So, I figured that I would go ahead and do the assignment in case I forgot and incurred some horrible Digital History wrath on Tuesday.
There was some good stuff on that list, but honestly, I didn’t see a lot that I thought was good for our group. I signed up for one program that looked interesting that offered a way to collaborate online called LiquidPlanner, but the load time was slow and once I got in I saw that it didn’t do much that Outlook and GoogleDocs don’t already do, but it does incorporate things from both which is neat.
One thing really did catch my attention for my group, though. GalaxyIt is a new search engine that groups results in a cloud around your search term. The farther from the term the less it has to do with what you asked, but you can scroll out and in to both increase the cloud and reduce it. Apparently it uses fractals, which means nothing to me, but it has a lot of potential and is different from Google. Load time is also slow, but they’re not even to beta yet, so that will probably be getting better soon. Apparently it adapts to your search criteria as well, so I think if nothing else it may help us double check our Google results.