posts that deserve much more than a follow, like or subscribe. So let’s start my first roundup with a completely different perspective…Sprinkl aims to do just that!
This is one clever plugin. Created as part of the Poke Hackday, Sprinkl transforms your daily browsing habits into an immersive language learning experience. It essentially scans the webpage your currently reading, translating anything between 1-100% of the page into another language.
When you consider that all modern internet browsers these days attempt to streamline our clicks into favourite, most visited or top site sections Sprinkl is a great way to replace the familiar. As the creators put it; “why not Sprinkl all your favourite sites with with the language you want to learn”.
Now lets gets technical; Sprinkl is currently exclusive to Chrome (no brainer) and currently only supports French out of the box. However there are already plans to increase the native language support, and once this happens Spinkl will become a real game changer in my opinion.
I’m not saying Rosetta Stone should open up their cheque book straight away, but for an organisation that patents its own language learning techniques Sprinkl would be a excellent addition. And if Rosetta Stone chooses to ignore, well, we all know Google wont.
Currently an invite only service, Letterboxd promises to be the next big thing for movie goers. On the surface it’s simply a movie diary which you use in a similar fashion to IMDB or Flixster. As such expect to see a variety of reviews, watch lists, social recommendations and so forth. In the features department, it’s no game changer.
For me though it’s all about the stunning user interface. Letterboxd really is something to behold, placing the movies and the artwork at the centre of the service. Each movie placeholder feels bespoke, while still providing a level of detail to rival even IMDB. Every icon is wonderfully intuitive and it strips away the complications other services all seem to have created. With Letterboxd you’ve either seen a film, listed a film or loved a film.
This refreshingly simple approach ensures plenty of user interaction, again making the movie the focal point of attention rather than on an overly complicated, facebook integrated rating systems.
Cough Cough Flixster. Once you factor in the well populated review section, slick Netflix integration and that ‘oh so exclusive feeling’ of an invite only service you’ve got a sure hit on your hands.
I urge all movie goers to find an invite, turn your back on IMDB and feel better! Oh and if you can’t find an invite, your in luck as I have three. First three comments are the winners!
I know, unlikely choice. If you know me personally, you’d know I’m not a big fan of QR Codes at the best of times. So wait, don’t hit the close tab button on me just yet.
QRHacker is a free utility developed by the Carnation Group that enables you to create highly customisable QR codes. In reality this is it’s only function, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Have a play around with it’s quirky UI, sliders & colour palettes to get a better picture of the kind of codes you can produce.
From a client perspective this is a really simply way to differentiate your investment without costly agency development fees. With QR code usage exploding in 2011, some experts now citing a 1200% increase, I’m surprised I haven’t seen more usage of these customisable codes. Compared to the various black and white variants, QRHacker produced codes offer real stand out and warrant the positive buzz they’ve generated.
Additionally from a branding perspective, they allow you to fully integrate your brand into the code. The Fanta example below clearly illustrates the potential, and while a little crude we must remember QR codes are simply links. QRHacker is just a free tool to dress your links, and ideally increase click through rate. For this alone, I think it’s a worthy inclusion within my weekly round up.
And that ladies and gentlemen is the end of this weekly roundup. Tweet or comment me your suggestions for any future web round ups I get round to.I’m always looking to find the next big digital discovery.
P.S. – QRHacker’s parent body, ‘The Carnation Group’ have a stellar website. Check it out when you can!