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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.


A good choice for first-time bloggers is Google's Blogger.

Setup couldn't be simpler: choose one of a dozen design templates, enter your blog title and text in the browser-based editor, then add an image, video clip or link with just a couple of clicks. The service lacks TypePad's sophisticated features and we'd like to see more editing tools – but what Blogger does, it does very well.


If you've already got a Yahoo Mail account, Yahoo 360 is the fastest way to blog – no additional setup is needed. There's no facility within Yahoo 360's editor to post audio and video clips, but you can add reader polls.

Microsoft's Windows Live Spaces is fine if you don't need high-end features. Its editor lets you add photos and embed videos, but you can't upload video directly from a PC.

The WordPress service provides handy editing tools, including a word counter and the option to open links in a separate window. For $15 (£7.50) a year, use the site's Stylesheet Editor to modify your template.


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