It’s Bank Holiday weekend, which means you can either (a) drink like a basking shark or (b) use the time wisely and have a spring clean. We don’t mean clearing out that old bedroom at your parents’, of course – we’re talking your digital life. So how can you stop frittering away hours scouring FaceBook, looking for interesting web articles or finding new music without cutting down on your digital nourishment? With these five ingenious new sites:
Backed by the power of Peter Gabriel’s grey goatee, The Filter is like Pandora except that (a) it works in the UK and (b) it recommends not only music but also films and web videos. It can’t stream full songs and is invite-only at the moment, but once out of beta it will broaden to include recommendations for TV, podcasts and books. One to watch.
Billed as your ‘external brain’, Evernote is a Mac, PC and mobile phone application that lets you file away any text, images or photos into a central database. That may not sound thrilling, but what’s really impressive is that absolutely everything kept on Evernote is searchable – including barely legible handwritten squiggles in your photos.
‘Spookeo’ would perhaps be more apt. Billed as an aggregator for all the major social networking sites, Spokeo essentially lets you spy on what your friends are posting on sites like MySpace, Flickr and FaceBook without their knowledge. Enter their email address and – if they’ve used it to register with any of the 36 supported sites – you get an RSS feed of everything they’re doing.
Can’t find that fascinating ’50 ways to use bacon’ article that you wanted to read? You need Instapaper. Install the application in your toolbar and you can save any webpage to a customised newspaper with one click of the ‘read later’ button. The site is refreshingly minimalist, although we’d like to see the front page mimic a spinning newspaper.
Remember the Milk
The best and easiest to use ‘to-do list’ creator, RTM lets you create lists and calendars of events, and then share them with other users. Handily, it also syncs with iCal, iGoogle, Gmail and Twitter among other apps, and can send you reminders via e-mail and text. Milky.