March Apps Mania – Welcome! (21)

March 3, 2008

Welcome to March Apps Mania!

It’s the time of year when basketball fans around the country try to keep track of their favorite teams as they whittle down the number from 65 to 1. In honor of this craziness, we decided to have a little fun. We’re going to showcase some cool web apps this month. And at the end, we’ll do our own clunky version of a bracket.

And now, a quick note about this month’s theme. You may be thinking, “guys, it’s March Madness®, not March Mania.” But did you know the phrase “March Madness” is protected? Yup, March Madness® is a registered name. So, we’re having March Apps Mania instead. But, really, mania sounds much friendlier anyway. Those looking for madness, please visit the official website for madness.

What is a web app?

Web app stands for web application. We’re going with a very broad definition of a web app; it is a program that you use on the Internet. Instead of installing software like Microsoft Word on your computer, you could do word processing online with a web application like Google Docs or Zoho Writer. This makes them portable. Instead of dragging around a floppy disk and only using compatible computers, web applications function on anywhere. The emergence of simple coding tools has spawned millions of web applications, from the highly useful, to the shamelessly ridiculous.

Why do I have to register?

Most web apps require registration. Do you ever bring a VIP card with you to Food Lion? The cashier scans the card to identify you and apply a discount to your groceries. Same deal. Web applications must differentiate you from everyone else to save your work and keep it private. Many use your email address because it is easy to remember and hard to duplicate. Registering with a site does not compromise your privacy or give it access to your email account. But, if you have doubts about a site, read their privacy policy.

What’s so cool about web apps?

They can be very useful, like Google Docs, or fun, like online games. Most of the time, they’re free. And having an account means you can use the application and access your information from any computer in the world.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:

  1. Take the survey and share what web apps you use.

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