User interface: Cool tools

For me, I think the greatest change for the new web, is tools. Cool tools to be precise. Being able to use tools at a web 2.0 site that enables you to achieve many things is awesome. Things that make every day life easier.

Because my new world of parenting and technology has collided I am forever wishing for all my favorite things being in a logical and organised format, able to be accessed from one page. I have found it, and it's called Cingo!!!! The site aggregates personalised data into tabs. The main areas are "My homepage", Bookmarks, calendar, webmail, but what makes this site exciting is that the subsequent tabs have news, movies, travel, shopping, grocery list and the interface at each tab is a playground for pods, or widgets, (little areas of presented data that you can customise). I do personally think they should have a tab on Parenting Advice from Minti in RSS format of customisable article topics (of course I would say that, I am one of the co-founders of minti) :).

Back to user interfaces, I do strongly believe user interfaces need to offer something more than just information. The user interface (what you see and experience when visiting a website) needs to be interactive. It's great if sites focus on this core aspect of social networking, by offering RSS feeds (ability to subscribe to topics you want to), tag clouds (keywords relevant to the topic, more the keyword is attached to the topic, the larger the keyword gets and you can sometimes click on the tags to find the relevant content), ajax (registers changes without having to reload the page again), ability to add content and contribute, you are using the site more that just logging in or searching. I think it adds a 'fun factor'. The more fun you have, I believe the site's offering has really understood it's users.

Being able to subscribe to the content, cool community tools once you become a member, like at Cingo enhances the social aspect of not only interacting with the site (or user interface) but you also enhance that sense of belonging and feel compelled to interact with other members.

More family sites see my blog on Talking Tech on Family 2.0…Info on explaining the new web, "the truth about Web 2.0" by Paul Graham and "Wired's worse story comes true" and "Web 2.0" by Paul Boutin. Cool sites being talked about everyday, see "Techcrunch" by Michael Arrington.

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6 Responses to “User interface: Cool tools”

  1. web2point0blankie Says:

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  2. Paul Berry Says:

    Hey if you thought Cingo was cool, you should definitely check out
    http://www.amiglia.com

    Cheers
    Paul

  3. web2point0blankie Says:

    Hi Paul, thanks for the tip on Amiglia – I have an account already and was in the process of checking it out :0) With the family tree feature, will you be able to combine extended trees to the main family tree as well? It’s also great to see a family tree in the traditional sense too? Rachel

  4. Milena Berry Says:

    Thanks for asking Rachel – it’s something we’ve been hearing from a lot of our users. That’s why we’re in the process of upgrading the family tree considerably – stay tuned but a new version is coming, which will connect related families and browse a lot nicer. By the way – what do you exactly mean by traditional family tree? i think people imagine this differently so it would be nice to know…

  5. family2point0 Says:

    Hi Milena, nice to hear from you.

    What I had in mind when I mentioned a ‘traditional family tree’…is one where I can see for example my linage as well as Clay’s (my husband). I noticed in Amiglia tree’s at the moment each set up sticks to a given surname. Maybe I have missed a setting?

    It just would be great to see all related trees in one connected preview? So we see the current family, plus ancestry, and outward/downward extended families.

    Rachel :0)

  6. Milena Berry Says:

    Hi again Rachel – it’s been some time – just wanted to let you know that we have a brand new version of the interactive family tree up and running. So we’d love it if you take another look. Let me know what you think!

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