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Published 06/22/2009 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by Adam Brown
What can you use the app for? is a shared revenue social media community. The site consists of how-to, do it yourself and knowledge media on a wide variety of subjects generated by the site’s users. Users who contribute content share in the ad revenue from the site. The site has a large number of articles and videos, which can be searched by keyword or browsed via well-organized categories. Some of the topics available for browsing include Culture, Geography, Health, History, People, Science, Technology, and Society.

There is a browser-based text editor available for creating articles and video articles. There are also templates available for a blank article, a video article, a how-to article and a review article. Users can subscribe to RSS feeds containing a particular author’s content contributions. Users can track their feed subscriptions along with the content they have contributed on their My Infobarrel page. The site hosts various contests from time to time, and there is a Things to Do page where users can help out on the site by editing articles that have bad grammar, spelling, etc. Users have an Achievement Score which is based on how much they have contributed to the site.

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What is the history and popularity of the app? was launched early in 2008 by Ryan McKenzie and Kevin Hinton of Hinzie Media, Inc. The site is based in BC, Canada.

What are the differences to other apps?

Competition to Infobarrel comes from sites such as eHow, Bukisa, and WikiHow. All of these sites provide informational content with a varying degree of user-generated content. Bukisa is probably the site most similar to Infobarrel, with all of its content being contributed by users. Ehow consists of content provided by eHow professional authors as well as content contributed by users. consists entirely of professional content, and WikiHow consists entirely of user generated content, but in a wiki format (articles are edited by numerous authors).

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Infobarrel site has a fairly uncluttered look and feel. The site is quite responsive, and page loads happen quickly. The home page has a convenient search bar as well as a listing of the major categories available for browsing. There is a convenient top menu bar shown on all pages of the site. Tabs on the navigation bar include Home, Create, Members, Blog, Contests and Things to Do. Advertising is displayed on the site, some of which is relatively obtrusive.

How does the registration process work?

Registration at the Infobarrel site is free and is not required to view content. Registration is required in order to leave comments, contribute content or subscribe to author feeds. The registration process asks for username, password, full name and email address. Optionally the user is prompted for their Google Adsense ID (this is required to share revenue from contributions), an avatar, gender, date of birth, city and country. There is no premium membership offered to the Infobarrel site.

What does it cost to use the application?

Infobarrel is designed to that users can share in the ad revenue made from their content. As such,the app is free to use.

Who would you recommend the application to?

The InfoBarrel site is recommended to authors who wish to earn an income from sharing their knowledge in a particular subject area. The site has a large number of user contributed how tos, do it yourself and instructional articles and videos. Not all articles are of high quality, a lot of content is written just for the money.

  • Site contains a large number of informational articles and videos on a wide variety of subjects
  • Content can be located by searching based on keywords or by browsing well organized categories
  • Users can subscribe to individual author’s content via RSS feeds
  • Users can contribute content and share in the ad revenue earned when the content is viewed
  • The site is well laid out and easy to use

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