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For most people, internet suffixes are not something that are given a great deal of thought, but they are part of life online. Wherever you are in the world, you can visit google.com to access the global page for the search engine, but there are numerous international variants available as well — google.co.uk for the UK, google.fr for France, google.cn for China. You probably don’t consider the existence of many suffixes or TLDs (top level domains) beyond a familiar handful.

Wherever you are in the world, .com is universally recognized, but each country has its own version as well. These are the addresses that most companies and individuals want to bag for their site — they are the ones that matter. Of course there are numerous other familiar TLDs: .org for charities and non-profit organizations, .gov for official governmental sites, but this is far from being the end of the story.

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A year ago this week, the App.net team set out to reinvent social networking by building a paid platform for others to build their own social networks. By and large, though, App.net has seemed to be little more than a Twitter clone — a very good one, nonetheless — that offers longer messages, file storage, and no ads.

That’s far from the full vision for the service, though. App.net includes a built-in social networking app, Alpha, and a private messaging app, Omega, but the goal is for developers to use it to build more social enabled apps. That dream has begun to come true, with apps like Patter turning App.net into a private group chat tool ala Campfire, and Filebase and Orbit letting you use App.net as a CloudApp alternate.

But one of the more unique just might be Vidcast, an app that lets you hangout and watch videos or listen to music together with your friends, powered by App.net. It’s currently crowdfunding its next version, so we took the time to talk with the Vidcast team about their app. Here’s a look behind the scenes at how App.net still has a chance at powering the most innovative new social networking apps.

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Beeminder is a goal tracking service that is not quite like anything that has gone before it. It can be used to log a wide variety of things you might do, from the number of times you go to the gym each week, to how dedicated you are to clearing out the clutter from your inbox.

I’ve been a fan of Beeminder since my girlfriend introduced me to the site. I fell in love and started using it to track the number of articles I was writing and various other goals. Seeing a graph indicating my progress is often all the encouragement I need to stay on track and stick with what I’ve set out to do, and I decided to catch up with Beeminder co-founder Daniel Reeves to find out where the idea came from.

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If you’ve ever wanted a way to make sure your music, videos, photos, and more are accessible wherever you are, but you didn’t want to use yet another cloud service, you’ve likely heard of Tonido. It’s an app that turns your computer into your own private cloud, one that we’ve looked at in the past here at AppStorm. It’s grown up since then, with a much cleaner design, and in the mean time an increasing number of companies have launched cloud services to let users store their media online.

We’ve had the chance recently to talk with Madhan Kanagavel, Tonido’s founder, about his company’s apps, devices, and the future of digital media. He brings an interesting perspective to the discussion on the future of the cloud, so this is one article you might want to save to your Instapaper queue to pore over later.

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Consumer support can be messy, and it can make or break an organization. With this in mind, developers have covered the web with countless help desk solutions, each promising to be different from the other. But in reality most of them were mere copycats, offering basically the same features with little variation beyond their stylesheet.

Freshdesk does an excellent job at bringing something new to the world of customer support, and has received critical acclaim across the board. Here at Web.AppStorm, they have bagged a prestigious score of 9 out of 10, and we loved their simple approach to Customer service.

Today we are going to talk with Kiran Darisi, Co-founder of Freshdesk. Keep reading to find out the story behind Freshdesk, how it was developed, and what’s in store for the future.

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In a story that’s sadly common in the world of startups – especially web app startups, it seems – Twitter recently announced that they’re shutting down Posterous, little more than a year after they bought out Posterous. If you’ve been blogging on Posterous, it’s time to find a new place for your site before it’s shut down on April 30th.

One team is trying their best to make a great place for Posterous sites before they’re shut down for good: Posthaven. Started by two former cofounders of Posterous, Posthaven aims to let the blogging dream sparked by Posterous live on, only this time with a $5/month service that pledges to never shut down.

We caught up with Garry Tan, and were able to talk with him about Posterous, Posthaven, and their plans for the future. It’s quite the interesting interview!

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Last week on Web.Appstorm we looked at Typeform, an app for creating forms. Forms are key to great user communication about everything from how your site should be structured to where you should be focusing your work. Typeform has completely reinvented the way online forms work, making the process of filling in forms fun.

David Okuniev is the product leader at Typeform, and has kindly given his time to talk to us. In this interview, David discusses the origins of Typeform as well as looking at what the future may hold for their team. Read on to see our conversation and learn how Typeform really came to be what it is today. Also, we’ve got some Typeform invites, so if you’d like to get one, keep reading to see how you can be one of the first to try it out.

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When it comes to online collaboration, it can either be a nightmare or a walk in the park. However, one of the main factors in deciding which way the collaborative experience can go is whether or not you have the right tool to ensure it. For decades, people have used email as a primary means of contact with others online so it can be only natural for people to opt for this first but for people that want a bit more than just what email has to offer, there is a handy little app named HushFlow.

Though the app’s currently in beta phase, we’ve managed to get an interview with Peter Sandtner, one of the main developers working on the project. Read on to find out more and read the interview!

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Productivity apps are aplenty on the web, and sometimes, I feel that web has only project management apps. Most of these apps are shameless rip-offs from the industry giants. In an ocean full of these copycats, it’s really difficult to take your idea forward and be successful.

TeamGantt does an excellent job at best, and has received critical acclaim all across. Here at Web.AppStorm, they have bagged a prestigious score of 9 out of 10, and we loved their simple approach to Gantt charts.

Today, we’ve had the opportunity to interview Nathan Gilmore, co-Founder of TeamGantt. Keep reading to find out the story behind TeamGannt, how it was developed, and what’s in store for the future. (more…)

Developers can be some of the most impressive people, as they just sit down and create the things they think of, rather than waiting around for someone else to invent them. Stephen Ou, a high school student in his junior year, is definitely one of those type of people. I had the privilege to work with him last year, writing documentation for his then-new Artsy Editor WordPress plugin, and have since been impressed with the many web projects he’s launched.

Just this week, he’s launched a new app, NeedNumbers, that makes it easy to collect phone numbers from your Facebook friends and import them to your phone. Let’s see his thoughts on web development, mobile versus the web, and the dangers of products adding the features you built as add-ons. (more…)

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