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Big names such as Google, Facebook and MySpace dominate the internet. However, the web continues to flourish with a never-ending stream of incredibly useful new sites and services. Here are 52 phenomenally cool web services that you may not have heard of, but definitely need to try.
Remember specific things
Like Evernote, Springpad helps you organise your information, but it doesn't focus on just notes and web clippings.
Instead, Springpad offers unique templates for organising data about your personal life, from recipes to your music collection to your favourite movies, wines, and restaurants.
The recipe features are particularly cool. First, enter a recipe directly into the template, or link to an online recipe to have it automatically imported into your Springpad recipe collection.
Later, when you want to cook the recipe, click 'Add to shopping list', and all the ingredients will appear on your shopping list.
In addition to basic information storage, Springpad offers task lists and reminders to help you keep your life on track.
Control your spending
Would you spend $3 (£1.90) per month to get your finances under control?
The simple PearBudget online budgeting app offers a drag-and-drop interface for organising all of your expenses and tracking them against your income.
You can create custom categories, enter receipts, and review your spending from any computer.
PearBudget also lets you print what it calls GoCards, 3x5-inch cards that you can toss in your wallet to keep track of how much you have left in your budget for any given expense category.
It's a great way to avoid overspending, with no high-priced gadgets required.
Manage personal finances
For a more complete set of financial tools, try Mint.
This free financial powerhouse - from the same people who make Quicken and TurboTax - automatically syncs with your bank accounts, tracks your spending, and gives you detailed graphical reports that show you where your money comes from, where it's going, and how you can save more.
It currently only works for US residents however.
Send payments via Twitter
Strange as it sounds to use a public social network like Twitter to send money, TwitPay's PayPal-driven payment system is a great way to drum up buzz around a fundraiser or to kick-start an office pool.
Spark your creativity
Brainstorming can be tough.
Bubbl.us takes the hassle out of getting your ideas down with free mind-mapping tools that are dead simple to use.
You can map out your thoughts with colourful drag-and-drop diagrams, and then share them with friends and colleagues, print them out, or embed them on your site.
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