Around the Web in 2008

Soon, OutAlot will let you share favorites lists on your own dedicated page, creating a highly evolved method of terrain mapping for your friends: lazy codependence on others.

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Craigslist is a convenient way to get work you want done, done, but it also opens you up to shrewd scam artists, and sensitive drywall installers searching for a meaningful friendship. Reduce your risk with Workstir, now in beta.

San Francisco's own Workstir plays matchmaker between workers and the people pathetically dependent on them, vetting the former with a Facebook/LinkedIn and verbal background check to prevent users from wasting time.

Start by posting a Craig-style job title/description, and an alert will go out to any applicably tagged Workstirs; if nobody quite fits the bill, the site administrators will place calls to Workstirs on your behalf to see who's up to the daunting task of "fixing my leaky faucet (must be female)."

After posting, you can wait out the best offer; once the job's done, you'll rate/review your Workstir, so, eventually, the best will rise to the top of the heap.

While down the line, Workstir plans to charge service providers a nominal fee, for now, it's free for all users -- a convenient way to launch a Web site you want launched.

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Google Alerts are designed to eliminate arduous net surfing, but given Google's omniscience, they usually result in hours of arduous Google Alert surfing. Drill down to what you really want with Yotify.

Currently in beta, Yotify takes the Google Alerts concept to the next level by allowing you to create targeted "scouts" that will send you hourly/daily e-mail updates from specific sites -- mindless tech servants who won't judge you for looking for a great deal on ultra-tiny condoms.

For example, set up a scout for jobs/apartments/sale items on Craigslist, narrow with parameters like min/max price and descriptive key words ("Account Exec," "Doorman," "Free"), and you'll get e-mails with all applicable posts.

Yot can also alert you to price thresholds on eBay and eBay Tickets,, and, which searches thousands of Web sites.

Of course, you can still direct scouts toward standard news sites like Reuters, USAToday and ESPN, and blogs like Deadspin and I Can Has Cheezburger, because if there's anything that's arduous, it's endlessly sifting through pictures of cats wearing cheese.

Get your Web searching done at


While a superficial relationship with your neighborhood will do for a time, to achieve real intimacy, you need to access its deepest darkest secrets, and which restaurants have applied for outdoor seating. Get all the dirt at

EveryBlock culls 'hood-specific data from wide-ranging, otherwise tedious sources like government offices and Web sites, local newspapers, community weeklies, blogs, TV and radio, then amalgamates it for you into a neat little distracting package.

Just type in zip code or hood name and search categories, such as real estate listings, condo conversion approvals, crime reports (two pairs of D&G sunglasses stolen in Coral Gables! From a Nissan!), restaurant and liquor license applications, and restaurant code inspections.

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