Cool Websites and Tools [October 23, 2009]

cool websites Check out some of the latest MakeUseOf discoveries. All listed websites are FREE (or come with a decent free account option). No trials or buy-to-use craplets. For more cool websites and web app reviews subscribe to MakeUseOf Directory.


(1) Personalized Money Generator – Ever wondered how would you look like on a US dollar bill? Or how about putting yourself on a UK pound instead of Queen? Check out Personalized Money Generator, this simple online tool lets you quickly create custom money bills with your own photos on them. Read more – Personalized Money Generator

(2) Google Flu Trends – This tool uses “aggregated Google search data to estimate flu activity” in a certain country. Basically, this app consists of an interactive map that responds to your cursor as shown in the screenshot. When you place your cursor over some country you’ll get an indication of the flu intensity in that country from “˜Low’ to “˜High’. Read more: Google Flu Trends – Track World Flu Activity With Google

(3) [NO LONGER WORKS] Buildy – New web based service which lets you easily create floor plans of your house or apartment and then share it with others. It comes in handy especially for those who are looking to rent out their premises. They could include their created floor plan in the adverts so that prospective tenants could have a better idea about the rooms.

(4) LocaFollow – Website that helps you find twitter users by searching only their Bio and Location fields. Since these are the fields that users fill in their Twitter profile, Locafollow is your best shot in finding friends that share your interest or are in the same zip code as you.

(5) CrimeReports – Online service which lets you view crime reports by zip code, city or a particular neighborhood. Currently limited to North America, this tool gets its data from various law enforcement agencies. It shows crimes like robbery, theft, homicide, assault etc by default through symbols/flags of various colors on the map. Read more: CrimeReports – Check Crime Reports By Zip Code or Address


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