Makerlab <3 ‘s Social Media Webapps: Volume 1

A short list of websites that are radically reshaping how my life is lived. Examples of positive change in the world around us. Companies that have the potential to grow whole new kinds of economies.
I included excepts of the ‘About Us’ for each site and Snarkiness/Personal Commentary for that little extra ‘something’.

Raise Funds for the Arts through a Donation based Social Network

Tanda Foundation

Tanda Foundation

Tired of seeing artistic work that you feel like doesn’t float your boat? But desperately ISO a worthy project that you can feel good about supporting? (someone somewhere can maybe relate? prob. not eh?)
Well whatever. Just go take a look, the Tanda foundation was not only made by REALLY COOL PEOPLE doing way more interesting things than me it’s also got a great back story and a promising future.

The Tanda Foundation is a freestyle non for profit, that merges the logic of 501(c)(3)
organizations and the Tanda model to create a 2.0 social platform held and run by its Patrons and Candidates. Tanda Foundation collects micro-funds towards the support of creative practice.

Feed the Planet by Playing a Game


You play a vocabulary game.
A good one.
You help feed the world.

FreeRice has two goals:

1. Provide education to everyone for free.
2. Help end world hunger by providing rice to hungry people for free.

This is made possible by the generosity of the sponsors who advertise on this site.
Perhaps even greater is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide. Thank you.

Donate funds to charities everytime you do a search for anything


GoodSearch : Support your favorite charity or school.

You know how you like go on the internet?
To search for things?
Like when you type things in to the little box?
You like, can give money to charity?

GoodSearch is a search engine which donates 50-percent of its revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. It’s a simple and compelling concept. You use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. Because it’s powered by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. The money GoodSearch donates to your cause comes from its advertisers — the users and the organizations do not spend a dime!

In 2007, GoodSearch was expanded to include GoodShop, an online shopping mall of world-class merchants dedicated to helping fund worthy causes across the country. Each purchase made via the GoodShop mall results in a donation to the user’s designated charity or school – averaging approximately 3% of the sale, but going up to 20% or even more.

Find Anything, Anywhere, Around the World Immediately. Classifieds for the Internets.


craigslist: portland, OR classifieds for jobs, apartments, personals, for sale, services, community, and events

If you don’t know what Craigslist is, I don’t know how you found this blogpost. You can’t be on the internet. This is all a bad, bad dream. But I am sure you could find a shrink on…Er, oh nevermind.

Q: What is craigslist?
A: Local classifieds and forums for more than 550 cities in over 50 countries worldwide – community moderated, and largely free.

Q: What can I find there?
A: Jobs, housing, goods, services, romance, local activities, advice – just about anything really.

Q: What is the origin of craigslist?
A: An email list of SF events, started as a hobby by Craig Newmark in early 1995.

Q: Who runs craigslist?
A: Jim Buckmaster has been CEO since late 2000.

Q: Is Craig still involved with craigslist?
A: Craig works in customer service, in addition to fulfilling his iconic responsibilities.

Q: Is craigslist a nonprofit?
A: No, craigslist was incorporated as a for-profit in 1999.

Q: Why does craigslist still use a “.org” domain?
A: It symbolizes the relatively noncommercial nature of craigslist, as well as our service mission and non-corporate culture.

Q: How much traffic does craigslist get?
A: More than 12 billion page views per month

Q: How does that compare with other companies?
A: craigslist is #8 worldwide in terms of english-language page views

Q: How many people use craigslist?
A: More than 50 million each month, including more than 40 million in the US alone

Obama’s Progressive Social Network. What else can I say?

USA Service (Formerly the Obama Website, Now a ‘Causes-style’ Social Network)

USA Service

I know nothing about this site. It appeared a little while ago. It’s really pretty colored and I like pretty things. Oh and it’s Obama’s social network. Is this guy on it or WHAT. Damn. I got nothing to say. I am just, like, ‘Bravo.’ Now as long as social networks aren’t a a passing fad, and/or you are actually devoted to your audience…

This website is designed to help promote these events and for Americans to make their commitments, build communities, find opportunities to serve and share their results. These can be events that engage people in direct service, or bring people together to reflect on Dr. King’s legacy and how they can commit to becoming more engaged citizens. Please create an event or sign up to volunteer today.

Never Throw Anything Away Again. Ever.


The Freecycle Network

Be careful. This mailing list is ridiculously active. I can’t believe the stuff you can find on this thing. Like people will post anything. Literally. Freecycle is going to be one of those sites where people start posting ‘Best of’s’
An amazing resource and a great example of the power of simple clear connectivity between have’s and have nots. If someone made an iphone app of freecycle I would glue my phone to my face and quit my job.

Instead of throwing things away, you list them on Freecycle. People come pick them up, keeping stuff out of landfills. Self-moderated and unbelievably active.

…As the team recycled, rather than watching perfectly good items being thrown away, they found themselves calling or driving around to see if various local nonprofits could use them. Thinking there had to be an easier way, Beal set up that first Freecycle e-mail group in a way that permitted everyone in Tucson to give and to get. Freecycle was off and running.

The Freecycle concept has since spread to over 85 countries, where there are thousands of local groups representing millions of of members — people helping people and “changing the world one gift at a time.” As a result, we are currently keeping over 500 tons a day out of landfills! This amounts to five times the height of Mt. Everest in the past year alone, when stacked in garbage trucks!

Catalog the Planet Earth:Massively Multiplayer…Librarianship


Wikimedia Foundation

The first time I saw Wikimedia I cried. Literally. I ran over to Anselm and I was like, ‘I know what I want to do with the rest of my life!’ I want to do THIS. I want to work for Wikimedia. I am so 100% behind this project, I am so happy this project exists. I can’t even describe it. You are probably going to tell me they sacrfice kittens or something awful, but I want to believe.

Wiki’ing the whole damn world. From Pictures to Music to Code to News to Encyclopedias. The essential collaborative database of the planet for the planet by the people, um, on the planet.

The Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, the fourth most visited website in the world.

Create a Cause, Raise Money, Donate. Fully supported/Legit 501c3

Facebook Causes (OK. has Potential…)

Facebook | Causes

So yeah, Facebook. I am actually digging it now that I have it on my phone. Causes are cool. I would like to see them show evidence of DOING something. Stats or something? I am slightly suspicious. But probably just know NOTHING about it. Or someone will leave a comment with a good example? That would be nice. Hmmm?
In any case they have the biggest audience and super solid intentions and I am all for it. Lets save the world Causes. You and me. You and me.

Any Facebook user with a little passion and initiative can create a cause, recruit their friends into that cause, keep everybody in the cause up-to-speed on issues and media related to the cause, and, most importantly, raise money directly through the cause for any U.S. registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit or Canadian registered charity. We process the donations automatically via credit card, tally the results, and report the donation activity via a public “scorecard” in the cause. This allows us to reward people who grow their causes, donate, and successfully raise money.

Make a Mixtape, Share It with Other People.


The Story of Muxtape

Sigh. Just bring it back. Please? Then my friends will start talking to me again. Muxtape just nailed it.
It’s like, it’s like having dated a rockstar-astronaut-millionaire-pony for like a month you hung out everyday and they were SO COOL it blew your MIND, then they realized that you just weren’t up to par and cold dumped your ass and you won’t stop talking about it you miss them so much but it’s been like 5 years.

…It was successful very quickly. 8,685 users registered in the first 24 hours, 97,748 in the first month with 1.2 million unique visitors and a healthy growth rate. Lots of press. Rampant speculation. Tech rags either lauded it or declared it an instant failure…read more at themuxtape website.

Share your Photos, Find Beautiful Pictures, Paintings, Drawings, OMG EVERYTHING IN THE F*CKING WORLD

Flickr: Your Photostream

Flickr. Like Google, for pictures.

Photosharing, photoblogging, photoclubs, art-resourcing, photo printing. Any and everything to do with pictures and photos. Literally the best resource. If you are not using this you are dumb. Real dumb. Especially if you are a visual artist. Or anything. Just, really.

Ok so that is the first little list of sites we dig. Please tell me if you think we have missed some majorly important ones or I have rampant typos. I specifically was looking at web application/social networks so there is a ton omitted here- but that just means more opportunity for us to have a conversation about it don’t cha think?


  1. youknowwho
    Posted January 16, 2009 at 6:50 pm | #

    Great list!

    My favorite social+media sites:

    OK it’s a protoblog, maybe even the first blog with a commenting system(?) and a platform, but anyone can submit stories and comment, and if you’re registered you can moderate too. Slashdot has the most interesting conversations about science, policy and technology going on anywhere.

    OK, it’s a blog too, but it has varied invited bloggers, at least one podcast, you can suggest stories, it features breaking news around the world, and it has active commentary. Mostly, though, it’s the stuff you absolutely want to know about, including the sources it reblogs from, and the most collectible gear and artwork.

  2. Posted January 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm | #

    Yes! I didn’t even think about the link sharing sites. Sites like BoingBoing and Slashdot and even Delicious have reshaped how I read news entirely. So many of these sites are ones that I have just incorporated into my life. But I wondered how many people know about these sites or is it still a mostly tech audience?

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