The Google +1 button has changed. I’m not liking the new look. You can see it on the right side of this page and below.
Check out Chill.com, the Turntable.fm of watching videos online with other people. The set-up is basically the same as Turntable.fm, but instead of somebody playing a song, they play a video. There already exist other services that allow you to do this, like Google Hangouts, but Chill makes it more fun and easier.
The service will search YouTube, Vimeo, and Hulu to find the video you are searching for.
Everything else is pretty similar to Turntable.fm. If you have Facebook friends using Chill already, you can sign up. Note: After a disagreement with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg about the service auto-posting a pro-Chill message to people’s accounts, they have limited the number of new signups currently allowed.
Last week, I wrote a post about Spinlister.com, the Airbnb of bike rentals that provides a platform to rent a bike directly from another person rather than from a bike rental shop.
My first reaction to Spinlister was to ask myself why there wasn’t an identical service for cars rather than bikes. I chalked the lack of such a service up to the many complications of renting your car out such as insurance issues, car keys, etc., but it seems as if such a service is about to launch. A new startup, Getaround.com seems to have answers to these questions.
While it’s still in closed beta, they have some pretty interesting solutions to the aforementioned issues such as pre-screened drivers and vehicles, a “Getaround Carkit” that installs in vehicles and uses your smartphone to start the car instead of giving someone your car keys, and an iPhone app instead of paperwork to handle all the rental and payment.
This sure sounds like it takes the hassle out of sitting in the car rental place filling out a ton of paperwork. I’m excited to see this launch.