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Dec 1, 2008 | Comments

Charlie Hoehn posted a challenge called 3^3:

“Over the year, we all discovered new things that we now love and recommend to everyone. Restaurants, food, movies, songs, bands, books, websites, articles, Youtube videos, etc. We recommend them because we’re confident that they’ll enrich another person’s life in some way or another. This is genuine word-of-mouth marketing.”

“I’m calling this “The 3^3 Project (three to the third) because you need to recommend 3 things, describe each of them in 3 sentences, and then ask 3 more people to join this discussion.”

“What I want you to do is this:

  • Post (preferably in the comment section below or on your own blog) your top 3 favorite things that you’ve really gotten into this year and want other people to check out.  Your suggestions can be anything.  They don’t even have to be things that came out this year; you just have to have fallen in love with them during 2008.
  • For each of your recommendations, you have to sell us on it in 3 sentences or less.  No paragraphs — just a few sentences.  Bonus points if you make it actionable by including a link, which will make it easier for everyone to actually see what you’re talking about.
  • After that, you should ask 3 more people to add to the list.”

Matt’s list:

  • Grooveshark: When I want to hear a song, I go to Grooveshark. The interface is simple. I get to listen to the WHOLE song. Playlists are easy to navigate. Bonus points for having esoteric artists uploaded.
  • Google Reader: Really, this is a plug for RSS. Google Reader is my personal knowledge assistant. I store everything I want to stay up-to-date on in folders (e.g., technology, design, marketing, business). For some reason, I’m compelled to access my feed daily, and I’m now much more informed than ever before.
  • The Brooklyn Public Library: Libraries are quite different than when I was in high school. Most libraries, including the Brooklyn library, allow members to reserve books (and new titles!) online and have them routed to your nearest branch. You can then keep renewing them online (I have a few books checked out for 5 months). Every couple weeks, I reserve 5 or 6 books, and I’ve saved myself hundreds of dollars.
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  • It truly amazes me when people aren't using RSS. Thanks for the tip on Grooveshark! How would you say it compares to Pandora?

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