Go beyond browsing. With these 39 exceptionally interactive websites and services, you can do anything from launching a private social network to publishing your own book. Here's our Web 2.0 survival guide.
BECOME A VIDEO STAR
The best thing about a lot of video-posting websites is that they let you earn cash based on the number of views your videos generate. And, for the fledgling auteur, some can help you get discovered by the entertainment industry.
Metacafe claims it has more than a million visitors a day, but equally important to video creators is the site's revenue-sharing scheme.
Metacafe pays $5 (£2.50) for every 1,000 views, although payments don't arrive until your clip receives 20,000 views and an average viewer rating of 3 stars (out of 5).
Another income-sharing site is Revver, which offers a 50:50 revenue split based on views and advert clicks. You can disable the ads that run before your video starts. Some Revver clips play on Verizon Wireless VCast phones, which increases your opportunity for cash and exposure.
If you're waiting for Hollywood to discover you, Crackle can be your online casting agent. This Sony-owned site limits file uploads to 100MB, so don't post your feature film here. Crackle's contests offer prizes such as pitch meetings with studio executives.
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