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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.
Easy movie editing
What Photoshop.com is to pictures, Pixorial is to home movies.
You get 10GB of storage space for your video files, and the ability to upload 800MB of AVI, FLV, MP4, MPEG, DV, and WMV files at a time.
Once your video is uploaded, you can use Pixorial's simple online editor to assemble your footage in a storyboard and to merge clips together.
You then add some transitions and titles, and choose how you'd like to share the result; you can download the movie as a high-res or low-res file, post it to a social network, or order it on DVD.
Creating photo slideshows is easy enough with most photo editing apps, but making your slideshows sing takes a lot of work.
The Animoto automated slideshow creator turns your photos and videos into stunningly cool slideshows complete with music and impressive transition effects that look professionally made.
You upload your images and video clips, and then upload music or choose from the site's fairly limited selection of songs.
Give your slideshow a title, and a few minutes later you'll receive an email telling you the show is ready to view.
You can share your video on social networks, email the link to your contacts, embed it on a blog, or send it to YouTube.
For $5 (£3.25), you can upgrade it to a high-res MP4 that you can take anywhere, or burn it to a DVD.
Animoto's free slideshows are limited to 30 seconds, but for $3 (£1.90) per slideshow you can create a full-length video worthy of showing at a family gathering, a wedding, or a business conference.
Stream your life
Podcasters, vodcasters, and other exhibitionists can jump on the live-streaming bandwagon for free with Livecage.
This service lets you stream video or audio either publicly or privately, and gives you the embed code you need to add your stream to your own website, as well as the option of tacking on a PayPal www.paypal.com button to raise funds.
Groups and companies can also use Livecage for free videoconferencing; it supports up to 10 users at a time.
Stream from anywhere
If you really want to share your life with the world, you want to do it wherever you are.
Qik gives you the tools to stream live video straight from your Android handset, iPhone, BlackBerry, or nearly any other smartphone.
Your friends and fans can watch your broadcasts live on your own site or on Qik.com www.quik.com , or they can come back later to watch the recording.
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