I love the fact that “….BusinessWeek.com scoured the Internet for the most useful free products and services available online..”makes many people’s life easier!,
Douglas MacMillan wrote the following:
BusinessWeek.com set out to find the most useful products and services available for free on the Web. Some things like e-mail, search engines, social networks, and mainstream news sites—no doubt cherished online freebies—were eliminated from consideration because they’re widely known to be free and we wanted to surprise readers with what they may not know is there for the taking—at no charge…
Below is a small example of this outstanding resource!
Mint: Personal accounting software (www.mint.com) Register anonymously for online accounting software Mint, and keep multiple credit and bank accounts organized in one place, with alerts for upcoming bills and low balances. Mint also analyzes your spending patterns and suggests ways to save (Also check out Mint’s Blog)
AnnualCreditReport.com (www.annualcreditreport.com) The Fair & Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 gave all consumers the right to access their credit reports once every 12 months. The Act also created AnnualCreditReport.com to simplify the process of applying to credit reporting agencies.
Zillow.com (www.zillow.com)Real estate agents are no longer the first stop for information on local markets. Zillow.com uses public records of recent home sales to create “Zestimates”—estimated values of more than 70 million homes in the country.
Trulia (www.trulia.com)-Trulia aggregates for-sale listings across the country into one searchable database. The site also has local real estate guides, which bring trends and statistics on schools, crime, household income, and home sales into one place.
Online Books and Comic Books
Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org/wiki/main_page) When the copyright expires on a popular book, it frequently goes into Project Gutenberg—an online collection of more than 20,000 free e-books. Recent additions include works by Charles Dickens and Joseph Conrad.
LibriVox (www.librivox.org)-LibriVox solicits volunteers to record readings of books in the public domain, then offers the recordings for free on their site. It currently has over 1,000 titles available for download as MP3 files.
Marvel Digital Comics (www.marvel.com/digitalcomics) -Marvel (MVL) saw its core audience of youngsters moving online, so it brought comic books online. It makes available its entire collection of thousands of Spider-Man, Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, and more comics for $10 per month. But it also offers 250 free comics at a time.
Google Sketchup (www.sketchup.com) -One of the lesser-known products in Google’s stable of free online tools is Sketchup, a 3D modeling program. It’s powerful enough to be used by professionals in architecture, film, and gaming—but it’s simple enough for you to use while planning your next home renovation.
Drawspace (www.drawspace.com)-Drawspace has step-by-step instructions for learning how to draw everything from cartoon animals to something more realistic.
I hope you find them helpful,
101 Best Web Freebies (www.BusinessWeek.com) By Douglas MacMillan