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39 brilliant interactive websites & services

Web 2.0 survival guide: go beyond browsing

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.

IN THE DIRECTOR'S CHAIR

Several innovative features distinguish Veoh, a hidden gem whose video-playback quality is a notch above that of most sites. If you've got an account on MySpace or YouTube, Veoh automatically posts your clip to those sites too (you must activate this feature first). And there's no size limit on video uploads, which makes a refreshing change.

Veoh

It's no secret that YouTube has the biggest audience of video viewers, so naturally you'll want to post your masterpiece there.

YouTube's playback quality isn't great, particularly when compared with that of Crackle and some of the newer sites. You won't find a video site that's easier to use, however, and its Video Toolbox section provides helpful shooting and editing tips from the pros.

Formerly known as iFilm, Spike provides a platform for up-and-coming filmmakers. You can embed your Spike-hosted clips on personal sites, including blogs and MySpace pages.

The service offers no revenue sharing but, while other sites limit you to 100MB, Spike allows uploads as large as 500MB.

Spike

JibJab is the place to submit video jokes: you'll find everything from stand-up routines to the ever-hilarious man getting kicked in the groin. JibJab accepts photo, audio and text jokes too. The site's editors decide whether your bits are funny enough to post; if they're not, well, there's always YouTube.

Yahoo Video lets you link clips to your blog and drive traffic to your site. Videos are dead simple to upload at Google Video too, thanks to the service's intuitive, stripped-down interface. The site provides an optional desktop uploader for files larger than 100MB.

It doesn't offer revenue sharing and we'd like to see more (or at least some) integration with YouTube, but Google Video's big-name pedigree and utter simplicity make it a good place to post your videos.

For more information on online video-sharing sites, click here for our comparative feature

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