Everyone at some point in their life has an opportunity to have a space they can call their own; whether it’s a bedroom, home office, or a closet. Curbly is a web community that lets you show off, learn, and explore those spaces. Upon entering the home page of Curbly, you are first introduced to a very inviting color scheme and design. A featured content block gives a glimpse into what the site is about: sharing, discussing, and learning about making any environment better. Whether you are a first-time home buyer, or an architect with a lifetime of experience, Curbly may have something for you.

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Browse Goods is an interesting shopping site with a twist: you browse around a world of products like you would browse places on Google Maps. Zoom into product departments, span across categories, get a closer look at products, and add markers on your favorite products. It’s an interesting interface, certainly fun, but it’s a bit overwhelming. I can see it being helpful for some, but personally, I like basic interfaces that let you sort by price, ratings, date, and so on. (via)

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All AOL users (even AIM) can now use any OpenID enabled website using the identity address of http://openid.aol.com/<screenname>. Additionally, AOL’s blogging platform is now OpenID enabled and allows bloggers to use their blog URI (beta only) on websites supporting OpenID. Nice move! More on this here. (via)

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Steve Rubel asks the question, “What Will Replace the Almighty Page View?” He brings up this question because of the direction the web is headed with sites heavily using Ajax, widget sites that allows the user to never leave its page, and so on. What metric should we look at next? He suggests three possible options: Events (as in user interaction with Ajax, Flash, etc.), Unique Visitors, and Time Spent. What do you think?

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WriteMaps is a useful site where you can create sitemaps online. I was actually looking for something like this the other day when I was creating a content inventory for a client. Unfortunately, WriteMaps is lacking in the feature department: you can’t yet share the sitemaps, as they say on their site, but that is coming soon, and you can’t import/export sitemaps. Still pretty useful if you just want to organize a sitemap right away.

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I came across BNET for the first time the other day and I must say, I’m absolutely loving their site design. After some searching around, I learned that BNET launched a new design January 31st of this year. There’s a lot of great content too. I’m very impressed! Looks like I found a new site to read :-).

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