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WildApricot enables clubs, associations and communities to automate and streamline administrative tasks, using their online membership management software.
Wild Apricot gets lots of love in the social media; book sales pro Ann Kingman, for example, says she has "been very happy with Wild Apricot in the past few months we've been using it. Great customer support."
See for yourself what Wild Apricot can do at http://wildapricot.com.
Smartypig is an FDIC-insured social savings-account service. This summer we reported on a survey that found that 48% of young people online wanted to use Web 2.0 banking tools - this could be your chance. SmartyPig said this week that its accounts will soon integrate with Mint, Wesabe and Yodlee and a SmartyPig Mobile App is soon to follow.
Last week Smartypig announced a new partnership that will bring Smartypig's service to the 6 million customers of the Australia New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ).
See for yourself how smart this pig is at http://Smartypig.com.
Calais, powered by Thomson Reuters, brings state-of-the-art semantic functionality into your blog, content management system, site or application. It's one of the most important and exciting initiatives in the semantic web and we've written about it a number of times. Over 6,000 developers have already registered with Calais and the service is doing more than 1 million transactions a day. We wrote about the launch of Calais' easiest-to-use service yet, called SemanticProxy, at the end of September.
Above: Tagaroo Wordpress Plugin, just one of many semantic apps you can find in the Calais app gallery.
Pipes lovers - did you know that Calais Pipes Service allows Yahoo! Pipes users to enrich their RSS feeds with semantic metadata? That's just one of many things you can do with Calais.
Check out the incredible work being done at Calais and let us know what you think.
Strands has created a social recommender engine that is able to provide real-time recommendations of products and services through computers, mobile phones and other Internet-connected devices. Recently the company announced the 5 finalists in its Strands $100K Call for Recommender Start-Ups and the companies they unearthed look pretty interesting. Also Strands recently added personalization to music.strands.tv. As Atlanta-based creative strategy consultant Vincent Hunt said on Twitter: "If you are not on @strands... All I can say is... You are MISSIN it!! HOT"
Check their new Strands Business Solutions to add recommendations to your site.
Web 3.0 Conference
Web 3.0 Conference is for the builders of the next generation Web: designers, developers, entrepreneurs, marketers, business strategists, and venture capitalists. It was on at the end of last week and we had several posts covering the event, from our roving conference reporter Lidija Davis:The
If you're dubious about the validity of the concept, don't take our word for it, check out this particularly good blog post last week about Web 3.0 by Hank Williams.
Even though the conference has concluded, the site is a great place to see who's who in pushing the envelope.
Direct Media Exchange
Direct Media Exchange is a simple solution for managing ad networks that allows publishers to make more money from their websites. You can find a number of case studies on their site describing publishers that they helped double ad revenues for.
FreshBooks offers professional online invoicing. The company says you can save time, get paid faster and look more professional by streamlining your invoicing with FreshBooks.
One of the things we like the most about FreshBooks is their benchmarking feature, aggregate data that lets you compare your business to similar businesses. The company released an interesting report based on its small business data earlier this month.
You can take a quick tour of the FreshBooks features at http://freshbooks.com.
SocialText provides an enterprise wiki platform for organizations who want to accelerate knowledge sharing, foster collaboration, or build online communities.
SocialText offers a long list of products and is a great source of information for people interested in changing how they do business. You might appreciate co-founder Ross Mayfield's recent article in Forbes about best practices for dealing with e-mail overload.
Check out what SocialText has to offer at http://SocialText.com
Quintura is a visual-based search engine, which we are now using to power ReadWriteWeb's main search. Check it out here. If you haven't tried it before, you should - it's a very interesting way to explore search results.
Quintura can power visual search on your site for free. This company is backed by Mangrove Capital Partners, the same VCs that provided early funding to Skype.
Eurekster is developer of the swicki that we use on RWW, a custom social search portal on the topic of your choice (in our case web tech), powered by the community.
People build swickis on all kinds of topics, some people build a lot of them. Alex Holmes, for example, builds really nice looking swickis on topics like the 2008 Election, Ocean Animals and Home Buying.
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